A CAKE decorator who cooks for the stars has revealed she uses her great-grandmother’s recipe – to create hyper-realistic designs resembling Jurassic Park dinosaurs and fast food.
Christie Boyle, 29, baked a wedding cake for comedian Kevin Bridges and was tasked with baking a birthday cake for former Celtic captain Scott Brown when he left the club.
A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Christie first worked as a part-time graphic designer while cooking on the weekends.
She was offered the option of using a kitchen and paid savings for a deposit into her business launch instead.
Cake Days a Week launched in 2018 and is based in the East End of Glasgow, opposite Barrowland Ballroom.
One of Christie’s most popular cakes looks like a fry.
She made one that looks like a Subway sandwich with the packaging and the receipt.
Another was like a fish supper – accompanied by a pickled egg.
Some have been so huge that a transit van is needed to transport them, and others take up all the space in the passenger seat.
Self-taught Christie uses her grandmother’s sponge cake recipe and uses chocolate fondant to make the cakes airtight.
She considers herself a cake decorator rather than a baker because she uses the same recipe.
All cakes are bespoke, with smaller ones starting at £160.
She bakes between eight and 12 cakes a week, starting at 6.30am and working a 12-hour shift for five days and working 7am-1pm on Saturdays – and says some people think she’s crazy about having worked such a difficult shift.
A haunted castle recently took a week to make.
Christie said: “I don’t do crazy flavors, it’s tried and tested.
“I never say no, I just say ‘I’m going to do this’ or ‘I’m going to try this’.
“I take pleasure in feeling, it’s contagious.
“You want people to like it.
“If it’s not good, you take money away.
“I made a cake for a West Ham player for a wedding in London.
“I never say no, it’s useless.
“People say ‘you’re crazy’, I don’t really mind.
“I make about 8 to 12 cakes a week.
“I was much faster but the quality is still high.
“I never saw myself decorating cakes, it happened by accident.
“It’s been ten years since I baked my first cake, so it’s nice to look back.”
She gets support from her entrepreneur husband who she says is her biggest cheerleader.
Christie has someone helping her but would like an extra pair of hands.
She said: “I feel really lucky, after the lockdown people have changed their minds so much and just want to enjoy life.
“People come to see me to celebrate special occasions.
“I keep my head down and do what people want.
“I don’t copy any design.”
She sketches an idea and shows pictures to bettors the night before they pick her up.
So far, Christie hasn’t felt ready to compete, but may decide to compete next year.
Christie said: “A big cake could take a week.
“I reinforced all the sponge cake with sugar syrup, and I used fondant chocolate ganache to make it airtight.
“I did Baby Yoda and Chewbacca, and Ibrox and Parkhead football stadiums.
“They can be 3 feet or 4 feet tall.
“The number of times people showed up in a small car and needed a van.
“I’ve been doing this since 2014, the Subway cake people are still talking about.”