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Jennifer Lawrence life-sized cake earns Lara gold award

By Richard Vernalls

A Hunger Games movie fan from Northern Ireland has been served a top award after baking a life-sized cake in the shape of Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence.

Lara Clarke, who is originally from Belfast but now plies her craft from her home in Walsall in the West Midlands, won a Gold award at the Cake International event at Birmingham's NEC.

She was also awarded a Silver for a similar cake depicting Game Of Thrones' anti-hero Tyrion Lannister, played by Emmy award-winning Peter Dinklage.

Despite her talents, Lara only bakes as a hobby and works as a chat moderator on the Tombola Bingo website.

Her Tyrion cake was prompted by her "pride" in the fact Game of Thrones is filmed in her Northern Irish homeland. Ms Clarke, who is taking next year off to marry her fiance, made headlines last year when she showed a cake replica of the movie star Johnny Depp at the same event.

Anyone hoping for a photograph with the eye-catching cakes will be disappointed to learn they are destined to be broken up and fed to the local wildlife.

"With Johnny (Depp) we took him to a local forest where we live, and broke up the cake into crumbs to feed to the animals," she said.

"You don't want to be giving the animals the icing, so we peel all that off, and you just end up with buckets of crumbs."

She added: "You wouldn't want to eat them anyway, because I started making them nearly four months ago so the cake'll be a bit crunchy by now."

The 28-year-old, whose awards both came in the decorative exhibit section, said she was "delighted" with the results.

She added her skills were all self-taught from "watching a lot of TV and movies, and plenty of (US-based television show) Cake Boss".

Ms Clarke put her cake inspiration down to a love of both the hit movie series Hunger Games and the critically acclaimed HBO series, Game of Thrones.

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