Tyneside was recreated in Victoria sponge, icing and flaky pastry as bakers turned out edible version of Newcastle and Gateshead’s best-known buildings.
Amateur cooks from across the region took part in Cake City, held at the Sage Gateshead yesterday as part of the EAT festival, the area’s annual celebration of all things foody.
More than 50 dishes were made and incorporated into a 100-metre square edible map of Newcastle and Gateshead.
Among the landmarks replicated in mouth-watering form were the Tyne Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Newcastle City Pool, the Baltic Flour Mill, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle City Hall, the Fenwick department store, Grey’s Monument and the Sage Gateshead itself.
Peter Watson, 34, and his partner Katherine Walton, 30, made the Millennium Bridge, which consisted of cakes, biscuits and candy sticks set around a metal frame.
Peter, of Shiney Row near Sunderland, who was the head chef of the Campanile Hotel in Washington for 14 years, said: “I decided to make the Millennium Bridge because I thought it was going to be an easy option. I had planned to make a small cake. But then I got a phone call to say the River Tyne was going to be 70cm wide on the map, so our bridge needed to be bigger. We ended up making a cake more than a metre wide. It was a big job, but we enjoyed it.
“We also took part last year, when we made the Sage Gateshead.”
A replica of Newcastle’s Centre for Life was made by 12-year-old Joely Hiles and her mum Zoe, 47, of Hexham, Northumberland.
Joely, a pupil at Corbridge Middle School, showed the centre on a winter’s day, even including an ice rink.
She said: “I love baking. I make things at home all the time and I thought this would be an interesting thing to make. I used Victoria sponge and homemade strawberry jam in the cake.”
The Tyne Bridge, created by Wendy Bentley, shows a scene of the Great North Run, complete with runners and the Red Arrows flying above.
The 56-year-old, of Huddersfield, said: “My son went to Northumbria University and we used to come here quite often. Whenever we got to the Tyne Bridge, to me that was Newcastle. It signifies the city. I have also taken part in the Great North Run. I decided to add these elements into my cake.”
Tesco Extra at Gateshead’s Trinity Square sponsored a special community cake, which was made by Tyneside Women’s Health and The Avenues Project. They baked an edible version of the new Tesco store in Gateshead.
The festival was organised by the NewcastleGateshead Initiative.