Newcastle United’s Dan Burn was surprised with special birthday cake in Newcastle as he celebrated his birthday this week.
Dan, from Blyth, turned 31 on Tuesday and celebrated his birthday at Harry’s bar in Newcastle city centre on Sunday, where he was presented with a bespoke cake created by Sticky Sponge, based in Stocksfield.
But there wasn’t a trace of anything football-themed on the defender’s cake. And instead the cake’s creator, Graeme Venus, was asked to design a Yellowstone inspired cake.
Dan is said to be a fan of the American neo-Western drama television series and when the order came in from Dan’s wife, Graeme quickly got to work designing something to fit the brief.
The 50-year-old, from Throckley, said: “I was very happy to do something for someone from Newcastle United. I was over the moon and really honoured to be able to make something that’s special for him for his birthday.”
The finished masterpiece featured a cowboy hat, belt and buckle and lasso on top of a hay bale, as well as Dan’s name painted onto a sign. Everything on the cake was edible and it is one of many incredible cakes from Graeme, who started making cakes 10 years ago, but only went full time with it four years ago.
Some of his previous creations include a huge corgi wearing a crown, which was created for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a Lego Stormtrooper, and a replica of the Tannery pub in Hexham. He has also created a haunted house cake, which went on to win Sticky Sponge International Edible Sculptor of the Year in the D’licious Awards in 2022.
Dan’s wife is said to have contacted Sticky Sponge to make a cake for Dan’s birthday after spotting a cake Graeme had made for a child’s party. And she later shared a photo with Graeme showing Dan looking very happy with his birthday cake.
Graeme said: “She arranged it all and said she would take some pictures of him with the cake on the night. She sent some over and said he loved the cake.”
Graeme later shared the photos on his Facebook page, Sticky Sponge, wishing Dan Happy Birthday.
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