One Mickey Mouse ef­fort Lara’s so proud of

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY MARK BAIN

SHE made head­lines with an eye-catch­ing cake to cel­e­brate the wed­ding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May.

Now am­a­teur baker Lara Ma­son has cooked up her big­gest treat yet for one of the most recog­nis­able faces in the world.

Mickey Mouse turns 90 on Novem­ber 18, and af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­mis­sion from Dis­ney in Au­gust, the 32-year-old New­tow­nards woman set about plan­ning a mam­moth birth­day present for the car­toon favourite and his friends.

Over 1,000 cracked eggs later, Mickey was pre­sented with a com­pletely edi­ble, life-sized ver­sion of his car.

“I’m still buzzing,” ex­plained Lara, who pre­sented Mickey with his cake at Dis­ney’s HQ in Lon­don.

“I wasn’t al­lowed to tell any­one un­til now so it’s been dif­fi­cult to stay quiet about it, but to be asked by prob­a­bly the big­gest cor­po­ra­tion in the world to make a cake like this for their big­gest star was fan­tas­tic.

“This is still a hobby for me. I have a nor­mal job and 20-mon­thold twins to look af­ter, and I have to pinch my­self when the likes of Dis­ney con­tact me.”

Lara ex­plained that she was on the beach in Lan­zarote when she got the email from Dis­ney ask­ing her to make the cake.

She ex­plained: “I think they’d seen the Harry and Meghan cake, and I’d also made one for Land Rover to cel­e­brate two mil­lion De­fend­ers be­ing made, so that’s where they had the idea for Mickey’s car.

“This was dif­fer­ent to the Harry and Meghan cake, though.

“That one was made to last and go on dis­play.

“This time they wanted to eat it, so there was a bit more time pres­sure on me.

“I knew there would be a lot of work in it so I started the frame­work straight away when I got back from hol­i­day in Au­gust.

“That took a cou­ple of months of plan­ning and con­struc­tion.

“The cake it­self had to be made in the fi­nal cou­ple of weeks as I needed it to be fresh when they were go­ing to cut it.

“Sadly, there’s noth­ing left of it now, so it must have tasted okay.”

Lara said they wanted the cake for a party, and it was filmed for the Dis­ney Ju­nior net­work.

“And no, even though it was for a mouse, it wasn’t a cheese cake,” she added.

“It was a car­rot cake with co­conut oil.”

The cake stood on a base­board mea­sur­ing 1.5m by 2.5m and was so large it had to be as­sem­bled at the Dis­ney HQ.

“There were about 300 eggs used in mak­ing the Harry and Meghan cake ear­lier this year. This time there were over 1,000 so it turned out quite a lot big­ger,” added Lara.

“Thank­fully it all came to­gether nicely and I’m de­lighted with how it turned out.”

Lara Ma­son presents Mickey Mouse with the birth­day cake she made him, and (right) with her life-size cake of the Duke and Duchessof Sus­sex

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