By Mollie Mansfield
Let’s hope they’ve got a good map-petite! A town full of talented bakers have recreated a map of Skegness – made completely out of CAKE.
The detailed delicacy was on show at Skegness Sea Front – and after spending three days baking the map, the creators were finally able to have their cake and eat it.
The cake was assembled at Skegness Cake Fest, where bakers made a 100 square metre completely edible map of the town.
The masterpiece was created by a variety of people from the community – where everyone decided to bake their favourite landmark or building in the East Lindsey area of Lincolnshire.
The map included baked sculptures of the Skegness seal sanctuary, a jolly fisherman, a RAF tribute and the presenters of the local radio.
David Stephenson, 75, who organised the big Skegness bake off, said: “The day was really successful, everyone brought their cakes in – we ended up with 35 landmarks in total!
“It was a project that I myself feel really brought the community together – it brought a unique form of art to community groups.
“It was a really warm day so we were nervous about getting the cakes there in one piece.
“But luckily everyone’s cakes stayed solid thanks to them being put on a cool refrigerated base – that saved us all.
“I baked the jolly fisherman – but I had never baked before in my life so it was a struggle.
“I was working on it for four evenings and ended up using Victoria sponge, flapjack, rice crispies and a lot of icing.
“It was quite therapeutic looking back on it really.
“But as soon as we got the cakes there, they were only around for 45 minutes.
“It was funny watching everyone’s hard work being devoured in just 10 minutes, but everyone was enjoying themselves.”
The Cake Fest was organised by SO festival, under the watchful eye of the food innovator, Simon Preston.
Simon said: “We recruited baking teams from the whole county to make the cakes, we spoke to school groups, church groups, families, businesses, whoever wants to get involved!
“Everyone claimed one building and it was great to hear why they chose the one they made.
“It’s all about pride and coming together as a community.
“We aimed to give out 10,000 slices of cake all for free.
“We made the background of the county out of rice, potatoes, onions, lollypops, sherbet, sugar – everything was edible.”
The list of sculptures to bake was open to anyone – whether they were a professional baker, or not.
Laura Rawlinson created the Fairy Dell Paddling Pool, despite only baking for fun.
Laura said: “I made the paddling pool out of a combination of lemon sponge and lots and lots of rice crispies.
“The planning was probably the most difficult part – I baked and froze the cakes a few nights before and then moulded them together.
“It took me a few nights to complete it, but I’m proud of the result.
“That’s definitely my cake making done until Christmas now though!”
SO Festival is an annual event which is set to provide arts for the county and had over 82,000 attendees over the week this year.