As cheesy as the cliché might sound, how about feasting your eyes on Sachin and eating him too? Before your imagination takes over, we’re talking about a life-size cake of the cricketing demi-god that is grabbing eyeballs at the annual cake show in Bangalore.
Though, obviously, the cake lacks the finesse of a Madame Tussaud wax figure, it is indeed a labour of love, taking 5 days to create and involving 8 to 10 men. The team was led by C Ramachandra, a Sachin fan himself. The organisers say 75 kilograms of sugar have gone into making the cake. The other attraction at the cake show is the 18-foot high replica of Hyderabad’s Charminar. The organisers felt that a life-size Christmas cake is probably the best fitting tribute to the master blaster, a month after he retired from the game.
Despite being placed at a high pedestal, many visitors were seen taking pictures with the model of Sachin holding his helmet and bat.
Since many visitors are eager to have a slice of Sachin, what happens to the cake once the show is over? “The cakes on display cannot be eaten since they will gather dust. We will be break all the cakes once the show is over and discard them,” says Vasudev Raju, one of the organisers. Earlier, the organisers used to make candies out the icing and distribute them among underprivileged children.
The much talked about Sachin cake had developed a few cracks last week, soon after it was on display. The organisers then had to take it off for a few days to fix it, leaving many eager visitors disappointed. The Sachin cake was put back on the spot on Monday.
The cake show also has other models including that of the Formula One car and a model to mark one hundred years of Indian cinema. The display, organised by Nilgiris is on till December 29.