A former pastry chef from Claridges who founded her own cake-making business has received a right royal appointment.

Jenny Hudson, founder of Warwickshire-based Sweet As, has been invited to make a cake for Prince Charles and Camilla's first wedding anniversary.

Ms Hudson, who started the company with help from The Prince's Trust, will present the cake at Clarence House on April 9.

"I'm so excited," said Ms Hudson, who started Sweet As last December so that she could combine work with caring for her two-year-old son.

"I first suggested to The Prince's Trust that I bake Prince Charles a Christmas cake. But, Clarence House suggested I make one for his first wedding anniversary.

"I've decided to make a chocolate cake decorated with berries and chocolate swirls. I've been told Prince Charles is particularly looking forward to receiving it."

Ms Hudson was introduced to all things chocolatey while working at Claridges in London.

Working under leading pastry chef Claire Clark, she learned the properties of chocolate and how best to work with it.

It was this experience that convinced her to specialise in chocolate with her own business.

"I became obsessed with chocolate cake," she said.

"Every time I went to a cafe or restaurant I would order it.

"I found most of the cakes were very stodgy and I was determined mine would be different.

"I decided to use local ingredients, except for the chocolate which I order direct from Belgium. I now only work with chocolate."

Although currently only supplying through orders from her sweet-as.co.uk web-site, Ms Hudson plans to open a shop within the next few months.

"It has been hard work, but running my own business means I have time to spend with my son and I get to work with chocolate all day - it's the perfect job!" ..SUPL: