IT TOOK 72 eggs, 14 kilograms of chocolate and over 160 hours to bake, but three local bakers came up with a cake fit for a Giant Granny with ‘Royal’ connections.
Measuring nearly 8ft high, and with a head that weighs 6kg alone, it took a special wheelchair access taxi from Treaty Cabs to deliver the mammoth creation to Hook & Ladder on Sarsfield Street in honour of this weekend’s special visitor to the city.
Rosemary Dillon, of Rosemary’s Cakes, Yvonne Sheehan of Bondy Rose bakery, and Susan Graham, of Susan’s Crafty Cakes, spent hours in Susan’s kitchen in Westbury to come up with this delicious creation unlike any other.
Sarah Moloney, of the marketing department of Hook & Ladder, which opened in the city in May, explained that like many businesses in the city they wanted to support the visit of the 85 year-old, 25ft giant Granny, under the major performance by French theatre company Royal de Luxe as part of City of Culture.
The cake is displayed in store, and donations are sought for Pieta House.
The three bakers are all friends, and have admitted they will be “sad” to see Granny go - their granny, that is, who they nicknamed Nanny Bridie.
The cake is a replica of the giant Granny herself, and her head is made of Rice Krispie buns, while her feet are made from chocolate biscuit cake.
Among the other ingredients were 6kg of flour, 28kg of sugar paste, 9kg of Royal icing, 6kg of butter, and 3kg of Rice Krispies, amongst others.
“We tried to replicate the actual Granny as much as we could, from the pattern on her clothes down to her glasses. We had to put supports in her head to put sure it stayed up, so it’s a bit of an architectural work.
“One of our other concerns was heat in case the icing would melt, so we were ringing each other constantly, asking about the Granny,” said Yvonne.