A master baker has created a jaw-dropping nativity scene – from a whopping 100kg of marzipan and icing.
Dedicated Lynn Nolan worked miracles with marzipan to create a replica Bethlehem – standing at six-foot tall and three-foot wide.
Mum-of-two Lynn, 61, spent six months and £850’s of ingredients baking the fruitcake – using 50 kg of icing, 50 kg of marzipan, 240 eggs and four litres of whiskey.
The Christmas model depicts Bethlehem’s main street – complete with market stalls featuring traders selling blankets, spices, breads and meats.
Figurines in the Nativity scene behind the main street showing baby Jesus and the Three Kings in a stable are just some of the more than twenty hand-crafted 2-inch characters.
Its buildings are lit with LED lights disguised as candles which Lynn hand-wired.
Miracle-worker Lynn set about the heavenly project to help raise the £60,000 needed to replace the playground at Youlgrave CE Primary School, Derbs.
It is currently on display in the village shop until December 20 – when it will be auctioned off into separate pieces.
Lynn, of Youlgrave, Derbs., raised £11,000 towards the cost of restoring a new church roof by building a replica of her home village – featuring 16 buildings.
She said: “When I finished the village model last year I said ‘never again’.
“But people kept asking me this year if I was going to do another one so I said ‘oh alright then’.
“I was thinking about doing an Austrian Christmas market but then I thought the Nativity would be a great idea.
“When you actually see the size of it you think ‘oh my God’ – god knows what they’ll have me baking this time next year.”
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