Yorkshire Times
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Graham Clark
Features Writer
10:40 AM 28th January 2021

Leeds Nanny Cooks Up A Storm As The Savvy Baker

Savannah Roqaa, known as The Savvy Baker
Savannah Roqaa, known as The Savvy Baker
During the first lockdown, Leeds baker and nanny who launched an online brownie business as a 'hobby' has become so successful she is working round the clock to keep up with demand.

Savannah Roqaa, known as 'The Savvy Baker', 24, set up her baking business from her small apartment kitchen in Roundhay as something fun to do during the first lockdown. Within a few months, she now has a successful online business, six full-time staff working around the clock to keep up the demand and celebrity clients such as Leeds and England player Kalvin Philips.

Savannah, formerly a makeup artist developed her love of baking while looking after young children in her most recent role as a nanny.

Savannah said:

"I've never been a baker, but I'm naturally creative and it was a fun and educational thing to do while looking after the children. When lockdown started in March 2020, I started making brownies and dropping off care packages to my friends to cheer them up! They shared images of the cakes then on social media, and before I knew it, I had people direct messaging me for brownies and cakes and overnight I set-up The Savvy Baker."

"Initially I worked from home, but right from the off I was baking 30 - 40 boxes of brownies a week so quickly outgrew my kitchen. I have lots of friends in the nightlife industry, so they kindly let me use their premises to bake from."

The Savvy Baker offers a range of cakes, cookies and brownies from £10 to £35 with the biggest seller by far being the OG – Mars Brookie.

Due to the power of Instagram, within six months, the business had grown from strength to strength with over 25k followers. The Savvy Baker now posts out over 500 boxes a week, has moved to commercial premises and employs up to 6 staff, ranging from assistant bakers, packers and drivers.