Cakes calling: Scotland's smallest cake shop opens in phone box

Pick up a homemade treat from this decommissioned phone box in Argyll thanks to local bakers, Holly Ford and Bron Campbell

Published 28th May 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Friends Holly Ford and Bron Campbell decided to use their talents for baking and spread a little sweetness to Cladich and beyond by opening their shop Cakes in the Call Box last month.

Holly and Bron gave the phone box some much needed TLC with a lick of paint, installed shelves and added some decorations. Every day they bring a selection of homemade cakes and tray bakes to sell to locals and passersby.

Speaking to STV, Holly said: ""Both Bron and myself really love to bake and thought that transforming the derelict phone box into a small cake shop would be a perfect way to put our baking skills to the test and also bring the community of Cladich even closer together,"

Picture: Cakes in the Call Box Facebook

"We thought that giving the phone box a new lease of life would make it an eye catching and unique icon in Cladich. We've had fantastic support from the community, with everything from helping to paint and set up the phone box, to their custom and feedback.

"We're over the moon with how it's going so far."

Picture: Cakes in the Call Box Facebook

Holly and Bron bake delights such as mini lemon drizzle cakes, millionaire shortbread, raspberry blondies, custard creams, gluten free brownies, dairy free empire biscuits and cupcakes, and keep an eye on what is selling well in order to keep up with demand.

Payment is made via an honesty box, overlooked by the local Highland cows in the nearby fields.

Holly and Bron also use the phone box to advertise local businesses and offer a small book swap as well as their delicious bakes.

Cakes in the Call box
Picture: Cakes in the Call Box Facebook

Holly says: "Although Cladich has always been an eye catching place, it gives tourists a reason to stop and enjoy Cladich even more, hopefully bringing more visitors."

"We are going to put in a small guestbook but we've been left notes from people in Staffordshire and Berlin who have loved our idea," she adds.

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"We've also had lots of lovely comments from people we meet at the phone box."

Picture: Cakes in the Call Box Facebook

The local community is supporting shop, with artist Hilary Allison, who helped to give the phone box a makeover, selling a range of her prints and cards from her company Ten by Ten Paintings.

Since BT launched its Adopt a Kiosk scheme in 2008, many of the iconic red phone boxes in Scotland have been transformed into art galleries, libraries, information points and defibrillator kiosks. For just £1, this scheme gives communities the chance to take control (and maintenance) of their local phone box.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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