Thursday, September 29, 2005

Coronation Street Cakes



When Coronation Street bosses decide to throw a big soap wedding, they always turn to one family bakery to put the icing on the cake.

Trifles in Market Avenue, Ashton under Lyne, have been supplying spectacular sponges to the programme for almost 20 years.

And their skills were called into action yet again as butcher Ashley Peacock finally tied the knot with nanny Claire Casey in a festive special on Christmas Day.

As millions tuned in to watch the sweethearts get hitched, cake-maker Suzanne Ratcliffe couldn't wait to catch a glimpse of her own creation on the small screen.

Suzanne, whose mum Florence owns the business, said: "It's really special when you see the cakes on telly, because we do take a lot of time over them.

"I had to make each individual petal for all the roses on Ashley and Claire's cake. It took about a day to finish, so you need a lot of patience.

"We made the one for Karen and Steve's wedding, too, but sadly they spent most of the programme standing in front of it. I also decorated the one for Gail and Richard Hillman's wedding and he turned out to be a serial killer, so hopefully Ashley and Claire's marriage will be happier."

Trifles' list of exclusive "clients" include Curly and Emma Watts, Hayley and Roy Cropper, Fred and Eve Elliott and Bethany Platt.

Ashley and Claire's cake was on display in the shop window, but Suzanne warns it's not as mouth-watering as it looks.

"The base is made from polystyrene, so I wouldn't recommend eating it," she said.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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