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July 19, 2016
Last year's Edinburgh Cake Fest has inspired bigger building projects. Image by Seth Mcanespie via Cake Fest Scotland.
Last year’s Edinburgh Cake Fest has inspired bigger building projects. Image by Seth Mcanespie via Cake Fest Scotland.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years you will be aware that recently there has been lots of discussion about Scotland’s future.

‘Who would be in charge of a new Scotland’ and ‘what would it look like’ are just two of the many questions which have been debated.

It has been a spirited argument and one which is set to continue.

However, thanks to the Festival of Architecture, we can catch a glimpse of one possible future for Scotland and the 5pm Dining blog can reveal that it will look like cake.

Edible map of Scotland

As part of The Festival of Architecture,  Cake Fest Scotland has put out a call for amateur bakers who want help create an edible map of Scotland.

Groups or individuals are being asked to take part by choosing their favourite Scottish building and recreating it in cake.

The Cake Map will be displayed to the public on 11 September in Stirling. The event builds on the success of last year’s Cake Fest Edinburgh. The plan is to extend the scope of the project to a country-wide challenge and create a cake map of the whole of Scotland with 100 buildings.

An ambitious part of the Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the new map will feature Scottish landmarks such as Iona Abbey, Drumlanrig Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow.

Take part

Simon Preston, creator and organiser of Cake Fest said:

‘We’re really keen to get a great mix of bakers from across Scotland involved in this project. We’re not looking for perfectly scaled masterpieces. Everyone is welcome to take part and we’ll advise and guide you throughout the challenge – but we are looking for adventurous spirits, up-for-it attitudes and a passion for Scotland’s buildings and landscape.’

Karen Cunningham, Festival Director, Festival of Architecture said:

‘What better way to get people thinking about the fantastic built environment than to pair it with something everyone loves: cake.  We are so delighted to be bringing this event to Stirling as part of the festival and we really want to get everyone involved whether they are creating a glorious cake version of Stirling Castle, or just coming along to join the fun on September the 11th.’

To take part, check the list of 100 buildings at Cake Fest and tell the organisers what  your first and second choice would be.

They will confirm your selection and tell you what happens next.

If there’s a building you love that isn’t on the list, feel free to make a suggestion and it will be considered.