Leyland Wheel cake winner follows dream

Helen O'Leary with her Leyland Wheel Cake
Helen O'Leary with her Leyland Wheel Cake
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Winning a contest to create Leyland’s very own cake has inspired Helen O’Leary to finally pursue her baking dream.

Helen, age 34, from Helmsley Green, won the Leyland Festival competition to invent a cake associated with the town, which will be sold in local Glover’s bakeries in the New Year.

She came up with the ‘Leyland Wheel’ cake to celebrate the area’s vehicle heritage, and used the wheel feature in the town centre for inspiration.

Now, she has decided to set up her own business from home, so she can continue doing the thing she loves most.

She said: “I’ve always enjoyed baking, and I think I can be quite adventurous with recipes. My friends have said my cakes are good enough to sell, which is what gave me the boost to enter the competition.

“I used to just bake for friends and family at special occasions, but now I’ve set up Mrs O’Leary’s Cakes Ltd from home.

“I’m a manager at a disabled transport business by day, and a baker by night.

“It’s early days, but I’m on Facebook and I’ve done a couple of farmer’s markets, so we’ll see how it goes.”

As well as making a brand new cake for the competition, which she describes as being like Sticky Toffee Pudding and Parkin, Helen also designed little boxes to put it in.

“I felt like I was doing GCSE homework,” she said. “I went a bit over the top, but it helped me get into the spirit of it all!”

She added: “I’m Leyland born and bred and I’m very proud of my town, which is why I wanted to take part, and I was just over the moon when I won.

“I go into Glovers everyday too, so I’m really excited to see my cake on the shelves next year.

“I’ll have to buy one!”

- To find out how you can buy or order some of Helen’s cakes, visit www.facebook.com/MrsOLearysCakesLtd