Posted on 28th November 2017

It was last Friday 17th Nov at 3pm that a rather hesitant caller phone the Tayberry office to enquire if Tayberry would make Dundee Social Enterprise (DSEN) 2 Birthday cakes for their 10th Birthday Celebrations to share at Dundee’s Light Event on the 24th Dec and their next Networking Meeting on the 5thDec.

It became clear that this poor caller, who is, Raymond Chand, DSEN’s Events & Marketing Officer and a bit of a social media oracle was operating outwith his comfort zone. I mischievously asked him did he know what was involved in making a celebration cake and had this task been delegated to him. The answers were illuminating! No, he had no idea what was involved and yes, his CEO, Julie Farr, has delegated it, to him. Feeling his pain, I quickly went into Mission Possible mode!

Well Raymond, I launched into…… the cake itself is not the difficult or expensive bit. For a cake like this, you will need cake boards and boxes to transport. Given we do not normally do Celebration Cakes and I knew Moira our cook was likely to feel that the piping and decorating maybe a bit of a challenge, I asked Raymond what do you want the cake to look like. “Oh…. Just something with our logo on it” To the non-cake decorators reading this, it not that simple. So, I suggested in the first instance we make a cake in the shape of a 10 and if we could put DESN’s logo on the zero, as it is circular. “Sound good, “said a relieved Raymond. I have just to get this past Moira thinks me!

Next part of the mission was to phone Moira who had incidentally finished work by this time. You know the phone call, silence at the end of the phone, whether it thinking or what you have me into this time Funai! It was actually a bit of both. Moira quickly got into proactive mode and told me that we could order up the cake topper of DSEN’s Logo online, which we did. It was a quick spin on the way home into The Cake Guru in Brought Ferry to again tentatively ask if they had rectangular cake board to put a Number 10 on. Phew, they did and could also supply the cake boxes.

The finished cake is in the picture. I am not sure if that is what you call Partnership working, Co-production or simply helping out a desperate customer! Anyway, Happy Birthday DSEN, it has been 10 wonderful years and you have been a good friend and support to Tayberry.

Gillian Funai