Seahorse show stopper to grace 'Cake International'

Date posted: 3 November 2017

Cornish cake company creation will be cut up to raise funds for Marine Conservation Society


This fabulous cake will bring one of the most fascinating creatures to a whole new audience at ‘Cake International’.

Richard Harrington,
MCS Head of Communications

A huge cake in the shape of a seahorse, with detailed and intricate icing sculptures and patterns, is set to wow visitors at ‘Cake International’ at Birmingham’s NEC this weekend.

The cake, which stands six feet high, has been created by Cornish luxury cake makers, Peboryon, who are based in Penzance. The cake will raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) when it’s cut up and sold off on the last day of the show.

Phil Jensen from Peboryon says they’re delighted to be supporting MCS in this way: “Seahorses are extraordinary creatures, beautiful, unusual and gorgeous to sculpt. But they’re endangered so it’s great to be working with MCS to support their work with this species and wider projects to help protect our oceans.”

MCS runs its own ‘Adopt-a-Seahorse’ scheme in conjunction with the Seahorse Trust. Head of Communications, Richard Harrington, says the timing of a cake with a marine theme couldn’t have come at a better time: “Right now the wonders of the ocean, as well as the threats it faces, is suddenly on the mainstream agenda thanks to BBC1’s Blue Planet II and Sky’s Ocean Rescue. This fabulous cake will bring one of the most fascinating creatures to a whole new audience at ‘Cake International’.

“Not many people realise that seahorses inhabit our waters in the UK, mainly around the south coast. But their habitat is under threat – here it’s the loss of their seagrass habitat whilst abroad they are taken from the wild as part of the horrendous curio trade.

“We’re delighted that Peboryon have created such a fantastic edible work of art and we hope people will give generously when they have the chance to grab a slice at the end of the event.”

A replica of the cake will be put on show at Weymouth SEA LIFE Centre next week


Actions you can take

  1. Adopt a seahorse and support research and conservation projects
  2. Report your wildlife sightings

Did you know?…

Farmed fish and shellfish production will have to increase by 133% by 2050 to meet projected seafood demand worldwide

21.7 million tonnes of wild caught fish are not for people to eat; almost 75% of this is to feed farmed fish

The ocean sustains livelihoods and provides food for millions of people

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