Hartlepool novelty cake firm impresses with Ryanair plane design for launch of holiday flights on Teesside

A Hartlepool novelty cake company helped an airline’s new flights at Teesside airport to take off smoothly with this mouthwatering masterpiece.

By Mark Payne
Sunday, 6th June 2021, 4:55 am

Josh Newton and his talented team at Cake King made an impressive cake of a Ryanair aeroplane to help mark the airline’s inaugural flights from Teesside International airport last week.

They worked for 13 hours creating the fully edible 3D work of art which measured around a foot long.

Josh approached Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen to do something to mark Ryanair’s return to the airport and flights to Spain and Portugal following a ten-year break.

Redcar MP Jacob Young and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen with the areoplane cake made by Cake King in Hartlepool.

He said: “At first the airport’s marketing team asked us to do a Spanish flag or something but I thought we either do something big or don’t bother.

"We made it on Bank Holiday Monday. It was the only day we booked off and we worked for 13 hours to do this plane.”

Josh said crafting the cake, made of vanilla sponge, into the shape of the jet was not that difficult.

Most of the hours were spent on the fine details made of icing including the plane’s wings.

Josh Newton of Cake King Hartlepool taking a cake from the oven. Picture by FRANK REID

It was placed on a board measuring 2.5ft by 2ft which was decorated to look like a runway.

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The cake proved a big hit with dignitaries at the airport, including Hartlepool MP Jill Mortimer, who were there to also celebrate a multi-million pound overhaul.

Mayor Houchen and Redcar MP Jacob Young posed with the cake on the runway as passengers boarded the real thing bound for Majorca.

It took Josh and his team 13 hours to make the Ryanair plane cake.

Josh, who is based at The Arches in Park Road, added: “All the responses from the MPs that were there have been really good.

"Jill Mortimer rang us saying it was brilliant.”

Mrs Mortimer posted on her Facebook page that the cake “looked brilliant and tasted great”.

The overhaul of the airport includes an upgraded terminal, two luxury lounges, plus new stores and food and drink outlets.

Mayor Houchen said: “This goes beyond just a facelift, giving it a new lease of life, with modernised check-in and security reducing stress and waiting times, and cafe, bars, lounges and shops making your full travel experience better than ever.”

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