Navy

Ten-Foot Commissioning Cake For HMS Prince Of Wales

The 240 officers and sailors of HMS Prince of Wales' company have been recreated with Regal Icing.

A ceremonial cake has been prepared to mark the commissioning of Britain's second aircraft carrier at Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth on Tuesday.

Two-hundred-and-forty of HMS Prince of Wales' sailors and officers have been recreated on top of the icing.

The idea originated from Warrant Officer 1 John Boreham, the top man when it comes to naval cake baking.

His vision was to have a cake with more than just a picture of a ship on it.

Speaking of the cake, he said:

"My cakes, my sort of theme, is always the people. I like to reflect the character that's inside the ship."

The bases are made of a rich fruit cake and will be distributed on Families Day.

The cake depicts a wide variety of scenes on HMS Prince of Wales.

Some of the ship's company have taken the opportunity to learn from the artwork, like Able Seaman Rhys Ward.

"It just takes your mind off stress, it's quite relaxing to do it."

John will return in the New Year to give some baking masterclasses to more of the galley teams.

The challenge now is to ensure the 10-ft cake gets from the mess to the flight hangar intact for the ceremony.