One Mickey Mouse effort Lara’s so proud of
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