Virgin train station deal is a piece of cake

Tracey Burgess, right, who runs Board to Tiers cake shop is helped by Harriet Docker adding the finishing touches to the last of 3,500 cup cakes they have baked for staff members of Virgin Trains who have taken over the east coast contract. (TJ1007025c)
Tracey Burgess, right, who runs Board to Tiers cake shop is helped by Harriet Docker adding the finishing touches to the last of 3,500 cup cakes they have baked for staff members of Virgin Trains who have taken over the east coast contract. (TJ1007025c)
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Forget the Great British Bake Off, try making 3,500 cupcakes in just over a week!

That was the mammoth task facing cake shop owner Tracey Burgess and her equally efficient colleague Harriet Docker as they secured a lucrative deal with train operator Virgin.

Tracey and Harriet, who run Board to Tiers on Queen Street, worked their baking trays overtime after winning the contract to celebrate the company taking over the East Coast mainline.

The individual cakes have been despatched to stations across the train route, from Inverness all the way down to London, as a treat for peckish members of staff.

Tracey said: “We did a big cake for the mainline’s staff last year and they must have enjoyed it because they kept our number and gave us a ring this year.”

“I know Richard Branson’s going to York Station to mark the occasion so maybe he’ll get to try one!

“It was a big job but luckily we had family and friends who rallied around and helped us out. It went better than I thought it would - I thought we’d have been working until midnight every night but it wasn’t too bad in the end.”