A small Manchester bakery says a phone call out of the blue led to a commission to bake 700 cupcakes for the 75th anniversary of the nearby Kellogg’s production plant.

Christine Lowe, owner of Top Tier Cakes in Moor, South Manchester, said she was initially asked for 300 to 400 cakes and a 14-inch celebration cake, but the order went up to 500 cupcakes and then 700 cupcakes and two 14-inch celebration cakes.

She said: “We had a phone call from someone who had heard about us by reputation, and we sent a quotation and we put in a box of our cupcakes to taste.”

The company, which has six staff, was duly given an order in “four figures”, she said.

She added: “It was a very nice order and we thoroughly enjoyed doing it.”

The bakery created a “75 years in Manchester” logo and an oil painting of the Kellogg’s factory in Trafford Park to put on the cupcakes, she explained.

The cakes are being used in the official anniversary celebrations of the Kellogg’s plant.

The finale of the celebrations will be a visit to the plant on Friday (31 May) by the Duke of Kent, and Top Tier Cakes is also making cupcakes for a hamper that will be given to the Duke.

Lowe told British Baker that Top Tier Cakes is increasingly busy after moving to bigger premises 18 months ago.

It has been called on to bake cakes for TV shows such as BBC3’s ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’, following the BBC’s move to Salford recently.