A mum who turned her love for home baking into a full-time job has been invited to create cakes for royalty at a special palace event.
Amy Gilmore, who gave up her career to pursue her hobby, has made 550 cake pops for the Duke of York, which have been delivered to St James’ Palace. The 34-year-old runs Polka Pops from her home in Ribchester, and her sweet treats will be on offer at Pitch @ Palace in London.
I thought somebody was having a laughAmy Gilmore
Amy, who began her business three years ago, said: “It came about when I was on maternity leave.
“I used to be a baker at Asda in Blackburn and decided I didn’t want to go back and would work from home.
“I went and did a few farmers’ markets and it’s snowballed from there.”
Amy said she first became involved with the Pitch @ Palace event, which supports entrepreneurs boost their start-up businesses, at an event in Manchester which Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, attended.
She said: “It’s just come from that.
“I got a phone call from his advisor and asked if I would supply them for the event at the palace.
“I thought somebody was having a laugh.
“But then he said I’ll email you all the details and I would like to send you an invite to come.”
Amy has made 550 cake pops, each made of chocolate cake with white icing and the Pitch @ Palace logo.
She said: “I just feel amazed, really honoured, it’s surreal.
“Coming from a little village, a home-based business to be asked to go as a guest to the palace is amazing.”