By Cara Sulieman
LITTLE Keira Edwards must have thought all her Christmases had come at once after stumbling across this giant festive cake.
The two year old was wide-eyed with wonder at the seven-foot high monster treat which has gone on display in Edinburgh.
The brightly coloured confection towers over children in the posh department store and will be handed out to shoppers later this month.
It took artist Connie Viney four weeks to prepare and bake the cake before it took pride of place amongst the toys.
The 23-year-old’s edible sculpture is part of a project by Edinburgh Sparkles to create four unusual decorations to be dotted around the city.
“A taste for my work”
Over nine days from December 12 the baked delicacy will be cut up and given out to Christmas shoppers.
And Keira, who was visiting Edinburgh from Chester with dad Mark, was making sure she was front of the queue.
Connie said: “I love the fact that people can literally get a taste for my work.
“Why not make a sculpture from cake?
“There’s something really festive about encouraging people to come together and share something, which is what I hope my decoration will do.”
And shoppers in the city will also be able to pick up a free Christmas card complete with stamps.
Edinburgh College of Art student Lindsey Fyfe has designed the postcards for the residents of the capital to send their festive messages around the world.
It features an icy Heart of Midlothian and will be available to pick for free in shops and St Giles Cathedral.
Lindsey said: “Rather than make a decoration to hang in this beautiful city, I am giving 1000 people the chance to send a small piece of Edinburgh out to the world.
“It is my hope that the project unites participants throughout the city in sending, receiving and re-connecting at this festive time.”
Also commissioned was a collage of snow geese in John Lewis and a magical wintery character at Princes Mall.
Head of Destination Edinburgh Marketing Alliance, Kenneth Wardrop said: “This is a really exciting Christmas for Edinburgh and we are proud to showcase work from the city’s creative talent as part of it.
“Each submission chosen gives an original and fresh take on what a decoration can be and we hope that visitors enjoy them.”