Centenary: Holy Cross parishioners eat their church!

2011-09-16 00:00

CAKES Devine in Uvongo built this whopping one-ton cake for the centenary celebrations of the Holy Cross parish in Flagstaff, which took place on Wednesday.

Some 3 000 parishioners enjoyed a slice of the replica of their church, which was a rich medley of carrot, chocolate and caramel sponge cakes.

Bakery co-owner Kobus Viljoen (left) bought the small mountain of supplies, while baker Hendrik van Tonder led the operation.

Beneath the 300 kilograms of icing, the solid copy of the church had 200 kg of carrots, enough molten dark chocolate to fill a big bath tub and almost all the apples in Uvongo, Van Tonder said.

To complete the order, Van Tonder closed the bakery’s doors for two days. It took his team 22 hours to construct and ice the 60 sheets that went into the cake. When they were done the bakers did not just re-open their door — they took it off entirely in order to get the crated cake on to the flat bed of a tow-truck, whose driver took three hours to navigate the potholed 150 kilometres between Uvongo and the Holy Cross parish.

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