Chew Chew train! Edible express arrives at London Paddington

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Chew Chew! The edible express train has arrived at Paddington

A life-sized replica of a Heathrow Express train pulled in to Paddington yesterday, and it's made entirely of cake.

The edible edifice was created to mark the Heathrow Express' 15th anniversary and can be found beside platforms six and seven. It took a dedicated team of 15 specialist bakers and food artists to design and build the an edible train carriage, which measures an impressive 1.5 x 4 x 2m and was made using 80 giant sheets of Madeira sponge, sandwiched together with 60kg of traditional buttercream icing, 3kgs of royal icing and over 200kg of smooth fondant icing.

Chew Chew! The edible express train has arrived at Paddington


The exterior is held together using a litre of confectioners glue and decorated using half a dozen litres of airbrush paint and five litres of liquid chocolate, chosen especially to create the windscreen wipers and intricate carriage markings and signage.

The giant cake took the baking team more than 30 hours to build and install on the platform, and customers will be offered the chance to sample it as they pass through Paddington.

During its 15 years in service, the real Heathrow Express has transported more than 60 million passengers between the airport and the city.

If this Willie Wonka-esque installation has caught your imagine have a look at the 'making of' video below or see how to bake your own version on the Heathrow Express Facebook page.



This isn't the first time cakes have been used in advertising stunts, back in 2007 the Skoda Fabia advert showing a team of bakers making a car out of cake went viral.

Will you be taking a trip on the Heathrow Express and picking up your slice of the cake?

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