Cake makers’ fantasy creation

The fantastic life-size Grenadier guardsman cake
The fantastic life-size Grenadier guardsman cake

Two Laneshaw Bridge bakers have paid atten-shun to detail to make a life-size Grenadier guardsman from cake.

Lee Binch and Becca Ginley, from Pendle Cake Company, were part of a team put together by Rose Dummer, from Clitheroe, after she was commissioned by Cake Masters Magazine to make Gus, a 7ft Grenadier Guard out of cake to raise money and awareness for this year’s Poppy Appeal. They created the life-sized sculpture in time for the BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes Show in London.

And after being given the thumbs up by the king and queen of baking Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, Gus joined his fellow Grenadiers, the First Regiment of Foot Guards, at Wellington Barracks near Buckingham Palace.

Once there, Gus was stood on parade with four guardsmen who will mount the Queens Guard on Armistice Day, which falls on Tuesday. The cake was then served to the hungry Guardsmen and their comrades.

Rose said: “Cake Masters asked me to bake a fantasy cake for the show and when I saw when it was taking place in the run up to Remembrance Sunday I was determined to do something that drew attention to the Armed Forces and the terrific job they do for us all.

“The Legion provides tremendous support for service personnel and their families and if we can help them with our fun cake, then so much the better.

“We had so little time to make Gus that it would have been impossible to do it alone. I brought in some amazingly talented cake artists to help me who were key to our success.

“Lee and Becca spent days in my kitchen, mixing, stacking, covering and decorating. They are both meticulous and their attention to detail is superb.”

Lee said: “I love creating personalised cakes for my customers, but this has been a brilliant challenge to be part of even though it’s a world away from my usual work.

“Gus was an absolute giant though and dwarfed all of us. It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks, but I’m glad to be back baking normal-sized treats.”