Posted on July 26, 2014
OK rail enthusiasts, can you tell me who Big Lizzie was?
No, not your plus-size Aunty Betty. More accurate to ask, what was a Big Lizzie?
They were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives ever to be built for the British railway network, far more powerful than the diesel engines that replaced them.
William Stanier designed the passenger steam locomotives known as ‘Coronation Class’ for the London Midland and Scottish Railway, and they were around from 1937–1948. Several examples were originally built as streamlined, with the front end encased in smooth metal. The non-streamlined versions of these locomotives were often referred to as Duchesses, and the enginemen who worked with them referred to these as Big Lizzies.
You can see this kind of train on show at the National Railway Museum in York in the form of the Duchess of Hamilton steam engine (picture at the bottom of this post.) She looks rather refined and stylish. I wouldn’t have dared to refer to her as Big Lizzie.
She’s a gorgeous specimen and so what better to use as a subject to be presented in cake form to the National Railway Museum by our own gorgeous specimen of baker, Molly Robbins of Molly’s Creative Cakes.
Yes, you thought this had turned into a trainspotting blog. Tempting as it may be, we don’t have the spare time to hang about with binoculars at railway cuttings so we’ll probably just stick to cake.
The cake is an incredible piece of work. What makes it adorable for me are all the details – the trainspotters’ paraphernalia: Smith’s crisps, pork pie, notebook, camera. It’s beautiful, authentic and funny, a bit like Molly. [Stop sucking up to Molly. Ed.]
Here’s our gorgeous Molly (left) and a local councillor at the opening of the York Oak Furniture Land store on Saturday.
And here’s the lovely re-streamlined Duchess herself, below. You can see her at at the National Railway Museum, York www.nrm.org.uk
6229, DUCHESS OF HAMILTON, National Railway Museum, (5)CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by David Ingham from Bury, Lancashire, England. Source Wikipedia.
Posted on July 10, 2014
Vicki Smith is just 26, and has been making seriously outstanding cakes as Incredible Edibles for three years now. She produced some of the most eye-wateringly brilliant stuff in CakeBomb’s jungle, and she was prolific too. So many of the edible flowers you see around the walls were hers.
Hi Vicki, tell us about yourself.
You made two adorable snow leopard cubs, carved from your mum’s sponge cake, for Welcome to the Jungle, and one of those was the standing cake you just mentioned …
They had amazing blue eyes – how did you make those?
The cubs were a really popular feature of the jungle, especially with the kids. You seem to have a knack for choosing a popular theme and executing it perfectly. Your award-winning “Oleg” cake was a good example of that. Who or what are your influences for your cake ideas?
Your work didn’t stop each day when the show ended – you were making handmade moulds while staying in Manchester for the show to decorate the elephant, weren’t you? Are you drawing on your ceramics background here?
Posted on July 2, 2014
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