See The Best Cakes From The Great Architectural Bake Off

Check out the showstoppers created for the Great Architectural Bake-Off. Move over #GBBO

Over the past four years, London architecture firms have swapped their pens for rolling-pins for the WATG’s Great Architectural Bake-Off, to battle it out to create the best gourmet version of iconic buildings and landmarks.

Tower Bridge by Make Architects

Last weekend saw some of the world’s best architects turn their hands to bakes rather than buildings, as some of the industry’s most respected architects went head-to-head in the Great Architectural Bake-Off.

MI6 by Farrells Architecture Firm

The annual competition saw iconic London landmarks be recreated as brilliant bakes, including MI6, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, The Old Navy College and the Barbican. In the mix was also a version of Gaudi’s Park Güell by Squire + Partners and Tower Bridge by Make Architects.

Imperial War Museum by Stride Treglown

Stand-out entries included a delicious edible edition of the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, winning tastiest bake, and the Imperial War Museum by Stride Treglown which got praised for its ingenious use of wartime flavours.

London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

Plus, for the very first time, three universities joined the mix for the inaugural Student Bake-Off which welcomed aspiring architects and bakers to flex their culinary and creative skills.

Old Royal Navy College by University of Greenwich

Central Saint Martins University whipped up an immaculate version of Succession House in Vienna while University of Greenwich baked Old Royal Navy College.

Gasholders London by Wilkinson Eyre

But it was London Metropolitan University who narrowly edged it to be named champion with their semi-demolished version of the Robin Hood Gardens, which combined layers of sponges of ginger, pistachio and classic Victoria.

Robin Hood Gardens by Metropolitan University

Contestants had their work cut out for them as the edible entries were judged by a panel of industry experts including Tom Hetherington, Architect and Great British Bake-Off competitor, Peter Murray, Founder of the London Festival of Architecture and Tamsie Thomson, Director of the London Festival of Architecture.

Archigram Walking City by EPR Architects

Marks were awarded for realistic representation, a creative use of materials and – of course – great tasting cakes. Bonus points were awarded for any bakes that explored the London Festival of Architecture’s annual theme of Identity.

The London Eye by AVR

The winner? Architecture firm Benoy took the crown with their ‘Barbicake’; an entirely edible version of the Barbican, made from chocolate fudge, wafer, blueberry swirl, ginger and Nutella.

Barbican by Benoy

How’s that for some serious baking inspiration?

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