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The Last Word: Marsha Phipps, owner of Cakings

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Marsha Phipps, is the owner of Cakings, a cake baking and decorating company located in East Dulwich. She is also the Author of the recipe book “Surprise Cakes” out for sale this month.

How long have you lived in the area?

I was born in East Dulwich Hospital (when it was a fully functioning hospital) and I have lived here all of my life!

What do you most value about the area you live in?

What I love most about East Dulwich is the variety of restaurants on Lordship Lane. From burgers to pizza, to French cuisine to pub grub. I love to try different foods available in the area!

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

My second favourite thing about living in East Dulwich is the access to local parks. I can literally walk to five different green spaces from where I live. I particularly like laying in Dulwich Park in the Summer.

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

The most famous person I have ever met is Pharrell Williams. I went to a Robin Thicke concert a few years ago and Pharrell Williams was there. Afterwards, when they emerged from the venue, a lady hugged Pharrell and I thought “well if she can do it…” so I walked around the crowd and right up to him and hugged him. The next day, my photo was in the Metro!

Describe your perfect weekend

My perfect weekend consists of going to the park with some friends to chill out in the summer, then heading out for something to eat and drink. Nothing too strenuous, as I am usually so busy all week.

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?

You’re most likely to find me driving around London delivering cakes. As most people have their weddings and other celebrations on a weekend, I normally make deliveries on a Saturday morning.

What is your favourite place to eat?

My favourite place to eat at the moment is Franco Manca. I find it funny when I go there with new friends and the waiter addresses me directly. Shows how often I frequent the place! The pizzas are so fresh and lovely and the customer service is great.

Coffee or tea? Where?

I like to go to Le Chandelier for tea, and have had lunch there a few times too. I love the decor and choice of teas!

The best meal I’ve ever had…

Was in Iceland this year (the country!) We went to a place called The Fishmarket, which had a lovely eclectic mix of Icelandic dishes and sushi. My favourite part was the dessert, a white chocolate cheesecake, which was absolutely delicious – it took me 20 minutes to get through it!

If money was no object…

I would spend my mornings swimming, my afternoons learning how to rock climb, and my evenings learning how to play Acoustic Guitar.

The book I’m reading at the moment…

I just finished reading The Long War series by Christian Cameron, and I am re-reading Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.

www.cakings.co.uk