A wedding cake made in Offaly gets an entry in the the Guinness Book of Records.
A 30 tier wedding cake with an overall height of 15 feet earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest cake of its kind. The cake was made for the wedding of Kathleen Hanley and James Daly by Kathleen’s aunt Bridie Dunne, a housewife from Tullamore in County Offaly.
The cake is the largest cake Bridie Dunne has ever been commissioned to make and it is on display for the press in the Grand Central Cinema in Tullamore.
It took six weeks to make the cake which is decorated with a red and white motif. The base tier measures 28 inches square and tapers upwards to a top tier measuring 7 inches square. Eighteen of the 30 tiers are square-shaped, there are four circular tiers, four heart-shaped tiers, and four horseshoe tiers.
The ginormous cake is to be packed and transported to the couple’s wedding reception venue in Rhyl, North Wales. After the 300 wedding guests have eaten their fill of the record-breaking cake, the remainder will be distributed throughout a number of hospitals in Britain and Ireland.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 October 1974.