A WOMAN in Ochiltree has turned her lockdown hobby of cake-sculpting into a near-profession by taking her creations to an international stage.

Tracey Mckay became interested in the art of cake-sculpting after watching TV programmes such as ‘Cake Boss’ but had never ventured into designing any lavish cakes of her own.

When lockdown hit, Tracey decided that there was no better time to level up her home-baking skills.

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Since then, and totally self-taught, Tracey has made multiple cakes, including a bespoke NHS cake for frontline workers, and has come up trumps at Cake International, one of the biggest and most popular sugarcraft, cake decorating and baking shows.

Tracey said: “I decided to take the bull by the horns and enter Cake International which is a huge competition.

“They always do it down in Birmingham or London but obviously with COVID, they did an online competition worldwide.

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“I sculpted a bald eagle flying with an octopus wrapped round it and it got commended. That was my very first attempt.

“I also made a separate cake for an NHS nurse. Her daughter is at my daughter’s riding school so I asked her if she’d take it into East Ayrshire Community Hospital to cheer the staff up.”

Tracey is now considering starting her own business adding: “The response I’m getting is really good so we’ll see what happens.”

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