Chef’s request was a piece of cake for firm

The Royal Mail anniversary cake.
The Royal Mail anniversary cake.

A North Yorkshire manufacturing firm and a prize-winning army chef from Catterick have teamed up to produce a special occasion cake fit for royalty.

Created by Sergeant Michael Cottingham of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, the cake was commissioned by the Royal Mail to commemorate its 500th anniversary.

It was cut by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at a reception held at the Merchant Taylors Hall in the City of London.

Decorated with a gold and red centred crown representing the famous logo and flanked by icing post boxes, the hexagonal fruit cake was made using a tin specially made and donated by Pickering-based manufacturing company Invicta Bakeware – a firm renowned for supplying finely crafted bespoke products to the food industry.

Sergeant Cottingham said: “I approached the company to see if they would supply me with a hexagonal one that would meet the exact dimensions of the design.

“They immediately manufactured one for me and kindly donated it for the competition.”