ABC Cakes in Shotton appears on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
A DEESIDE cake company has been making brides’ dreams come true on Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.
ABC Cakes in Shotton appeared on the popular programme on Tuesday night.
Heather Burgess, 46, and Gill Broadfoot, 45, who opened the shop in 2007, have had an influx of orders for Travellers’ weddings over the last few years – and say business is booming.
The pair, who have 40 years experience in the industry, had to move to their current premises in Chester Road West in September 2008 as they needed more space to cope with demand.
Gill said: “Since our first cake for a Traveller wedding a few years ago orders have been increasing steadily.
“We already have another 14 cakes booked this year.
“Sometimes we work from 6am until 10pm for a whole week to get them finished. And we have up to 70 other cakes for different occasions to produce each week as well.”
Gill travels all over the country to set up the cakes and has been invited to attend numerous Traveller weddings.
The shop will also feature again later in the series at another reception.
“They are great fun, it’s like being in Cinderella,” she said.
“The Traveller brides really trust us. They come in and tell us what they want, but they don’t see the finished cake until they arrive at their wedding reception.
“We bring their ideas to life. Once I know they are happy I can relax.
“I think the biggest one we did had 17 tiers and 20 smaller cakes around it.
“Each time a bride comes in they want bigger than the last cake we made!”
Gill told the Chronicle she was thrilled to see her and Heather’s creations when the programme went on air.
One of the shop’s employees, 16-year-old Traveller Noreen, also made her TV debut on Tuesday.
“The TV crew spent a day in the shop last summer and came with me to Wolverhampton where I set a cake up,” said Gill.
“It was nice to see our hard work on national television.”