• A colourful Amsterdam scene has been created in cake by DFDS and here’s how you can enjoy a slice for free

    Fields of tulips, a canal lined with pastel-coloured houses, bridges and bicycles have been recreated in vanilla-flavoured sponge and icing form in an eye-catching display from DFDS.

    A remarkable Amsterdam-inspired giant cake – more of a sculpture – has taken up position in Newcastle outside Haymarket Metro Station on Northumberland Street where it can’t fail to catch the eye of passers-by.

    And no doubt there will be a rush on when it gets cut at noon this Tuesday.

    Free slices of the seven-foot by five-foot whopper will be given out to visitors on behalf of ferry operator DFDS to promote its Newcastle to Amsterdam route.

    The creation, with its intricate scene including typically-narrow Dutch houses and a windmill, is the work of world renowned cake artist  Michelle Wibowo and took more than 100 hours to make.

    The giveaway from noon is to celebrate the DFDS’s popular local route to Holland’s capital which has daily departures from Port of Tyne in North Shields.

    In the past three years, more than 24,000 people have made the crossing  and the hope is that having a chance to share in a 100kg cake will be food for thought encouraging many more to book a trip.

    The award-winning DFDS, which also hosts the likes of music cruises and murder mysteries ,  is advertising mini-cruises starting from £70 per person and there is also an option to take a car.

    DFDS Vice President Kasper Moos said: “We’re incredibly excited to be celebrating one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals by giving the people of Newcastle a flavour of one of our most popular destinations.

    “Our daily Newcastle to Amsterdam route is a convenient and affordable option for travellers who want the freedom to explore the beautiful regions that surround the city of Amsterdam.”He joked: “We hope the cake inspires people to visit the area for themselves – after all, travelling by ferry is a piece of cake!”  

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