The Stratford Westfield branch of Lakeland is playing host to a giant 4ft cake, depicting summer celebrations from across London sculpted in sugarcraft.
The cake was commissioned by Lakeland to add Jubilee cheer to its store and to inspire home baking customers to create something special this summer. It will remain in the store until after the Olympics, as Westfield Stratford is so ideally placed, adjacent to the Olympic stadium.
Handmade by cake artist Rachel Mount, the sugary creation includes London landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral at the very top of the cake. These buildings are then supported by a second layer of cake which displays scenes of street parties.
A weeping willow tree made with individual sugarpaste leaves supports the cake and below a boating lake is featured with people punting and rowing.The base of the cake shows British seaside scenes including candy-coloured beach huts, water sports and ball games.
The reverse of the cake is just as detailed, with models of the Queen’s guards and rolling country landscapes with picnic scenes.
Rachel has exhibited her cakes at Sotherby’s, designed cakes for Vogue and even teaches a variety of sugarcraft classes at the V&A museum.
Lakeland marketing director Tony Preedy said: “We chose Rachel to design a cake for us as she creates scenes which not only inspire bakers but which inspire everyone.
“Her skill in sugarcraft work is evident and through the cake she has designed for the Lakeland store, she has shown that cake-making and sugarcraft is an art form in itself, which our customers can have a go at creating in their own way with the equipment sold at Lakeland.”