Prachi Dhabal Deb from India has spent the last month paying great attention to one of Milan’s most beautiful edifices — the Duomo di Milano. With her eye for detail, she was able to make an extraordinary vegan cake replica of the Gothic and Renaissance cathedral that is dedicated to the Nativity of St. Mary.
As the culinary architect explained in a video shared by Reuters on Twitter, before embarking on her colossal cake, she made copies of other ornamental buildings inspired by European and Indian architecture.
While Deb spent an entire month making the stunning sweet structure, the actual building took centuries to build. In fact, construction started in 1386 and finished nearly six centuries later in 1965.
The final result of Deb’s effort is not just a work of art, though, but a sign of dedication to the Italian Republic’s largest church. (St. Peter’s Basilica is larger; however, it is in the sovereign state of the Vatican.)
The cake measures 6.5 feet long and 4.5 feet high, and weighs more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) — that’s heavier than the average man! The royal icing covered cathedral also happens to be eggless, so vegans would be able to have a bite if ever it were eaten.
While we’re not sure what will happen to the World Record cake, it’s certainly a beautiful homage to Milan’s exquisite cathedral. And it might inspire you to roll out some icing with your kids and make your own religious replicas. We recommend starting small by making a simple cross, which would be particularly suitable during this Lenten period and could even be placed in a prayer corner.
However, if there are any budding cake (or building bricks or modeling clay) Michelangelos out there, why not try St. Peter’s Basilica!