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A CAKE decorator who bakes for the stars revealed she uses her great-gran's recipe – to make hyper-realistic designs resembling Jurassic Park dinosaurs and fast food.

Christie Boyle, 29, made a wedding cake for comedian Kevin Bridges, and was commissioned to make a celebration cake for ex-Celtic captain Scott Brown when he left the club.

Glasgow School of Art graduate Christie initially worked as a graphic designer part-time while baking at weekends.

She was offered the chance to use a kitchen and poured savings for a deposit into launching her business instead.

Cake Days a Week was launched in 2018 and is based in Glasgow's East End, opposite Barrowland Ballroom.

One of Christie's most popular cakes resembles a fry up.

She made one which looks like a Subway sandwich complete with the wrapper and receipt.

Another resembled a fish supper – along with 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 great-gran's sponge cake recipe, and uses chocolate fondant to make the cakes air tight.

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She considers herself to be a cake decorator rather than a baker as she uses the same recipe.

All the cakes are bespoke custom designed, with the smallest ones starting at £160.

She makes between eight to 12 cakes per week, starting at 6.30am and doing a 12-hour shift for five days and working 7am until 1pm on Saturdays – and says some people think she's mad for putting in such a hard shift.

A haunted castle recently took a week to make.

Christie said: "I don't do mad flavours, it's tried and tested.

"I never say no, I just say 'I'll make that' or 'I'll try that'.

"I get enjoyment from the feeling, it's infectious.

"You want people to like it.

"If it's not good you take money off.

"I made a cake for a West Ham player which was for a wedding in London.

"I never say no, there's no point.

"People say 'you're mad', it doesn't bother me really.

"I make about eight to 12 cakes a week.

"I've got a lot quicker but the quality remains high.

"I never saw myself being a cake decorator, it just happened by accident.

"It's been ten years since I made my first cake so it's lovely to look back on."

She gets support from her entrepreneurial husband who she said is her biggest cheerleader.

Christie has one person helping her but would like an extra pair of hands.

She said: "I feel really lucky, after lockdown people have had such a change of mindset and just want to enjoy life.

"People come to me to celebrate special occasions.

"I just keep my head down and do what people are wanting.

"I don't copy any designs."

She does a sketch of an idea, and shows punters photos the night before they collect it.

As yet Christie has not felt ready to enter any competitions but may decide to next year.

Christie said: "A big cake could take a week.

"I reinforce all the sponge with sugar syrup, and I used chocolate fondant ganache to make it air tight.

"I've done baby Yoda and Chewbacca, and Ibrox and Parkhead football stadiums.

"They can be 3ft or 4ft tall.

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"The amount of times people have turned up in a small car and needed to get a van.

"I've been doing this since 2014, the Subway cake people are still talking about."

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