Meet the women making incredible life-sized cakes

Welcome to the world of extreme cake making where creating a cake the same size and shape as a Shetland pony or a working cake guitar is all part of a day’s work.

Molly Robbins and Eloise Durrant aren’t your average bakers. The sugar specialists are the stars of Lifestyle FOOD’s new series, Extreme Cake Makers, and bring the wow factor with all of their incredible edible creations.

Cake maker Molly says her life-sized Shetland pony cake is her proudest baking achievement. It took her hours to construct a frame, add cake and airbrish into a life like pony.

“It was a frame inside – wood, which I built. Stacked loads and loads and loads of cakes, supported from the inside out,” she explains.

“Then I sculpted the neck and head with rice crispies, spouted the legs with modelling chocolate then covered everything in sugar paste. Then I textured it to look like fur and airbrushed it. Then tried to move it – it was so heavy… was it going to fit through the door?! It was close to 70 kilos by the end of it.”

While a life-sized pony cake is impressive, fellow cake maker Eloise's working guitar cake - that you could actually play! - is equally as jaw-dropping.

“My favourite cake commission has to be the working guitar cake I made. Just the fact that it could be played was mind blowing to watch, even when I was the one that made it,” she says.

“I also loved the process of air brushing the paintwork.”

While Eloise’s cakes aren’t your everyday bakes, she says the key to getting cake right is the same for every type of cake.

“Weigh everything! I'm horrified when our cake course attendees tell me they guess how much of their ingredients they are putting in at home,” she says.

“At the shop we weigh everything right down to how much mixture we put in each cupcake case, or how much sugar paste to colour up for each and every rose. A common baking problem our course attendees report is having too much of a peak on their cakes and they have to cut the tops off.

"Often people think this is due to not pushing the mixture down in the tin but actually it's the heat of the oven. This can be fixed in a jiffy by simply turning your oven down.”

Check out some of the best cakes from Extreme Cake Makers below.

Don’t miss Extreme Cake Makers Fridays at 9.30pm on Lifestyle Food.

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