Down the Rabbit Hole with Oak Furniture Land

The new Oak Furniture Land Store on the Great Lodge Retail Park in Tunbridge Wells was offically opened by Cllr David Neve on Saturday. A replica cake of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland was being donated to Groombridge Place after the opening. The cake was made by Maidstone based cake artist Francesca Pitcher of North Star Cakes

To celebrate the relaunch of the Tunbridge Wells Store this Easter Oak Furniture Land commissioned a special 3ft White Rabbit Cake based on the 1865 illustrations by John Tenniel from the Lewis Carol fairytale ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This is the forth local commission from Oak Furniture Land received by Kent CakeBomber Francesca Pitcher of North Star Cakes. Francesca was delighted to take on this latest challenge from the furniture specialists, “making this well loved character for Oak Furniture Land was such a pleasure and so different from the usual commissions I get, I’m very lucky to be asked to make such varied cakes for a company that supports local events and causes and I’m so happy to be asked to take part in one of their store openings for a forth time”.

The Cake has a strong internal structure allowing it to stand on two legs and is made up of seven 8 inch square sponge cakes expertly sculpted into shape by Francesca. The cake was filled with heaps of Madagascan vanilla buttercream and covered in white chocolate ganache before modelling started. All the small details are made from edible materials including the buttons, embossed gold pocket watch, playing cards, and dirt! Francesca even had to cut a paper dressmakers pattern in advance so that she could then make the edible sports jacket complete with ‘leather’ elbow patches for the white rabbit to ensure that it would all fit correctly on the cake. You might think that going to this level of detail in confectionary seems extreme but Francesca said of the cake, “making a pattern for an edible jacket in order to dress a cake rabbit is just one of the many necessary but unusual skills I’ve acquired in the name of cake art – it’s all in the detail”.

The cake was later donated by Oak Furniture Land to Groombridge Place for their special ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Easter Holiday Event and was put on display in the restaurant before being consumed by the public.

More information on the Tunbridge Wells store opening  Click here. For more images of the White Rabbit Cake please visit North Star Cakes on Facebook.