A plot in Russell Square, London, has today opened up to the public as the world's first edible garden, made entirely from sweet treats.
A cake-lover's paradise, the garden has been created from 15 different types of cake. Here visitors can chomp on bourbon biscuit borders, nibble on one of 250 cake flowers or even lick the Nutella grouting that lines that 1,300 fruit loaf walls surrounding the edible patch.
It took over 450 hours of cake-fingered labour to bake, build and install the garden, which was created to celebrate the paperback launch of best-selling author Carole Matthews’ new novel The Cake Shop in the Garden.
The scent of roses, pansies and peonies has never been sweeter as the garden in the book’s title was brought to life using four kilos of icing alongside borders of chocolate crumb soil, Battenberg stepping stones, a bird bath lined with Swiss-roll and a lawn dotted with sugar daisies – not forgetting 300 leaves of edible ivy.
Ensuring no one went home hungry, 30 bags of marshmallows, eight kilos of sweets and chocolate pebbles and over 1,000 biscuits finished off the Willy Wonka-esque wonderland, where even the insects were edible.
Author Carole Matthews said: “The garden is the place where love, life and family collide for my main character, Faye Merryweather so it was really exciting to bring it to life using cake as it features so prominently throughout the storyline. It was certainly one of a kind – and where better for visitors to grab a slice of the action?”
The garden was crafted by award-winning cake designer Rosalind Miller who has produced bespoke creations for The Ritz, The Goring and Blenheim Palace as well as a number of high profile and celebrity clients.