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Cake portrait of the Queen created to celebrate Jubilee

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Media captionChef Gerhard Jenne explains why he is creating the cake portrait

A portrait of the Queen made from cakes will go on display as part of the Diamond Jubilee Festival.

The creation will consist of 3,120 individual cakes, one for each week of her reign.

A smaller portrait of 500 cakes has been made in preparation for the festival in Battersea Park, south-west London, on 3 June.

The tasty tribute is being created by German-born baker Gerhard Jenne, of Konditor & Cook.

The portrait depicts a pixelated monarch, as Mr Jenne said he wanted to create a digital portrait of the Queen for the digital age.

1,000 eggs

Mr Jenne said: "I've never made a portrait out of cakes before so it's a big challenge to do something on this scale.

"I've made cakes for rock royalty before now including Mick Jagger and Tina Turner but this is a first. I hope we can rise to the challenge."

Mr Jenne is using a lemon Victoria sponge covered in apricot jam, marzipan and icing, for the portrait. It will be framed with fruit cake which will be adorned with diamond-shaped biscuits.

More than 1,000 eggs, 200 packets of butter (52kg), 150 bags of sugar (150kg), and 36kg of marzipan will be needed for the final portrait, which will be nine square metres (94 sq ft).

Mr Jenne's creative cakes have impressed the bakers to the Queen.

Ben Milne, from Fisher and Donaldson in St Andrews, which holds a Royal Warrant, said: "We think this is a wonderful project and a superb way to celebrate our Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

"We'd wish Gerhard and his staff at Konditor & Cook all the best and if he requires a hand I would be more than happy to come down and help out."

People celebrating the Jubilee at the festival will be able to buy one of the cakes making up the portrait. A share of the profits will be given to charity.

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