This baker's bottle tribute takes the cake

Vids 19/04/2017

Crate Day just got a lot sweeter with a Whangarei cake maker creating a stunningly life-like and life-sized version of a Lion Red swappa crate.

Julie Hepi made the cake for her uncle's 70th birthday and says he liked it so much he didn't want to cut into it.

"He's from Ohaeawai [in Northland] and they liked to drink by the crate, they're old school boys, and his favourite beer is Lion Red," she says.

Ms Hepi went to great lengths to recreate every little detail, including seeking permission from Lion Red to use their crate top, bottle caps and labels with their signature lion for the masterpiece.

The images were then printed by cake supplies company Kiwicakes on the edible paper using a large specialised A3 printer.

"Then I had to figure out in my head how to make it," she says.

It took a bit of ingenuity, creativity and problem solving, but Ms Hepi, a 20-year cake decorating veteran, doesn't even think the cake was that special or difficult.

Photos of it were posted to Facebook and had people guessing whether it was the real thing or not.

"It was easy, that's why I was a bit surprised everyone loves it so much because I've done wedding cakes with flowers and lots of really difficult things, but this was easy.

"I didn't think it was a big deal, I was just making this thing for my uncle."

She's made a number of cakes for various occasions for friends and family, and the mother-of-four says she sees it as "quiet time".