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Not such a piece of cake!

This baker trod on thin icing to create an intricate eight foot long wedding cake replica of a famous church.

Peter Roberts, of Liverpool company Centre Attraction Cakes, took on the challenge of producing the masterpiece worth thousands, which took five people to carry. The unusual wedding cake was designed by Peter himself, and based on the stunning Marble Church in Bodelwyddan, Wales. It took him one week to make – not including the time he took to bake the sponge cakes which made up the sweet treat’s base – and was covered in seven stone of icing. To top it off, figurines not only of the happy bride and groom but of bridesmaids and six groomsmen were added to the huge edible sculpture. Peter, who was unable to reveal the identities of the couple involved but admitted they were travellers, said, “This was one of the most stressful cakes I have made to date and there were a lot of early mornings to get it finished on time. I felt relieved when I finished it – I had a few other cakes going on at the same time I was making this one so it was all hands on deck to get it finished on the last minute. The cake was eight foot long, reinforced with dowelling, with seven stone of icing and royal icing and so many baked sponge cakes I was seeing them in my sleep.” This wasn’t the first time Peter had created stunning edible sculptures, as he has previously made several large scale cakes including a horse and carriage.

But this was the first time he had been asked to base a cake on such a detailed architectural structure – with the stained glass windows hand painted and the leading painstakingly piped using royal icing.The church cake, which at its highest point reached around eight foot in height, luckily didn’t have many problems with transportation as Peter had drafted in five family members to share the weight.

But when it reached the wedding venue, the cake was too large to fit on a tiny table provided by the staff – and so they had to add an extra large table to hold it. Peter said luckily the wedding party were astonished by the cake and were even wary to eat the showpiece because it looked so magnificent. Peter said, “The venue boss was so hysterical about the table situation but we managed to calm her down and sort it out. For me, my job is all just about taking your time and not getting stressed about it – I’m quite a relaxed person which makes the whole cake-making process easier. However, it was such a relief to get it all set up and finished that after I left the venue I did need a stiff drink!”

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