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300 Cracking Cakes for Wallace & Gromit’s Cake-O-Matic

Published: November 10, 2016

Cornwall College Camborne 16-18 | Adult | event

Catering students from Cornwall College Camborne have produced over 300 cakes for a truly amazing cake creation, depicting a jaw dropping two meter long Wallace & Gromit cake making machine.

The Cake-O-Matic was designed in collaboration with Aardman in aid of “The Grand Appeal”- which raises much needed funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The organisers approached Cornwall College in recognition of the college’s catering status, where Level 3 students agreed to undertake the massive task and mix, make, bake and ice the cakes in just two days.

Suzanne Maverick, fundraising manager, The Grand Appeal said: “We were delighted that Cornwall College stepped in to help The Grand Appeal by creating a huge number of cakes at a very consistently high standard.  This charity project has been in the making for many months, the professionalism and passion shown by the staff and students, to deliver 300 cakes in just a few short days was fantastic and we are hugely grateful”.

The 4” cakes will form part of the overall exhibit, whereby members of the public can make a charitable donation in exchange for a golden Gromit chocolate coin. This token activates the cake making machine, taking spectators on a journey from the mixing bowl, through the oven and onto a working conveyor belt, where the finished mini cakes appear.

The cake masters behind the Cake-O-Matic are Peboryon cake studio in Penzance. Known for their gravity-defying, levitating wedding cake, complete with life-sized Yoda, they became involved after meeting the charity at an event last year.

Christine Jensen, owner of Peboryon said: “This has been a wonderful project to work on and although very hard work, we have had lots of fun along the way, working with Aardman and the charity to create a cracking contraption befitting to Wallace & Gromit.  This has been the most inspiring cake we’ve designed to date and we hope it helps raise lots of dough for the charity.”

Christine, an ex-student from Cornwall College who studied Professional Patisserie & Confectionery, was so inspired by what she learnt that she set up her own business. Peboryon has become extremely successful, acquiring cake orders locally, nationally and internally.

Dave Trevena, Catering Lecturer, Cornwall College Camborne added: “When we received the call to get involved we just knew this was something we had to do, not only was it supporting a local business and ex-student, but it was also for a great cause and so it was all-hands in the mixing bowls.  Our students have had valuable experience in large scale production in a short space of time, which has helped develop their knowledge and skills.”

Although the making of the 300 cakes took part in the catering department of Cornwall College, the task would not have been possible without the generous support of local suppliers who donated 360 eggs, 15Kg of flour, 9Kg of jam and 70Kg of icing.

The Cake-O-Matic was unveiled at Cake International at Birmingham NEC and is now on display at the Gromit Unleashed shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway every day until Christmas.

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