Woman makes entire village made from cake

Entire village made from cake

A retired florist took fundraising to a whole new level after baking a cake replica of her pretty village.

When Lynn Nolan, 58, found out the local church needed funds for a roof repair, she switched on the oven and pulled out the cook books, dedicating hundreds of hours to her incredible, edible creation.

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Carefully crafting 16 selected buildings in the Peak District village of Youlgreave out of Christmas cake, icing and marzipan, Lynn has spent half a year on her brilliant bakes.

Baking began in June, with Lynn eventually dedicating 387 hours on the icing alone.

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With everything from the local shop's vegetable stall, to the wooden benches outside the village hotel, everything is completely edible.

While Lynn worked tirelessly on the project, she explained how locals offered their support by delivering ingredients to her front door.

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She said: "I kept finding eggs in my little porch and little old ladies would come to the door with a packet of sugar and butter.

"We also got a mystery man phone up and say whatever the shortfall was, he would provide it, because he owned a bakery."

Despite being baked months ago, all the cakes remain edible after being soaked in whiskey to preserve them.

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Lynn added: "I've eaten a Christmas cake after five years and it was fine."

The models are currently on display at All Saints Church in the village, before being auctioned on December 15, with all funds going towards restoring the church's roof.

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Barbara Scrivener, from the church, said: "It is all very Christmassy and looks absolutely amazing with lights twinkling from the buildings and Christmas trees scattered around everywhere."

Buildings crafted from cake and icing include the local grocery store, the George Hotel, the butcher's, All Saints Church and the local bakery.

Each building received the final touches of fairy lights and a few Christmas decorations , giving the whole thing a fittingly festive look.

Youlgreave, which lies almost five miles south of Bakewell, has a population of around 1,300.

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It’s unlikely that visitors to the city of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, will be visited by Santa this December. Instead, visitors can immerse themselves in Japanese history, visit Shinto shrines, Imperial palaces and enjoy the formal tradition ‘kaiseki dining’ – a delicious multi-course Japanese feast.
Nepal is famous as the world's only Hindu Kingdom. Swap Christmas for cultural education by strolling through medieval cities such as Kathmandu and discovering centuries-old stupas and monasteries. Nepal is perfect for thrill seekers. Mountaineers and trekkers will be in paradise in the surrounds of the beautiful Himalayas. Visitors can also get stuck into white-knuckle activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping and paragliding.
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With a majority Muslim population, Algeria is by and large Christmas-free. Make Algiers, the capital, the first port-of-call for monuments culture and architecture. Be sure to visit the nearby ruins Djemila, Tipasa, and Timgad, also known as ‘the Pompeii of Africa’. Then head to Tamanrasset for epic deserts and rock climbing: quite a novel way to spend yuletide.
Dotted with Hindu temples, terraced rice paddies and holy shrines, there’ll be few signs of commercial Christmas in Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Santa’s reindeer really cannot compete in the cuteness stakes with the cheeky primates at Monkey Forest. Head to one of the historic temples to watch a typical Balinese dance show, featuring beautiful costumes and traditional music, and savour the freshest of Thai food.
Although western influences such as Christmas are spreading, Turkey remains somewhat of a refuge for those who find the UK locked in festive overload. The New Year's Eve party in Istanbul is an opportunity to party with the locals in this ancient and alluring city. Cruise the beautiful Bosphorus, enjoy an abundance of local restaurants and authentic street food, and soak up the historic treasures of the Old City. The Hagia Sophia is a must-see.
For a snowy December without all the festive flurry, head to St Petersburg where Christmas is celebrated on 7 January. Spend 25 December taking in its world-famous attractions, including The Hermitage, Winter Palace and St Isaac's Cathedral. Swap an evening slumped in front of Christmas TV specials for a night at the Mariinsky Theatre enjoying opera or ballet.
Whilst those at home walk off too much turkey, try walking The Great Wall of China, or part of it. In Beijing, don’t miss the historic neighbourhood of the ‘Forbidden City’ (pictured). The city also boasts world-class museums, galleries galore and sublime temples. Granted, a Christmas tree or two can be spotted, but the delicious Chinese cuisine on offer in this foodie paradise should make up for that.
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