Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler enjoys taste of success with Zoepop’s Cakes
Zoe MacDonald. HOMECOMING cake to celebrate Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler’s historic medal win is the latest commission for primary school teacher, baker and mum of five boys,
As the youngest member of Team GB for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Amy produced a stunning floor routine to claim bronze, becoming the first British gymnast to medal in the event and propelling the 16-year-old from schoolgirl to national hero.
While Amy was competing Rio, one of her neighbours contacted Zoe to make a special cake to welcome the teenager home for the party of all parties thrown by her proud community.
Zoe said that despite being busy with other orders, she couldn’t resit taking on such a special order which she was given free rein to design.
“I love making cakes especially when I can let my imagination go wild. I initially thought of doing the vanilla sponge cake in yellow and green as in the Brazilian colours but watching the coverage of the Olympics and the beautiful shots over Rio I just had to add the skyline in there and the stunning sunset too.
“When Amy completed her amazing floor routine and won the bronze medal that pretty much set the design, I really wanted to have the medal as a focus so left the middle tier plain. Thinking about Amy on the top, I really was a bit stumped for a while about what pose to put her in but as I looked online for images of her medal winning performance, I kept coming to photographs of her in her final pose with that big smile and it just had to be.”
“I watched the Floor final with my family, it was so exciting her routine was amazing we were all so impressed and it was a very tense wait to see if she could stay in the medal position.
“For a 16-year-old to achieve that is just phenomenal and I’m so proud that I could help congratulate her. I got a message from Rachel who had ordered the cake just seconds after her medal was confirmed saying “she’s amazing put a medal on the cake!”
Amy now joins Beth Tweddle as the only British female gymnast to win an individual medal at an Olympic Games, an awe-inspiring achievement. A member of South Durham Gymnastics Club, she first became interested in the sport aged two and now trains more than 30 hours each week on top of homework.
Stunning bakes by Zoe MacDonald of Zoepop's Cakes in Darlington
“It wasn’t really more pressure I always strive to make my cakes perfect so if it’s for a birthday or a wedding, Olympian or anyone else I always put my heart into it and try my utmost to give the client exactly what they want, even if they don’t always know what that is!
“It was lovely to know that it was the community that had all pulled together to pay for the cake too so I put a lot more time into it that the budget allowed but I really wanted to make sure it was a great cake for them all,” explained Zoe from Darlington who got into cake making accidentally.
As the mother of five boys she was experienced at making their birthday cakes when she was asked to make them for friends too and it snowballed from there two years ago.
“I’m a primary school teacher by profession but as my boys are still young – eldest is 12 and youngest is turning twin September, I work part-time. I tell people I always tell people I’m a full- time mum part-time teacher and I bake cakes for fun and to be honest with five boys and a husband it’s my only girly bit!
“Because of the boys I do try to limit myself to two cakes a week but to be honest I normally end up doing more as I hate saying no to people and when people come and give me a really unusual cake I just can’t resist a challenge!” said Zoe, 38, who named her creative sideline a ‘Zoepop’s Cakes’ after the nickname given to her by her mum.
“I’ve done all sorts of cakes from a huge lump of broccoli to a qfull-sized peregrine falcon, to sofas, bedrooms, Bagpuss or a family pet. I do love sculpted cakes and love the little details. I love really personal cakes so sure I drive my clients a bit mad asking questions to make sure I have all of the info I need.”
Zoe added: “I do like the Great British Bake Off but to be honest I’m usually too busy to watch it. I’ve had loads of people tell me that I should apply but I really don’t know how I would fit it in!”
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