The Royal icing: Cake of Prince George wins top prize
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(© PA) Prince George cake.
A life-sized cake of Prince George has won the top prize in an amateur bake-off competition.
Standing just under 3ft tall, the sponge creation which took 30 hours to craft won the gold award at the Cake International event held at Birmingham's NEC this weekend.
It depicts the young royal in red shorts and a patterned white shirt like he wore for the Christening of his sister Princess Charlotte in July.
Winning baker and self-confessed royalist Lara Mason, from Walsall in the West Midlands, said she decided on George as her muse as much for tactical reasons, as anything else.
The 29-year-old explained that having won the same award last year with her life-sized cake of Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence's character in The Hunger Games, judges advised her that she needed to focus on detail.
Mrs Mason said: "Basically, last year the judges said the cakes were great but being so large they were missing on detail, and the faces in particular.
"Those are the most important detail, so I went smaller and thought that I should do the most recognizable child in the world, which is Prince George."
The cake was built on a skeleton of steel, wood and PVC tubing.
Layers of cake were then baked and placed around the skeleton, while blocks of modelling chocolate made up the face, which were shaped to match the subject's features.
The cake was then covered in icing and painted with food colouring.