UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY – NICE ENOUGH TO EAT! Gingerbread cake model is Internet sensation
A GINGERBREAD CAKE baked in the shape of the Upper Norwood joint library on Westow Hill has become an Internet hit.
The cake first went on show at the Sparrowhawk pub on the corner of Westow Hill and Westow Street after being specifically made for the Scandinavian Christmas market held there recently, says its baker Billie Armstrong
“When I decided to take part in the market, I wanted to create a showpiece that would catch people’s attention. “I didn’t just want to make a large gingerbread house, I wanted to replicate a building in the area so that it was relevant to the people who would be coming to the market.
“We posted the question on Facebook to get people talking about it and the main suggestion was the Crystal Palace tower followed by the cinema, the library and a few others.
“I decided on the library because not only is it a lovely building, but given the community’s ongoing battle to save it, I felt that it encapsulated the the essence of the Crystal Palace community perfectly and so I went with that.
“I had no idea that it would gain such appreciation and am really humbled by all the praise it received” added Billie, who lives near live near Biggin Woods with husband Paul and their two kids, Leo, five and Beth, three.
“I had never taken part in a market/fair. “The market was organised by my friend Linda and she insisted that I take part selling my bakes. “I am an avid baker!”
If you would like to sample some of Billie’s gingerbread she’ll be at Crystal Palace food market tomorrow (Saturday) on the side of the Patchwork Farm stall. Billie will shortly be donating the gingerbread cake model to the library where it will be available to view.