Cupcakes by Gillian
November 2019 - Founder Member
Newton Mearns, South Glasgow and surrounding area
Hi. I’m Gillian Wilson and I run my cake business, Cupcakes by Gillian, from my home in Glasgow, Scotland.
I started my cake business in 2014, after the birth of my third child. I had been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years and had dabbled in cake decorating for friends and family for a few years, and had always loved baking. My daughter, who was 7 at the time, told me I should sell my cakes! And that’s where it all started!
I started out with cupcakes (hence the business name!), but very quickly diversified into large celebration cakes, and I will have a go at anything cake related! My real passion is sugar modelling.
In 2018 I decided I would take the plunge and start offering cake decorating classes - with a specific focus on sugar modelling. I became a Cake Dutchess instructor in 2018, and have been running Cake Dutchess sugar modelling classes since early 2019 from my cake class studio. I also run cupcake decorating classes, cake pop and cakesicle classes, and offer 1-2-1 sessions for anyone wanting to improve their cake decorating skills.
I have now been running classes for nearly a year - what has become apparent to me is that the ladies who attend my classes, come to learn but also come to share experiences, chat and build friendships with like minded people. My current Cake Dutchess modelling classes run over 3 sessions over a 3 week period and this gives the attendees a chance to get to know each other each week, and build on those relationships. What attracted me to Cake Minds was the chance to take this class format to a new level - running regular classes with the same group of people keen to learn new skills, and form new supportive relationships.
The cake industry is full of fabulous people but it can be lonely working on your own - what I have really enjoyed about running my classes is having like minded people to share my skills with, and build new friendships. My classes have been my therapy over the last year!
I am a member of the British Sugarcraft Guild and Treasurer to the Glasgow branch.
My family is very important to me and running my cake business from home allows me to spend time with my family, husband Alan, and three children, Jaimie, Cammy and Ruaridh. When I’m not doing cake stuff, I love watching Netflix, and occasionally make it to the gym for a game of tennis!
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Having bought fabulous birthday cakes & cupcakes from Gillian over the last few years, I attended her new sugar modelling classes over 3 evenings: they were great! Her teaching style is very relaxed & encouraging,and I made models I wouldn't have believed I could have! I would highly recommend attending for a fun and inspiring time!
5 stars! Well deserved. Attended cake pop class with my daughter. Great fun and the three hour class flew past. Fantastic tips shared by Gillian who is a patient teacher, just as well! Lovely way to spend a few hours and brilliant way to learn baking tips from an expert. Kitchen facilities are really good and results from everyone in the class were amazing. Delicious home baking shared as a snack. Highly recommend, thanks Gillian!
My daughter and I attended one of Gillians courses & what an amazing experience. Her teaching skills are fab and we produced stuff we never thought possible - I’d highly recommend any of her courses - great value - great facilities - great teacher - great hostess!
Just completed the sugar modelling 3 week course together with my teenage daughter. It was absolutely amazing and I will be booking another class soon. So many good tips from Gillian. I was a complete and utter beginner but I was really pleased with the models I made- they look so professional! It was a really lovely mum/daughter thing to do and I would highly recommend It.
Have just finished Gillian’s modelling class over 3 evenings and have loved every minute. She is a very talented lady and a lovely teacher. Family couldn’t believe how amazing the cake toppers we made were. Would highly recommend.