7th August 2020 We are delighted to have teamed up with fledgling local business, Vies Jamaican Rum Cakes. Based right here in Cumbria, these delicious treats offer cake lovers a true taste of Jamaica. Owner of Vies Jamaican Rum Cakes, Elaine, recently launched her #ViesNeedsAVan crowdfunding campaign, and we were only too happy to support her. In total, 131 supporters stepped up to help Elaine, with Matson Ground Holidays and Birkdale House becoming her new corporate sponsor. Make sure you look out for her van next time you're in the Lake District. The Rummiest Cake in the Lake District Vie's Jamaican Rum Cakes are made using a secret recipe handed down through generations. Brim full of juicy fruits and Jamaican rum, Elaine uses her mother's closely guarded recipes to produce this delicacy. And she does it all here in the Lake District, with a strong commitment to sustainability. All her cakes are made with local free-range eggs and flour. The special edition Christmas cake is made with Jefferson's Extra Fine Dark Rum from the Rum Story in Whitehaven. What's more, the cakes are baked in a local, award-winning bakery which has achieved 'green certification' and has a gluten-free kitchen. And the icing on the cake (pardon the pun), is that they are packaged using biodegradable, compostable food grade bags and raffia. Traditionally, the gift of Rum Cake is a token of friendship and respect, so we have decided to include this delicious treat in all of our welcome packs. The perfect start to your Lake District break. The History Vie's Jamaican Rum Cakes are named after Elaine's mother, Agnes Viola Henry, aka 'Vie'. Like many Jamaicans who travelled to Britain in the 1960's in search of a better life, Vie settled down and worked hard for her family. But she never forgot her Jamaican heritage. Sadly, Vie passed away in 2018. However, Elaine vowed to create a legacy and Vie's Jamaican Rum Cake was born, not only a fitting tribute to her inspirational mother but also to her Jamaican heritage. The Cakes There are six cakes from which to choose. Three original options and three gluten free options. For more details on the rummy, rummier and rummiest cakes and how to buy them, please click here. If you would like to get in touch with us, please click here. We're off for some cake!