Attleborough mum receives award for her Harry Potter, VW Camper and Alice in Wonderland cakes
Making a VW Camper van or motorbike may be tricky for some people, but it is a piece of cake for one Norfolk businesswoman.
And now Attleborough mum-of-two Elaine Thorpe, 27, has received the icing, the award for East Anglia's Best Wedding Cake Designer 2011 in the East Anglia Wedding Supplier Awards run by the Wedding Voucher Book.
The prize was presented to her for her work running Diamond Cakes, specialising in creating birthday and wedding cakes tailored to people's designs, ranging from VW Campers and 3D Harry Potter LEGO figures to a Mad Hatters Tea Party and Alice In Wonderland characters.
The former Attleborough High School pupil, who grew up in the town and now lives in Richmond Park, turned a hobby baking speciality cakes for friends into a business two years ago and has since seen her number of customers rise more quickly than the dough she has been baking.
Some of her popularity has come about by word-of-mouth, but a lot more through her page on social networking website Facebook, which has 3,000 fans.
Her interest in baking cakes stemmed from when she was younger and used to help her grandmother Jackie Hurn, 76, who also lives in Attleborough.
She used to specialise in birthday cakes, but has since branched out to do more wedding cakes, baking 46 last year.
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Prior to starting the cake business, which she runs from home, she used to work helping adults with learning difficulties at Attleborough Day Services.
She said: 'I am really flattered. All my fans nominated me on Facebook because they thought I was worth an award. I got through the first stage to the finals then people had to nominate me again.'
She lives with her husband Jason, 29 and children Louis, four and Kaci, six.