Queen Elizabeth II's Portrait Made of Cupcakes

                                                                                                            (Image credit: Dr. Oetker)

In celebration of the queen's jubilee, baking brand Dr. Oetker teamed up with "Cupcake Queen" Prudence Staite for a cupcake masterpiece: a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

The portrait required 2,012 cupcakes and used only Dr. Oetker baking products.  Staite spent more than 300 hours in her Pamington, Gloucestershire, U.K., studio baking and decorating.

"I was excited to be given the chance to create such a meaningful portrait to celebrate the queen's reign. I have been working with savory food and chocolate for years, but this was a whole new challenge," said Staite in a statement.

"I don't think I've ever seen so much icing in my studio before!" she said.

                                                                                                             (Image credit: Dr. Oetker)

This isn't the first time Staite,with more than 12 years of baking experience, has been commissioned for a food art project like this one.  In the past, she created pudding art, sculpted chocolate and made a giant cheese board for various companies.

Cupcake stats:  Here's what it took to make them.

  • 10 cans of gold and silver shimmer spray
  • 60,000 silver and gold soft sugar pearls
  • 140 white wafer daisies
  • 50kg (110 pounds) of royal icing
  • 20kg (44 pounds) of marzipan
  • 40 tubes of gel food colors
  • 20kg (44 pounds) of chocolate chips
  • 33kg (73 pounds) of cupcake icing
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