Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Something Borrowed, Something Blue.And a Cake Made of Stotties; Traditional Bread Sarnies Are Used as a Centrepiece at Wedding Bash

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Something Borrowed, Something Blue.And a Cake Made of Stotties; Traditional Bread Sarnies Are Used as a Centrepiece at Wedding Bash

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Byline: SEAN SEDDON Reporter sean.seddon@trinitymirror.com @seddonnews

ATTENTION North East foodies: the region has inspired a whole new kind of cake.

A Birtley baker has created "the world's first stottie wedding cake", perhaps the most decadently Geordie feast imaginable.

This four-tier sandwich stack, packed with classic fillings like ham and pease pudding, is probably the weirdest thing you'll ever see at a wedding.

The stottie wedding cake was the creation of Brian Burn, who has run the shop Mr Baker's on Birtley High Street for 32 years.

It was made to be the centrepiece for the wedding reception of Jonathan Mills, 38, of Wallsend, and his wife Jo, 35.

The pair were married in the Dominican Republic on August 21 but celebrated two weeks later with friends and family at the Baltic. Mr Burn, the culinary pioneer behind the creation, said: "The whole thing came about when my friend Jonathan asked me to make him a wedding cake.

"I said we don't really do them much any more because we focus more on baking bread - so he came out with, 'Well, can you make a stottie wedding cake?' "I told him to stop being daft but then I Googled it and realised it hadn't been done before so I decided to do it for a bit of fun.

"We got the branches and leaves made up and the flowers were provided by the florists down the road, Pots and Posies.

"The little figurines on top of the cake came from a stall on the Quayside and had to be cemented into place with pease pudding.

"And then round the base we made 30 little ham and pease pudding sandwiches for the bairns."

The sandwich is made up of four layers which, beginning from the bottom, are: ham and pease pudding; coronation chicken (the groom's favourite); tuna and cucumber (the bride's favourite); and turkey and stuffing at the top.

He said: "I didn't expect the reaction to be so good, the feedback has been amazing.

"Stottie cakes are a real piece of the North East's tradition so everybody who has seen it has said it's brilliant."

Jonathan, a keen amateur baker who made his own impressive cake to sit alongside the stottie wedding cake, was delighted with the outcome.

He said: "Brian and I have been trying to out-do each other for years and I thought to myself, 'What can I get him to make me?' "I helped out by making the stand for the stottie wedding cake and I just thought it was a brilliant thing to be able to serve to our friends and family."

The unique nature of the nuptials didn't end at the buffet: they were married on the beach under a solar eclipse with everybody except the bride dressed in pink.

A bakery classic that just keeps bouncing back AS one baker begins a new chapter in the history of the stottie, it's worth reflecting on the history of an iconic Geordie delicacy. …

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