Celebrating Armed Forces Day is a piece of cake for City of Glasgow College students

Armed forces Day Cake - Lord Provost and City of Glasgow College Armed forces Day Cake - Lord Provost and City of Glasgow College

Two students from City of Glasgow College have spoken about their excitement after being commissioned by Lord Provost Sadie Docherty to create a celebration cake in honour of Armed Forces Day week.

Lisa Richardson and Caroleanne Casson, who have both recently completed the NC Bakery course at City of Glasgow College, worked under the supervision of lecturer, Brian Leighton, to bake the delicious sponge cake which was skilfully decorated with the Armed Forces Logo. After being presented to the Lord Provost at Glasgow City Chambers, it was donated to veterans and their spouses through the Erskine charity.

Former Hillpark Secondary School pupil, Caroleanne, who decided to enrol on the course and pursue a career in the industry to bring baking skills back to her family, said: “When I was asked to help bake the cake, it was a huge honour. My family used to own a bakery on West Dumbarton Road before emigrating to Australia. I spent years working in an office but I always wanted to get into creative baking and bring it back to my family.”

The 34-year-old, who is now working in the industry, was last year named Student of the Year. She continued: “Baking a cake for the Lord Provost has been an honour and has given me a huge confidence boost. Returning to education was a big step, but I’ve really enjoyed it and have learnt so much during my time at City of Glasgow College.”

Lisa, who is from Port Glasgow, said: “Being involved in the making of this cake felt very special – it was a privilege to be asked to be a part of it. Showing our work to the Lord Provost has been a great experience and I can’t think of a better way for us to end our year at college.”

Brian Leighton, Bakery Lecturer at City of Glasgow College, added: “Lisa and Caroleanne worked tirelessly on this cake. I was really impressed with their work and they should be really proud of their achievement. Having the Lord Provost compliment their work has been a brilliant opportunity for the students.”

Willie McCurrach, Curriculum Head for Food at City of Glasgow College, said: “We were absolutely delighted to be given the honour of making and decorating a cake for such an important event in the city’s calendar, which then is donated to this amazing charity. It gives our students and teaching staff an opportunity to demonstrate their creative skills and talent which can be seen on the finished cake”