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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbrian cake designer's creations turning heads

Crumbs! A chef has created a range of lifelike 3D cakes that look too good to be eaten.

Andrew Nuttall, a cake designer and decorator from Keswick, has been wowing customers with his realistic creations.

He has whipped up a selection of eye-catching goodies, including a life-sized replica of a Dalmatian dog, a tank, an elephant, the airport control tower in Manchester, and even pop heartthrob Harry Styles.

Andrew, a trained chef with more than 15 years experience in catering and hospitality, put his skills to good use to launch his own business, Custom Cake Art, about two years ago.

The dad-of six started teaching himself how to decorate cakes and has been creating 3D versions from his small home studio ever since.

Andrew, 34, said: “It began when I was making a princess castle birthday cake for my youngest daughter.

“Then I made my eldest daughter an interactive cake based on the photo frames you can upload onto Facebook.

“It just kind of came naturally to me – I never really found it difficult.

“I was working 12-hour shifts in a restaurant and it was a way of relaxing when I got home.”

Before long Andrew realised he could make a living out of his passion and he started to take on tougher challenges, including a 3D Angry Birds cake complete with a working contraption to launch little edible birds.

He has now crafted hundreds of tasty creations and has uploaded photographs of them all onto his Facebook page.

Andrew says his toughest challenge to date has been the delicious Dalmatian, which took 22 hours to finish.

“I had to drive it down to the customer in Preston – it looked like I had a real, very still, dog sat next to me the whole way,” he explained.

As for his favourite cake, Andrew admits it’s a tough call as there are so many to choose from. He said: “I think it has to be the elephant but I also have a soft spot for the replica helicopter and Spitfire, which were great ways to learn.”

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