A dedicated mum spent a week making her daughter the perfect My Little Pony birthday cake – standing a whopping 4ft 3ins tall.
The mammoth life-sized pink pony was crafted by caring Maria Young for her daughter Emily’s eight birthday.
The huge cake, containing well in excess of a quarter of a million CALORIES, was crafted from 26kg of icing, 86 eggs and 32 boxes of Rice Krispies, lovingly layered over a wooden sub-structure.
Creative mum-of-three Maria, from Dorking, Surrey, spent more than a week making the full-sized pony, which delighted Emily dubbed ‘Pinky Pie’ after her favourite fictional character.
Maria, 29, has only been baking for a year, after her son Logan demanded a dinosaur cake for his birthday.
She said: “I’m not a baker, I’m just a mad mother.
“Last year my son asked me to make a standing-up dinosaur cake and it ended up at 2ft 3ins.
“I told Emily she could have one this year and she asked for a My Little Pony one and she said she wanted it as tall as her. It’s actually ended up taller.”
The huge pony measured 13 hands high and 4ft 7ins from edible nose to tail.
Definitely not for someone on a diet, the giant sweet treat contained well in excess of a quarter of a million calories, and was flavoured with blueberry cream.
The finished palatable pony, named Pinky Pie, stood at 4ft 3ins tall – or just under 13 hands – and 4ft 7ins from nose to tail, and weighed about 50kg.
Delighted Emily ended up sharing the cake with her schoolfriends.
She said: “I love it.
“It’s even bigger than I imagined it would be.”
Despite having one more child, Maria has no plans on baking anything so extreme ever again.
She said: “I saw all these American TV shows where people bake massive cakes and I just thought ‘it can’t be that hard’.
“I just make it up as I go along. But I’m pleased it’s all over. Now I can get to sleep before midnight.
“I would be a foal to bake anything else that size again.”
Creative Maria Young has no formal baking or sculpture training, and instead uses techniques she’s seen on television to craft her mammoth cakes.
She began last year when son Logan, now nine, asked for a standing dinosaur cake.
Maria said:’ “That cake was brilliant fun to make.
“We made a video documenting it, and everyone went mad for it.
“For Emily’s eighth birthday, I told her she could have whatever cake she wanted.
“Serves me right I suppose. She asked for a ‘pony cake big enough for me to ride.’”
Maria reckons she spent more than #160 on ingredients for the colossal cake, including the wooden stand used to support the weight of 16 roasting tins of sponge cake.
Generous Emily shared her huge birthday cake with family and around 900 schoolchildren, neighbours and friends.
Maria lives with husband Wayne Young, and their three children, Emily, Logan and three-year-old Brooke.