Elsa Tyndall constructed a purpose-built bakery on her parent’s dairy farm in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford last year.
The self-taught cake decorator – who trades under Elsa Bakes - specialises in bespoke cakes, including those for weddings and christenings.
“I have always had a passion for baking and from watching my mother and grandmother bake, it was only natural for me to take it up,” she explained to Catherina Cunnane – That’s Farming.
“The decorating came in later years when I had finished secondary school; at first it was a hobby and now it is my full-time career.”
A number of months ago, the Wexford native was approached by a customer who wanted something special created for her husband’s 60th birthday.
“Initially, the customer knew that she wanted a farm-themed cake. She gave me some information about the farmer and his favourite things.”
“These included his dogs, flock of sheep and his King Charles dog; I knew these aspects would be the focal points on the cake.”
"The client had faith in me to create something mind-blowing,” she added.
Elsa worked on the design for a considerable period before she began decorating the cake. “I let the creative juices flow and allowed the design to take shape, as I do with all my creations.”
In total, the cake – which was 32” in length in total - took 3-and-a-half days to create; every single detail was hand-created by Elsa, including the farmer’s dogs, a flock of sheep and Massey Ferguson tractor.
Most extravagant cake to date
When Elsa delivered the order to the venue, she met with the customer, who was “thrilled” with the creation. “I posted the cake on my social channels that evening and received an overwhelming response to the creation.”
“It definitely struck a chord with my following who responded with fantastic, supportive comments, which makes all the hard work worthwhile."
Elsa said that while this is not the first farming cake that she has created, it is her “most extravagant cake to date”.
“I thoroughly enjoyed creating this cake and seeing it come to life. As with all my cakes, the most important aspect of the design is how personal I can make it to the recipient,” she concluded.