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Wedding day bake is icing on the cake

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She is the Brownhills baker who has meticulously created life-size sculptures of the likes of Jonny Depp, Jennifer Lawrence and Prince George - out of cake.

But Lara Mason has just taken on the most demanding subjects yet - herself and her husband.

The Tombola bingo worker of Hussey Road said she practically had no choice but to bake her own and 27-year-old Nick Mason's delicious doubles when the couple announced they were to be married.

Lara and Nikki Mason with their full-size cake replicas

And after they tied the knot in Malta last month the 140kg-each mouthwatering masterpieces were unveiled when the pair welcomed family to a post-wedding party in Little Wyrley on Saturday.

Lara said: "I have baked as a hobby for four years now.

Lara Mason with her cake double

"I have made loads of life-size cakes before with Prince George and Jennifer Lawrence being my most recognised.

"Everyone loved the cake. It was quirky and original, just like us really."

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It is not the first time her cakes have caught the eye.

The 29-year-old, originally from Northern Ireland, recently licked the competition with her life-size cake of Prince George, a 3ft (91cm) sponge replica of the young royal that won gold at Cake International, the biggest competition in the confectionary world's calendar, at Birmingham's NEC.

The amateur baker was also busy in the kitchen earlier this year when she used 20 eggs and 1.5kg each of flour, butter and sugar to rustle up a Harry Potter bust to mark JK Rowling's 50th birthday.

The sugar artwork took 10 hours alone to complete.

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And in June she created a huge half-sized Land Rover to celebrate the two millionth Defender coming off the production line.

That one weighed in at a belt-busting 600kg, including 50kg of butter cream, 50kg of fondant icing, and 20kg of chocolate glazing. The show-stopper, which was fed to 2,000 employees at the factory, took her 150 hours to make.

Lara shot to global fame in 2013 with her 5ft 5ins of Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean.

It scooped gold at the Cake International contest at the NEC in Birmingham.

At last year's event, she made an iced replica of Jennifer Lawrence, which the Hunger Games star herself described as amazing. On seeing her cake-double, the Oscar-winning actress, who played Katniss Everdeen in the films, said: "Oh my God, yeah, I saw it. I saw it. It's 5ft 11in. But seriously if the girl who made that is listening: You're incredibly talented."

In the same contest, Lara also created Game of Thrones' Tyrion Lannister, a top combination that won her gold and silver.

Earlier work has earned numerous TV slots, with replicas of the likes of This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield as well as Paul O'Grady for an appearance on his self-titled show.

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