PLANS to open a cupcake cafe in her home city of Leeds have been revealed by Danielle Brown, sister of Spice Girl Mel B.
Leeds-born actress and model Danielle recently opened The Shed, a place for coffee and cakes in London, a popular spot for celebrities.
Now she says she is thinking about opening a similar venture in her beloved Yorkshire.
Today Danielle, 30, a busy mum to Mimi, three, and Hendrix, nine months, told how much she misses Leeds, yet loves her busy life in London.
She said: “We have been thinking and talking about opening up a branch of The Shed in Leeds. We have not found any premises as yet, but the idea is possible. Although I have been in London for 10 years now, I do miss Leeds and my best mates Charlotte and Maya. I try to get home as much as I can to see my parents and my mum comes to London to be with us.”
Danielle and partner George Lee, 31, a property developer, live in south London.
The former Intake High and Abbey Grange High School pupil said: “It’s been a lot busier than we thought, It’s all very trial and error, the cupcakes are simply amazing.”
Danielle admits although she is hands-on in the shop, she is not up to her elbows in cake mix: “I am not baking the cupcakes,” she laughs. “We have just had some new ones delivered saying ‘cute as a cupcake’ on them. They are so sweet.
“I did start out intending to bake but I simply don’t have the time.
“Of course the kids adore coming to the cafe with me, and Mimi likes to help out and little Hendrix likes being fussed over.
“Eventually I would like to set up a chain of Sheds, but one in my home city would be fabulous. My mum would love it.”
Danielle says she has taken a break from her showbiz life to enjoy motherhood: “I really love being a mum. When Mimi was born she had clicky hips, was quite ill and was in a pot cast, it was a really tough time. We are lucky as we tend to somehow manage the childcare and haven’t the need at the moment to employ a nanny.”
Her parents, Andrea and Martin, still live in Leeds. Her sister Mel B, who is now expecting her third child, lives in Los Angeles. Danielle is signed up to Can Associates, who manage Peter Andre and Kerry Katona.