A MUM-OF-ONE turned her passion for baking cakes into a lockdown business.

Lauren Goulding started off baking cakes for friends and family but because they said her cakes were so good, she decided to turn baking into a business.

The 26-year-old said that she set up her Instagram page with cake pictures and got inundated with orders.

Lauren, of Chadderton said: "I was really shocked that the business would take off so quickly, especially during lockdown.

"I have always loved baking and it is my passion but the decorating is my favourite part, it allows me to be creative."

Due to lockdown restrictions, Lauren is baking cakes from home but said she would love to own her own shop one day.

"I would open a shop and name it Bella's after my three-year-old daughter.

"At the moment there's not much hope but it is definitely something I will look towards in the future."

Since the start of lockdown, Lauren has baked over 100 cakes for special occasions such as birthdays and ruby wedding anniversaries.

She said that the cakes bring smiles to people's faces and she has had some great feedback.

"I delivered a cake for a couple celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary as a surprise from their children, the lady cried when she saw it and I got really emotional.

"I know it's only a cake but they bring lots of happiness to people, especially during lockdown."

Lauren works part time as a support worker and said her skills are self-taught.

"It started off slowly before lockdown where I would just bake for family and friends, I like all aspects of making the cakes.

"My favourite is a chocolate sponge with cream and jam, it always goes down well especially for the younger ones.

"I am forever looking at You Tube on ways to improve my decorating skills but for now I am really happy with what I have achieved.

"Life is short I say, buy the shoes and eat the cake."