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'Elephant cake' weighs in at a jumbo-sized 250kgs

Published 28/08/2015 | 18:53

An elephant cake called Kimmy at Bolton's annual food and drink festival in the town centre (Bolton Council/PA)
An elephant cake called Kimmy at Bolton's annual food and drink festival in the town centre (Bolton Council/PA)

A 250kg "elephant cake" which took more than 700 hours to make has been unveiled at the 10th annual Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

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The cake, measuring 7ft and made from Genoise sponge and covered in 150kg of icing and 30kg of white chocolate ganache, is the work of expert baker Rose Dummer.

The former helicopter pilot for the Army Air Corps, from Clitheroe, said: "I came up with the idea of an elephant cake as the animals are synonymous with Bolton - they have featured on the town's coat of arms since 1799.

"The main challenge has been transporting her safely and there is a lot of weight balancing on her trunk. It's always a bit tricky getting cakes out of the van but she made it."

The cake will be cut by Masterchef presenter John Torode on Sunday ahead of his demonstrations at the festival.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cliff Morris, said: "Rose's creation was the highlight of the festival. People couldn't believe it was actually made of cake and could be eaten. She's done a fantastic job and it was a fitting tribute to our 10th birthday celebrations."

The Lancashire baker featured on BBC1's Graham Norton Show earlier this year with her lifesize cake of the Christian Grey character from Fifty Shades of Grey.

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