The royal icing on the cake for Shelly

Shelly's cake
Shelly's cake

A cake maker has received a letter from Kensington Palace after creating a show cake celebrating the forthcoming first birthday of Prince George.

Shelly Shulman, 36, of award-winning company Cakes by Shelly created the cake as part of a display at this year’s Ideal Home Show.

The creation was entitled A Present For The Prince and Shelly sent pictures of the bespoke creation to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

She has since received a letter from Kensington Palace on behalf of the Duke and Duchess to thank her.

The letter, dated March 26, reads: “I must say your cake looks extraordinary and the attention to detail is most impressive.

“The Duke and Duchess were equally impressed and would have me pass on their warmest thanks and very best wishes”

The cake and a copy of the letter are now proudly on display in the window of Shelly’s cake boutique in North Street, Leighton.

Shelly, who lives in Gurney Court, Eaton Bray, said: “I was absolutely thrilled to receive the letter. Thank you letters are always wonderful but when it has the royal stamp on the front it just leaves you speechless.

Of the cake, she said: “I wanted to create something fun and childlike for a first birthday whilst at the same time encapsulating the traditional and regal feel of the royal family.”

The creation, which took Shelly over a week to make, weighed more than 20kgs.

It was one of five designs chosen to feature in the Ideal Professional Cake Maker of the Year contest, which Shelly won in 2012.

During the Ideal Home Show, which ran from March 14 to 30, the public were able to vote for their favourite ahead of the winner’s announcement on Mother’s Day.

She added: “Unfortunately my design didn’t win the vote this year but this Royal Seal of approval certainly more than makes up for it. I couldn’t be prouder.”