Baker Karen Templeton’s victory in TestTown Falkirk was the icing on the cake for the ambitious mum.
Now she hopes to swap her role with a security firm for running her own business.
The 39-year-old was one of five finalists who were given the opportunity to trade for one week in the Howgate shopping centre as part of a competition to help budding entrepreneurs convert their ideas into reality.
Organised locally by Falkirk Delivers, TestTown is a UK-wide initiative supported by the Carnegie Trust UK.
She will now go forward to the Grand Final with a chance of winning a £10,000 investment in her business, Karen’s Cakes.
Delighted at her success she said: “It started about 18 months ago when my son bought me a cookery book and I began making cakes for family and friends. When TestTown came along I decided to enter and put in my business plan.”
Karen, of Shieldhill, already has around 20 orders for celebration cakes from her time in the shopping centre. Her future plans include opening a cupcake cafe.
With a partner, three children and a four-year-old granddaughter there is no shortage of willing volunteers to try out her cakes but admits although every design is different, the Victoria sponge with buttercream icing is everyone’s favourite.
Falkirk heat runner-up was Maley’s Artisan Chocolates, with Chloebella Bags, Peaches and Dreams Art and Woof and Meow also finalists.