Baker rises to occasion for Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: Helena Reed with the cupcakes made for Virgin Money.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: Helena Reed with the cupcakes made for Virgin Money.
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A SUNDERLAND baker has risen to the occasion to whip up a cake for billionaire businessman Richard Branson.

Today, the entrepreneur will cut into a giant cake made by Helena Reed in her Grangetown kitchen to mark 20 years of his Virgin Money brand.

He’ll be at the Gosforth offices to mark two decades since he founded the financial services company.

To mark the sweet success of the brand, Helena, who runs Baked Cupcakery, was commissioned to make 2,500 cupcakes to be distributed across the company’s regional offices, as well as a large cake for Richard to cut.

Helena said: “I’ve had a few orders from Virgin Money in the past, but this is one of the biggest orders I’ve ever had to do.

“It was about two weeks in the planning and about a week of baking.

Helena's Baked Cupcakery business also baked a giant cake for Sir Richard Branson.

Helena's Baked Cupcakery business also baked a giant cake for Sir Richard Branson.

“It’s great to do a big order like this for such a big company, and it’s something I’d like to do more of.

“Everyone said cupcakes would be a fad, but I’ve been doing them for four years now and people don’t seem to be getting sick of them yet.”