Here’s my latest Land Rover, Mark Saville’s 1957 Series I, Plimsoll. I’ve done Lightweights, Discos, Range Rovers, Defenders – more than 100.
The chassis is the first thing with any Land Rover – three layers of cake base-board, then one on top with bits cut out for the wheels. Then I start cutting out the cake – cake, jam, cake, jam, usually three layers.
After I’ve made the Land Rover shape I cover it with butter-cream; the bodywork sticks to that. Every panel is cut individually with a knife – each panel is separate, just how it was built, or it doesn’t look right. I roll out soft icing to make the panels, then I cut and trim until they fit properly.
I get photos of the Land Rover, and I’ll work from those. It’s all coloured properly – I’ll paint the windows black with liquorice food colouring. Things like lights and stickers on the windows take a lot of time. And the canvas has to be right – it should sag just a bit! Wheels go on last – the tyres are liquorice icing. Then any figures: I did a wedding-cake Defender recently, with the bride waiting while the groom was underneath fixing it. And the real thing did break down on the day!
Customers collect cakes if they live near enough, but I can deliver to people at Land Rover shows – my partner Scott and I go to many of them. The first one I did was a Land Rover for Scott [Scott Meredith – the guy with the immaculate 101 Forward Control in our April 2014 issue].
It’s become a little business. Scott’s built a kitchen at the back of our house that gets inspected twice a year for hygiene – I’ve got the top five-star rating! I used to work in a bakery, but I hated getting up at 3am. So now,
I make Land Rovers…
Angie’s spectacular cakes cost from £85 to £125 or more, depending on what’s involved. Order in plenty of time! More info: sugardelights.co.uk
This owner review appeared in the October 2014 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.