Image of actress Dame Maggie Smith has been made as a cake

Tue Jan 6, 2015 12:32:02

The ladies of Downton are known for enjoying afternoon tea but they might be shocked if this cake was served alongside their sandwiches.

A baker has created a cake that spookily resembles Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith.
The creation was the brainchild of cake and chocolate artist Karen Portaleo, 50, who was asked to make it to celebrate the season five premiere of the ITV show in the U.S.

The cake resembling the Dowager Countess took pride of place at a launch party at The Fox Theatre, hosted by Georgia Public Broadcasting. 

It took Karen 18 hours to create her culinary masterpiece. It is a vanilla cake with buttercream, with an Earl Grey Tea soak.
A humorous video speeding up the baking and decorating process reveals how the cake was made