Bake a birthday cake for William Shakespeare

He is one of the world’s most famous playwrights, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Now, to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday, the V&A is inviting members of the public to take part in a ‘Cakespeare’ cake baking competition.

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He is one of the world’s most famous playwrights, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Now, to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday, the V&A is inviting members of the public to take part in a ‘Cakespeare’ cake baking competition.

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Participants are encouraged to design, bake and decorate a cake celebrating the life and works of Shakespeare, and upload an image to social media by 4 May, tagged #Cakespeare.

The winner will be selected by actor Jane Asher and director of the V&A department of theatre and performance, Geoff Marsh. The victorious baker will enjoy a weekend for two in Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s hometown – and tickets to see the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The competition marks both the anniversary of the playwright’s birth – traditionally believed to be 23 April – and the launch of the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, which will run from 21 April to 4 May.

Jane Asher kicked off the competition with a 15kg fruitcake depicting the playwright at work. Created by Jane Asher Party Cakes, it features a writing desk and feather quill made from icing, and a scroll listing the 36 plays listed in Shakespeare’s First Folio.

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Containing 17 eggs and almost 4kg of dried fruit, the cake includes a quote from Twelfth Night: “Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

The V&A’s Shakespeare Festival will see screenings of some of the best British Shakespearean theatre productions from the past 20 years, as well as a series of talks and debates.

Visitors will also be able to follow a Shakespeare Trail around the V&A to discover objects from the museum’s collections related to the playwright.

To find out how to enter the Cakespeare competition, click here.

For more information about the festival, click here.

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