We're very excited to reveal today that to mark Titanic Belfast’s fifth birthday, local Great British Bake Off Finalist, Andrew Smyth has engineered a bespoke birthday cake for us!
Andrew, who is originally from Northern Ireland, the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, expertly designed the cake’s layers to showcase the enduring appeal of RMS Titanic, Belfast’s ship building heritage and the success of Titanic Belfast.
For the bottom layer, Andrew took inspiration from what first-class passenger Lady Duff Gordon remembered most about the food on board Titanic - fresh strawberries, grapes and pink roses. He created a luxurious Genoese sponge layered with fresh strawberry and red grape jam along with a lightly rose-flavoured buttercream to reflect the first-class experience on-board. Whereas the modern top layer of chocolate cake with a Bailey’s Cream filling reflects Titanic’s Northern Irish roots and celebrates the success of Titanic Belfast today.
Great British Bake Off Finalist, Andrew Smyth, commented "I am thrilled to be involved with Titanic Belfast's 5th Birthday celebrations and am delighted to be designing a unique cake for this special milestone. Titanic Belfast really is a fantastic experience, I've visited multiple times and keep coming back for more. As a Northern Irish engineer, I have a real pride associated with the maritime heritage of the area and this Experience is a real gem in Belfast's crown, a fitting celebration of the ingenious engineering and majesty of Titanic. It rightly deserves its title as the World's Leading Tourist Attraction and I hope many more visitors get to experience the magic over the next 5 years too!"
Tim Husbands MBE, Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast, “Having been crowned the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, welcomed over 3.5 million visitors including Her Majesty The Queen, former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, TITANIC director James Cameron, the discoverer of Titanic, Dr Robert Ballard and hosted over 1,500 events, we have five years full of Titanic memories! Today, as we celebrate our fifth birthday with Andrew’s cake, we’re adding to these memories. Andrew’s cake showcases the allure of RMS Titanic in 1912 as well as its enduring appeal today for visitors at Titanic Belfast."
If you fancy yourself as a Titanic Bake Off Champion, check out the recipe here
and give it a go!