Leeds cake maker cooks up transport treat for 3,500 Virgin trains East Coast staff

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Life is sweet for one Leeds cake maker – after being asked to cook up 3,500 tasty treats.

Tracey Burgess, who runs Board to Tiers, in Queen Street, Morley, has cooked up a carriage of cupcakes for Virgin Trains East Coast which has taken over the East Coast Main Line from Aberdeen to Plymouth.

The 52-year-old used around 40kgs of icing and 75kgs of cream to create an army of delicious desserts that were dished out to every employee of the train franchise that now operates the busy Leeds to London King’s Cross service.

Tracey and her colleague Harriet Docker spent around a week preparing the cupcakes, all branded with the slogan ‘It’s Going to be Sweet’, before taking a portion of them to Aberdeen and delivering to stations along the route yesterday.

“We’ve had our shop for about 10 years but I did it from home before that – I’ve been baking for about 25 years,” she said.

“It’s probably the biggest order we’ve ever had.”

Tracey Burgess, right, who runs Board to Tiers, in Morley, helped by Harriet Docker, adds the finishing touches to the last of 3,500 cupcakes they have baked for Virgin Trains East Coast. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Tracey Burgess, right, who runs Board to Tiers, in Morley, helped by Harriet Docker, adds the finishing touches to the last of 3,500 cupcakes they have baked for Virgin Trains East Coast. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Board to Tiers has made a series of high-profile sweets in recent years including a cake modelled on the set of Emmerdale, which ITV’s This Morning commissioned to mark the soap’s 40th anniversary in 2012.

Tracey, who is a City and Guild qualified cake maker, has also taught cake decorating at Leeds City College for several years.

The Virgin Trains East Coast delivery comes after she was asked to bake for the franchise’s predecessor, East Coast Trains, last year.

She said: “They’ve kept the same staff so that’s how they know about us.

I’ve been baking for about 25 years and this is the biggest order that we’ve ever had.

“It’s been a pretty huge undertaking.”

The first Virgin Trains East Coast departure – the 7.45am from Leeds – was disrupted due to engineering works on Sunday.

Passengers were transferred by bus to York where they caught the new franchise’s first train to London King’s Cross, which arrived 26 minutes early.

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson has a 10 per cent stake in the firm, while the rest is owned by Stagecoach Group.

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Visit www.cakesleeds.co.uk for more on Board to Tiers.

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