A mum who gave up her full-time job to pursue her hobby has sampled the sweet taste of success after scooping an award for her quirky cakes.
Amy Gilmore, from Ribchester, beat stiff competition from national companies to win the Best Accessory category at the North West Wedding Awards for her home-made cake pop business, Polka Pops.
The cakes are made up of dozens of little ‘cake balls.’
Amy, who used to work as a baker for Asda, said: “I was on maternity leave with my youngest son in 2012 and decided that I wanted to stay with my three boys instead of going back to work.
“I’d sold the cake pops at a few farmer’s markets in the area and always ended up selling out of them and then when I made them for a friend of a friend’s wedding it just snowballed – everybody was asking for them.”
Amy, 33, was nominated by her fireman husband, Dave, 46, for the award and after a push for votes on social networking sites, found out she was a finalist.
She said: “I then had to ask for votes again then when we went to the black tie awards evening in Cheshire and my name was read out I was over the moon.
“I was up against some big names, including a shoe company who had won the past few years so it was a big shock.”
The mum-of-three to Morgan, 11, Sam, six, and two-year-old Toby, makes cake pop favours and multi-tiered cakes for all occasions, not just weddings.
Amy said: “I’m making some for a police officer’s retirement party this weekend in all manner of related decorations like cops and robbers, flashing lights and chequered black and white.
“I can make 200 of them in an evening and have eight different flavours including chocolate vanilla, chocolate mint, peanut butter and Baileys.
“The big cakes need 370 big cake balls and 100 small ones which take about four hours to make then I just construct it, like a wall, from the bottom.
“The boys all like them too but Morgan eats the most, he’s certainly got a sweet tooth.”