Sweet Royal wedding treat for Ythanvale residents

The care homes will receive a cake like this
The care homes will receive a cake like this

Residents at Ythanvale Care Home will enjoy a slice of cake while watching the Royal wedding after winning a Facebook competition.

Over 5,000 comments were posted putting over 180 different North East care homes forward to receive a three-tiered wedding cake decorated with a photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who tie the knot this Saturday (May 19).

Ythanvale had the highest number of nominations with 394 votes.

Other care homes that will receive a cake are Lethen Park Care Home, Portlethen; Haven Court Care Come, Stonehaven; Fergus Care Home, Dyce and Jesmond Care Home, Bridge of Don.

The idea for the competition arose after Oyin Adekola, owner of Aberdeen-based cake shop, O’Caykx, wanted to do something special to celebrate the wedding.

She met with her Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire adviser, James Hailstones, to discuss ideas.

He suggested baking cakes for the elderly, and the former oil and gas market analyst, who makes an average of 35 celebration cakes per week in her Schoolhill shop, jumped at the idea.

She said: “Many of the older generation have a real affection for the Royal family, and everyone loves a good wedding. With many care homes already planning to pop up bunting and watch the event live, James and I felt that offering something tasty for them to enjoy during the nuptials would be the icing on the cake!

“Wedding cakes are an integral part to all weddings, with guests remembering what they looked and tasted like; and second to the bride’s dress people always want to see the cake – and I can’t wait to see what the Royal couple have chosen for theirs.

“I’ve been taken aback by just how popular the competition has been; it really has resonated with people, and am grateful for the continued advice and support I receive from Business Gateway.”

Having juggled her role in oil and gas with cake making for a number of years, Oyin decided to give up her job to launch O’Caykx in 2013.

Although the business continued to grow, sales started to slow down at the start of 2017 and she began to question the shop’s future.

After speaking to her city centre manager, Geoff Cooper, she got back in touch with Business Gateway and was accepted onto its European-funded Business Boost programme, which armed her with a new marketing strategy. Since implementing the new plan last year, sales have risen steadily.

She said: “When you run a small business, you are just so consumed by the day-to-day running of it that you often can’t see the potential for growth. I needed to take a step back and Business Boost helped me do just that. Working with a marketing expert, I set up an online shop and focused our advertising on the wedding cakes we make. The invaluable support I’ve received from Business Gateway and my dependence in God – as he has always sent me help when I needed it most - has really helped get the business where it is today.”

James Hailstones, Business Gateway said: “Having used our start-up service back in 2013, Oyin turned to us for further advice when her business faced challenging times. With our help, we were able to provide her with the knowledge and practical skills needed to attract new customers which has helped kick-start the growth of her business. Her cakes receive rave reviews and I am sure the care homes who have won a wedding cake will be delighted.”