They’re not your everyday doughnuts
Dessert lovers from near and far are coming through the Lyttelton Tunnel in hoards for the Willy Wonka-esque gourmet sweet treats at a small Lyttelton bakery.
Chocolate-filled syringes stabbed into doughnuts, jelly tip cheesecakes and cookie cake stackers are just some of the gems flying off the shelves at the Lyttelton Bakery.
‘‘I went from making 30 doughnuts a day to 350 daily. More like 800 on a Saturday,’’ said 24-year-old Bree Scott, owner of Glamour Cake, based at the Lyttelton Bakery.
‘‘My order book is completely full until Christmas. It’s crazy.’’
Bree, the 2014 New Zealand Baker of the Year, founded Glamour Cake, the newest craze taking over the small port town.
Baking for around six years, the Sumner local completed her three-year apprenticeship at the Lyttelton Bakery after finishing Catholic Cathedral College.
In 2015 she worked at a boutique bakery in Sydney making ‘‘ooh la la-type cakes’’, she said. On returning home from Australia, she wanted to bring unique gourmet desserts back with her, but with her signature flare.
‘‘I really wanted to do something different.
‘‘It’s not your everyday doughnut. And it really caught on.’’
She posts her daily creations and updates to her Glamour Cake Facebook page which has more than 26,000 likes.
‘‘Social media is amazing,’’ she said.
‘‘I never thought it was going to get this big and this many people. ‘‘The hard work has paid off.’’ Due to the company’s fast growth this year, meeting demand on her own has been difficult. On top of her average 70-hour week excluding Sundays, she now has one permanent assistant.
‘‘It’s only happened within the last three months or so. I’m just one person,’’ she said.
However the young baker said it was a privilege to do what she loved everyday, creating a product which made people happy.
‘‘I love how it’s bringing people to Lyttelton. We lost a lot of people and buildings because of the earthquake. It’s getting them out of that fear of the tunnel, it’s drawing in the community and helping local shops too.’’
After losing their London St site after the Canterbury 2011 earthquakes, Lyttelton Bakery was in a portacom for more than four years before moving to their spot at 8 Norwich Quay.
The passion for baking runs in the family. Bree’s father Ian Scott, owner of the Lyttelton Bakery, said the rise of Glamour Cake put Lyttelton back on the map.
‘‘We’re very proud [of Bree], she’s doing extremely well. She’s teaching the old boy new tricks,’’ he said.
Lyttelton’s Glamour Cakes owner Bree Scott with some of her own creations which are selling like hotcakes.
Anything goes at Glamour Cake.