Great British Bake off star bakes a Barbara Hepworth cake for gallery's millionth visitor

By Culture24 Reporter | 05 December 2013

Her cakes always tended to be a little on the sculptural side. Now Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn is getting arty with a cake inspired by Barbara Hepworth

a photo of a seated Frances Quinn with her chin leaning on her hand
Frances Quinn's fanstastical creations won her the top prize in the Great British Bake Off
Never has the art of baking been so popular, thanks in main to the BBC's bakery themed reality TV show The Great British Bake-Off, which this year saw Frances Quinn crowned the winner of BBC2's most viewed programme in a decade.

Now, as well as getting sexy, baking is becoming arty. Quinn has turned her skills toward the art world by baking a Barabara Hepworth-inspired cake to celebrate the millionth visitor to the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield.

Renowned for her flamboyant creations, Frances has taken millionaire’s shortbread as the basis of a bespoke special bake with a "unique taste sensation", inspired by the art of the Wakefield-born artist whose artistic legacy is celebrated by the gallery.

The gallery opened in May 2011 and recently announced a week of celebrations and surprise visitor giveaways to mark the occasion of their millionth visitor and thank visitors for their continued support.

Visitors to the gallery this week (until Sunday December 8) have been winning a variety of suprise giveaways, ranging from limited-edition prints, posters and goody bags to free gallery membership, afternoon tea in the Café Bar or even a private tour of the gallery with friends and family.
Today, as well as being welcomed by Frances and her Hepworth-inspired cake creation, the millionth visitor - Pauline from Sydney in Australia, visiting friends in Wakefield - received an exclusive Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle Experience, including behind the scenes tours at all four venues (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park), a Yorkshire food hamper and an overnight stay in a top Leeds hotel.
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