Midsummer dream wedding cake

A tour de force for the Bake Off final. If it's too much work for you try making the beautiful edible decorations for a simpler cake.

Equipment and preparation: for this recipe you will need a mandolin, a freestanding mixer, mini pastry cutters in a variety of shapes, mini cupcake tin, muffin tin, sugar thermometer, sugarcraft leaf cutters, 13cm/5in, 18cm/7in and 28cm/11in cake boards and dowels to support the cake tiers.

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For the ginger cake

For the sunshine cake (makes more than you will need)

For the lemon cake

For the pineapple flowers and confetti

  • 1 pineapple (preferably unripe), peeled and thinly sliced into rounds on a mandolin
  • 1 sweet potato, thinly sliced on a mandolin
  • 2 beetroots, thinly sliced on a mandolin
  • 1 mango (preferably unripe), thinly sliced on a mandolin
  • 250g/9oz rhubarb, thinly sliced on a mandolin
  • icing sugar

For the limoncello Italian buttercream

For the French lemon buttercream

  • 5 large free-range eggs, yolks only
  • 5 lemons, zest and 150ml/5½fl oz juice
  • 300g/10½oz caster sugar
  • 500g/1lb 2oz butter, softened, cubed
  • 3 tbsp limoncello
  • 2 tsp lemon extract

For the cream cheese filing

For the orange marzipan (to make the bees)

For the pistachio marzipan (to make the leaves)

For the pistachio and raspberry marzipan

To decorate