Lou Carruthers Crumbs and Corkscrews

Hi I’m Lou…

… Dessert obsessed baker, busy 9-to-5er, and the recipe developer and photographer behind Crumbs and Corkscrews. Based in the UK, I live in the beautiful Cotswolds.

Crumbs and Corkscrews began in 2012 when I returned to work after running my award-winning cake design business. Now, the blog is about so much more than just bakes, it’s about deliciously easy desserts.

My goal is simply to inspire you to make life a little sweeter in and out of the kitchen.

I’m so glad to have you here with me and I can’t wait for you to start trying some of my recipes.


I started Crumbs and Corkscrews as an excuse to keep on baking after I decided to return back to my professional career as an Instructional Designer. At first I focused just on cakes and cupcakes, but I had so many requests for all sorts of desserts and sweets that my sweet tooth just couldn’t so no. And here we are!

My brother and I grew up with our Granny living with us and the cake tins were never empty. From fruit scones to mince pies, jam tarts to Victoria sponges; she was always baking. And as you can expect my brother and I were they waiting for the spoon. Granny taught me to bake from scratch and I haven’t stopped!

My passion for food and especially the love of baking from my Granny was why I started the blog. But over the years, it’s you, my fabulous readers and community that continue to inspire me. All your messages and comments that share how baking brings everyone together means so much. Thank you!

While cake design and baking used to be my full-time job, I missed my professional career. I decided to return to the 9-to-5 ten years ago where I’m an Senior Design Consultant within the Leadership and Culture sector working with clients all across the globe. My role is still very creative which I absolutely love and I share my recipes and bakes with my colleagues too.

Although in a previous career time, I ran my own cake design business and bakery, unfortunately now I no longer create bespoke cakes or sell any of the cakes, bakes or desserts I make. The recipes I develop and post on Crumbs and Corkscrews are for you to make and enjoy.

I don’t teach any baking or cake decorating classes but I do run my Kitchen Live series, twice a year, that streams via Facebook and YouTube. During each series, I live stream creating deliciously easy recipes, taking you through the recipe step-by-step with loads of hints, tips and lots of chat with our community. If you’re interested, you can check out previous Kitchen Lives and sign up for notifications when the new series begins.

What you’ll find here

A little bit of everything that makes life sweeter – from brownies to cupcakes, cheesecake to ice cream, and everything in between.

I love to share my passion for baking, anything that involves flour, butter and sugar. And if there’s chocolate then we’re on to a winner.

Most of the recipes I create are super easy with simple ingredients and no-faff equipment. You will also find plenty of baking hints and tips to getting the best results every time.

I know you’ll love sharing these recipes with your family and friends and I promise they’ll love them too!

Lou Carruthers Crumbs and Corkscrews

My favourite recipes

These are my personal favourites that I make most often or are most requested by friends and family!

lets work together

Work with Lou

Food is my passion and I love working with brands, on projects or with people that are all about sweet treats, whether through sponsorships, recipe development, or ambassadorships.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about what you hope we can create to together.

Get in touch

Please feel free to reach out to me at hello@crumbscorkscrews.com

Media kits are available upon request.

More than a food blog…

Tried & tested recipes

If you’re just starting on your baking journey or you’re hitting star baker every time, you’ll find our recipes easy to follow every step of the way.

We’re a friendly bunch!

Just want to say hi or have a baking question you need help with, our ever-growing community is always ready to help. Come and join us!

Packed with hints & tips

Feeling unsure about a recipe? Then check out my tutorials, FAQs and Tip for Success in every post and you’ll get perfect results each and every time.