A 4-year-old boy got a magnificent present on his Birthday: a life-sized replica of himself made of chocolate sponge.
When it comes to birthday treats, most four-year-olds would gleefully try to eat their own bodyweight in cake.
So for Alfie Rose, it was a dream come true when he was presented with a life-sized replica of himself made from chocolate sponge.
It is so realistic, it looks like a waxwork model of the boy himself – only a lot tastier.
The cake weighs two stone and was made from a dozen tiers of sponge which were then coated in chocolate and buttercream icing and airbrushed with edible food colouring.
And because the real Alfie is never far from his favourite monkey cuddly toy, an identical edible monkey forms part of the amazing birthday surprise.
It took 27-year-old baker Lara Clarke 15 hours to make, and was a gift ordered by Alfie’s godmother Tammy Morris, 25, and her husband Stephen, 35.
Alfie’s mother Chantelle Rose, 23, said: ‘I couldn’t believe how amazing the cake looked, and I just cried. Alfie was so happy. He was just screaming and pointing, “It’s me, it’s me, it’s Alfie and monkey”.
‘It was such a brilliant surprise and, considering Lara had never met Alfie, it was amazing that she managed to get it that detailed.
‘The monkey was the most important part for Alfie. It is a comfort toy for him and he couldn’t believe it was there.’
The £400 cake was put together from individually baked chocolate sponges which were assembled in the baker’s garden shed. Measuring 47 inches from toe to head, it took 40 eggs, 11lb of sugar, 11lb of icing and four-and-a-half pounds of flour to make.
Only the head section needed a little extra help – the facial features are sculptured from chocolate and icing, but it has a polystyrene centre which cannot be eaten.
Miss Rose, a singer from Birmingham, said: ‘We didn’t want to cut it at first because it was so good, and also it would have been a bit weird cutting it, but eventually we did. We had to take the head off because it wasn’t edible. That was very strange – it was just so lifelike, I was almost scared to “hurt” it.
‘The cake was left on the side at Alfie’s party and some people were asking why there was a boy sitting on the table; they thought it was real.’
Miss Clarke, from Walsall, who owns Tasty Cakes, said: ‘I hadn’t met Alfie so I was just going by pictures. I was hoping he wouldn’t be scared to see a life-sized replica of himself in cake form, but apparently he wasn’t. I’ve been told he was shouting to everyone, to tell them it was him, and dragging anyone who came to the party over to see him.’
She said the hardest part was assembling the final structure, adding: ‘You don’t get taught how to do this part, but it was fun.’
Alfie’s godmother was also delighted. Mrs Morris said: ‘It was a gift to him for being so great and giving us all so much joy. I was over the moon with his reaction.’