By Nick Smith
Now that’s what you call a showstopper! A talented baker has spent three months on her latest creation – an entire VILLAGE made from cake!
After months slaving away in the kitchen, hours of hard work and a few tears, a super baker has finally finished Lynn Nolan has finished incredible model of Eyam village, in Derbyshire – made from fruit cake!
The incredibly detailed recreation of the Derbyshire Dales village features a pub, complete with pint glasses on the bar and a corner shop with jars of sweets behind the counter.
A whopping 608 eggs, 66lb of butter, 73lb of flour, 12 jars of apricot jam and 462lb of icing were used to create the amazingly detailed model.
Mrs Nolan’s work will be on display Church of St Lawrence in the village for six weeks, before it will be auctioned off next month to raise money for Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport (BECT).
On how it all came together, the 63-year-old retired florist said: “I said in February that I needed ingredients donating, which came back to me by about May time.
“I then bagged these up and send them out to people who had promised they would bake me a fruit cake and I ended up with 54 coming back to me in July.”
It was then that the real work began, which saw the finished cakes cut up into thousands of individual bricks to construct the village, coupled with 645 hours just spent icing.
The level of detail is staggering, and you can see why it took so long to get the model finished.
Mrs Nolan said: “All of the buildings, bar the Miner’s Arms and Eyam Tea Rooms, are made from individual bricks which are no bigger than an inch long.
“There are lights inside the buildings, which allow you to see the glasses in the pub and the sweets in the shop through windows, which are made out of gelatine sheets.”
The model village features some of Eyam’s most recognisable cottages, a manor house and even the church where it’s on display.
However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Lynn, with disaster striking when one of the centre pieces of the village, Eyam Hall, was smashed into pieces as she was adding the final touches.
“It was the first time I’ve ever dropped a cake – I was reaching across and knocked it off the table.
“I’d finished constructing it, icing it and the whole thing was broken!
“My husband, wisely, said ‘I’m taking the dog out for a walk’ and I just sat there and had a little cry.”
Luckily, the fruit cake fanatic had more cakes in reserve which were set aside for a school fete and got straight back to work to rebuild the centrepiece.
There’s also a treasure hunt for the kids who come and see the model, which harks back to Eyam’s tragic past.
“As it’s the 30th year of BECT, I’ve hidden 30 rats around the village for children to try and find which is a nod to the village’s history.
“Eyam was the village which closed itself off from the rest of the country during the plague to stop it spreading, which saw many of the villagers die and is marked in the town each year so it’s a nod to the village’s history.”
Mrs Nolan added: “I have a lot of people coming up to me and talking about my cake but to be honest they’re Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport’s cakes.
“I want to help them keep going so they can help people who have nobody to take them to hospital or shopping.
“It’s important as sometimes it’s the only human contact these people have.”
The cakes will be auctioned off at Eyam’s Mechanics Institute on November 30.