Shirley bakes our giant 30th birthday cake

It was a cake fit for a queen – or a king – and a fitting centrepiece for our 30th birthday party.

Talented baker Shirley Donald, from Kirk Sandall, needed every ounce of strength she had as she lovingly crafted and donated the heavyweight delight – celebrating three decades of care and compassion to Doncaster people.

Photo of Shirley with the cake

Shirley with her 30th anniversary cake

Shirley’s biggest sweet-toothed creation to date comprised 44 individual cakes joined together, and featured 15 boxes of Rice Krispies, 20 packets of marshmallows, 15 kilos of chocolate grenache, and much more.

And in the centre, a magnificently detailed dragonfly, our hospice symbol and almost too good to eat.

Shirley, who owns Total Cakes, said: “The dragonfly took around one week to sculpt and the cake two full days to bake and assemble. It was 32” long, 26” wide and 12” deep.”

Shirley has supported St John’s since her father-in-law came to us for respite prior to his death and her sister, Karen Critchley, makes it a family tradition by knitting wool characters for our fundraising team to sell.

Hospice volunteer Elizabeth gives the cake a big thumbs up

Hospice volunteer Elizabeth Taylor gives the cake a big thumbs up

St John’s fundraiser Lindsey Richard said: “Shirley’s magnificent cake was quickly devoured as soon as it was cut into slices. It was a superb work of art and absolutely delicious.

“The 30th birthday party raised over £4,300 for hospice funds thanks to everyone who came along and supported us.”

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