You can resign in a number of ways these days; you can slam your fist down on the table and say “I won’t be back!” (bad reference), or you can send in a nice, professional letter (good reference). If you’re Chris Holmes, though, you send in a cake with your resignation letter inked in frosting on the top (best reference anyone’s every got, ever).

Addressing his edible letter "To The Management", Holmes writes: "Having recently become a father I now realise how precious life is and how important it is to spend my time doing something that makes me, and other people, happy. For that reason, I hereby give notice of my resignation, in order that I may devote my time and energy to my family, and my cake business." What’s even more brilliant, is that Holmes did this not for viral fame and glory. "The writing was quite fiddly," he says (he had practised on a sheet of paper). "I would have done it a bit neater if I'd known it was going to go viral." The new dad came up with the idea to bake his goodbye sponge six months ago, while his wife was still with-child. Judging by the attention he’s got from this one cake, we’re betting his cake business will take off and be a huge success. We might not bet on it, actually, but we certainly hope it will.

"Timing-wise, it's quite a risk [to launch a business] with the economy as it is at the moment. But I have looked at the books time and again and every way I look at it, it is viable as a sole employment." He chose a passion cake, he says, because "it was quite an appropriate choice, given I was following my passion. If it all goes to plan, Ben is to thank for giving me that kick to get on and do something I have a passion for."