Press Release April 2017

I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.Towards the end of 2015, the British Sugarcraft Guild was approached for help and, following discussion, the National Committee agreed to recreate a replica of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake originally created by Peak Frean in 1947 for her marriage to Prince Phillip.

The original cake was delivered to Buckingham Palace in a specially modified car, which was driven at walking pace to avoid damage.  At the time Peak Frean made a full size replica which was displayed in the reception of Peak Frean’s factory and remained there until 1989 when the factory was closed.

A permanent exhibition about the company was opened at The Pumphouse Educational Museum in Rotherhithe, south east London, and the replica cake was a part of that exhibition.  During a change of premises, the replica cake was considered too large, delicate and expensive to move and was left in the empty building until arrangements could be made.

The cake as originally displayed at the museum

Sadly, in July 2015 squatters gained access to the vacated building during the night. They broke the casing and dismantled parts of the cake, re-assembled it upside down and threw red paint over the whole display. What  remains has now been moved a  safe place.

The museum staff would like to have the cake restored to the museum in time for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th wedding anniversary in November 2017.


The damage done to the cake by squatters.

Region 8 Guild members made an initial visit to the museum to assess the damage and take photographs and measurements. 

A Queen’s Cake Committee was set up and the third visit to the Peak Frean Museum in London was made by the committee in August 2016 when detailed measurements and notes on the techniques used from observations of the original replica were made. 

The cake as originally displayed at the museum

The damage done to the cake by squatters.



Work started on the flowers for the base tier at The British Sugarcraft Guild’s International Exhibition held at Telford in May 2016. Region 8 South East recently held a workshop on Saturday 11th February 2017, at which all of the blossoms were completed with their piped centres. These will be used around the lower edge of the base tier. We were delighted to have 17 attendees, some from our branches and others attended as individual member. All were of mixed skill levels. Not only did they learn our plan of action, but they also made new friends whilst having fun starting this mammoth project.


Over the summer 2016, Sponsorship for the project was sought and the following companies are providing materials to help the BSG recreate this historic replica cake.


Dummies Direct

For the polystyrene cake dummies and formers

The Warwick Manufacturing Group at The University of Warwick (“WMG”)

3D Scanning and Printing of the Plaques


Regal Ice

Doric Cakecraft

Cake drums

Sugar City

Platinum paste for blossoms; Ready-made royal icing for attaching pieces

Bako Northwestern

Icing sugar for royal icing

FPC Sugarcraft

Silicone moulds


Wooden crates for transporting cakes


The top 5 tiers were transported to WMG which provides research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, manufacturing and technology.  The base tier is so large that the scans had to be completed on this tier in situ at the museum.  All the scans have been completed and 3D printing is in process to provide the BSG with replicas of the delicate plaques on each of the tiers from which moulds can be made.


The level of detail is amazing and members of the British Sugarcraft Guild are so excited to see the results of all the scans. This aspect of the project perfectly illustrates how modern technology and a traditional craft can work in harmony to recreate a beautiful historic work of sugar art.


During the autumn of 2016 materials together with templates, detailed instructions and the original replica tiers of the cake were passed out to the 7 UK regions of the British Sugarcraft Guild.  Dummies have had their initial coating and work is now progressing on the detailed decoration.


The photos show the first laser scan being taken and the end result. 


The photos show a mould made by FPC from the 3D model created by WMG and the sugar  plaque produced using the mould.





Each of the regions will be holding workshops in their area to enable as many members as possible to take part in this historic project. The next region 8 workshop is again being run in the Community room at Hookwood Tesco, Reigate Rd, Horley RH6 0AT on the morning of the 18th March. At this workshop they will welcome back most of the previous volunteers as well as some new helpers to pipe royal iced blossoms for the top edge of the base tier and cross over piped trellis work to go between the layers.  


We would be delighted to welcome a reporter from your paper to see the work in progress at either ICHF Cake Exhibition 22nd/23rd April or 6th May at Tesco’s Hookwood.


A small team of three headed up by Maggie are working on covering the base tier in Kent, ready to transport to the museum where the fine piping work will take place in situ. Further workshops, creating the intricate trellises, will take place at or near Horsham, also others at the museum. This is our 3rd press release and the photos below work on the base tier and Gary from the museum holding a piping bag for the first time. Trudie is guiding him through creating a piped blossom. Lastly our damaged base tier that we will recreate.

We  hope to meet you on the 18th March.

Yours sincerly           Carolyn Harvey

BSG Region 8 SE Chairman  01293 561366

BSG Region 8 SE

Launched 1st September 2016
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