Baking is a piece of cake for one Dundee College lecturer who is currently helping her class bake an 80lb, yuletide monster in the shape of a Christmas tree.
Part-time chef lecturer Doreen Culley confesses, however, that when she was a student at Dundee College 22 years ago she really believed that she would never be a baker.
She said: “To be honest, my baking back then was a disaster! I know now that I didn’t have the passion for it, something I have plenty of now.”
The lecturer uses her own experiences to help present day students fulfil their potential.
“I have made every mistake in the book – and a few more, but I learned from them. I also believe baking can be a tremendous team building exercise, making this giant Christmas cake is a case in point.”
The cake, which stands over 2ft tall, was baked and decorated by HNC professional cookery students.
And there was certainly plenty of team work co-ordinating the ingredients which include four dozen eggs, 6lb of flour, 6lbs of sugar and 6lbs of butter.
“The students have done a fantastic job completing this project,” said Doreen who, just last week, started her own commercial cake-making business, Strathview Designs, working from her home at Bowriefauld by Forfar.