TAUNTON cake bakery Sians Sweet Treats announced it would be closing its doors for good earlier this month.

The company, which has had the bakery on Severn Drive for three years, said it has instructed a "company liquidator" as it is unable to meet financial obligations. 

Sians Sweet Treats said its staff had put their "heart and soul" into the business, and that they were "extremely sorry to have to close".

Sian Hughes started baking as a hobby in 2015, and then began the business from her own home during lockdown in 2021 with the help of good friend and fellow baking enthusiast Lily Cooper.

In a Facebook announcement, a spokesperson for Sians Sweet Treats wrote: "We are sad to announce that after three years, we are closing our doors, and our business for the last time this evening.

"We are to instruct a company liquidator on Monday 3rd June 2024, as we are unable to meet our financial obligations going forward, and after a very turmoil couple of months, rising costs and other sources of pressure, we have made this difficult decisions with many tears and heartache."

The company said it would be honouring all outstanding orders and cakes, and those with unspent gift cards will now need to make a claim to the liquidator. The announcement warned that "there will be no guarantee of money back."

It continued: "We will be HONOURING all orders, cakes etc personally, we don’t want anyone to be without or out of pocket, so we will contact everyone in due course to make sure there is no stress."

The statement concluded: "We’re extremely sorry to have to close, anyone that knows us will know we have put our heart and soul in to our business and really can’t stress enough how dedicated our team have been through these issues."