Launching her own cupcake-making business is the icing on the cake for a former college student.
Falkirk mum Keri Zaczek set up The BaKeri from the kitchen of her Woodlands home.
Thanks to the food hygiene skills gleaned when she studied for her HND in hospitality management at Forth Valley College, she was able to whisk her facility into shape to satisfy Falkirk Council that it met the criteria to become a registered bakery.
Keri (41) launched the business in August last year with the help of daughter Anna (17), husband Aaron and a secret sponge recipe handed down by her Bo’ness grandmother, Janet Thomson.
Since then the demand for her cupcakes has been booming with the iced confections going down a treat with customers.
Keri said: “When I left college in 2011, I worked at a couple of high end hotels, including on the reception at Norton House in Edinburgh. It was very nice, but not really what I wanted to do.
“So I then tried my hand as kitchen manager at a day centre for dementia sufferers in Linlithgow and running my own kitchen really appealed to me.
“I had always liked baking and was on holiday in America last summer, when I had an epiphany. I realised that was where my talents lay and with the support of my family, decided to start up my own business.”
Finding a name for her business proved more difficult so she enlisted the help of friends by organising a competition on Facebook.
She added: “The skills I learned at Forth Valley College, especially around food hygiene, served me well. I would definitely recommend anyone thinking about starting their own catering business to see what courses the college has on offer.”