Amy’s Little Cakery: Ramsbottom teacher’s amazing 2D-style cartoon cakes go viral on Instagram

Part-time baker Amy Bicknell from Ramsbottom has amassed over 100,000 Instagram followers for her side hustle, Amy’s Little Cakery.

A part-time baker from Greater Manchester creates epic 2D-looking cakes that look like they are straight out of a cartoon. Amy Bicknell, 44, was inspired to create her own cartoon cake after spotting a picture of one on Instagram.

The first cake she made proved challenging as she doesn’t normally work with fondant icing, preferring ganache instead, but her animated-style slice cake soon became incredibly popular. Amy has now made about 10 cartoon cakes and been inundated with requests from around the world for special occasions like birthdays and even wedding cakes. Footage shows her entire process, from covering the sponge in icing and perfectly smoothing it out, to lining the edges with thin black fondant to create the animated effect. Amy, from Ramsbotton, is an assistant headteacher at a secondary school, so she bakes in her spare time.

She started Amy’s Little Cakery in April 2020 for fun during lockdown and had no intention of it becoming a business. Amy said: “I created a page for my cakes as I had private social media accounts due to being a teacher.

“I quickly grew a following and it just spiralled from there. I never expected my account to grow so quickly, but I’ve been very lucky to work as a brand ambassador with several amazing companies. I love what I do and find it to be a creative release from a very stressful job. I have met many lovely bakers along the way!”

Amy Bicknell Credit: SWNS/ Amy's Little Cakery Amy Bicknell Credit: SWNS/ Amy's Little Cakery
Amy Bicknell Credit: SWNS/ Amy's Little Cakery

Amy uses Instagram to share her creations, where she has amassed over 120,000 followers. The online reaction to her cartoon cakes has been ‘amazing’ as many people don’t even believe they are cakes until she cuts into them. Amy hopes that her projects help inspire other bakers to have a go at this trendy cake decoration.

She said: “I wanted to post my cakes online to showcase my work - it really makes people look twice as they look just like a drawing!

“I love an illusion that you can make out of cake and I hope they can make people smile.

“Cake making is a skill! I hope people are inspired and wowed by what I create."

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