Batman v Superman: Hunky heroes immortalised in cake

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superman and Batman immortalised in CAKE.

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The cakes

Ahead of the long-awaited DC Comics movie ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, baker Rose Macefield spent a mammoth 300 HOURS carefully crafting the 6ft 6ins crime fighters for Cake International at Birmingham’s NEC.

The hunky heroes contain a teeth-itching 60 kilos of sugar paste with rice crispies centre built around a metal and plastic frame with an airbrushed finish.

Mum-of-four Rose, 42, said: “Both Batman and Superman have a universal appeal – they’re really popular with little kids through to grown-ups.

“And it’s not just the men and boys – the girls love these hunky men too! Hopefully they will love these as well.”

Rose putting the finishing touches on Batman

Rose putting the finishing touches on Batman

The award-winning cake artist from Dudley, West Midlands, is a relative newcomer to the world of beating eggs and creaming butter having only started eight years ago when she decided to bake her son’s christening cake.

She said: “I’ve always liked doing crafty things like drawing and painting.

“When it came to my youngest son’s christening I thought it would be really nice to make it myself.

“It was then I discovered this passion for cake and sugar sculpture which has turned my life around.”

Rose with her cakes

Rose with her cakes

From these small sugar-coated steps Rose threw herself into the work of cake sculpting and started competing in 2009 when she submitted a small figurine at an event.

In 2013 she scooped the coveted ‘best in show’ award at Cake International, regularly judges at cake shows and has recently published a book called ‘Sensational Sculpted Cakes’.

Husband Kevin will be Rose’s own real-life super hero during the next three days as he will be with her at the show keeping an eye on Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent while she promotes the book.

Rose said: “When I’m busy like this – running a full-time business and working on commissions – it becomes your life.

Close up of Batman

Close up of Batman

“He looks after all the family and the house – he’s quite special.”

Although Rose has enjoyed the challenge of recreating the superheroes, she’s looking forward to putting down her brushes and showcasing the final figures.

She said: “I’m happy that it’s coming to an end. It’ll be so nice to show them off and see people’s reactions!”

Cake International is at NEC, Birmingham March 18-20 2016.