Woman makes entire village made from cake

Lynn Nolan made the creation to raise funds for her local church

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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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F Stop Press

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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F Stop Press

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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F Stop Press

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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F Stop Press

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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