The making of Magna Carta
As there have been many enquiries about how the award winning Magna Carta cake was made, a gallery below outlines the process.
As you can see, this is a handwritten, historically accurate copy of the Salisbury 1215 Magna Carta. A food grade, fine tipped edible ink pen was used to recreate the Magna Carta following a full scale copy sent from Salisbury Cathedral. I also made my own paper copy, which was cut, line by line, as I copied the 4000 medieval Latin words and abbreviations of this important legal document.
Magna Carta was originally written on sheepskin, and as it has aged the parchment skin has wrinkled in particular places. Once the fondant had been rippled, a Vodka tea was used to stain it according to the original piece. This included the curious upside-down ‘W’ at the foot of Magna Carta, where the Seal of King John was originally attached.
Pin-holes were used to attach Magna Carta to a display board in previous centuries, these were also accurately recreated on the fondant version.
The cabinet and marble plinth were designed to showcase Magna Carta. The plinth made by marbling shades of greys and black with white fondant, and airbrushing with metallic edible inks. In order to get the depth of Mahogany shading, the cabinet was initially painted with red, then brown, then brown/black.
A hand-painted panel showing King John reluctantly being forced to seal Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, in 1215 was attached. This image is an edible version of Frank Wood’s painting, which I originally saw and loved, on the BBC website. The cabinet was then gilded with 24 carat gold leaf.
In total my Magna Carta cake took 94 hours to design and create, 22 hours of which was spent in the handwriting of Magna Carta.
According to the rules of the Decorative category of Cake International, internal structure is allowed. Therefore, the Magna Carta cake would not have been possible without the fondant-covered frame, as cake has a habit of falling apart when cut into long thin strips!