A citywide baking frenzy has resulted in a new accolade for Milton Keynes - and a new world record.
On Children in Need Day a charity initiative dreamed up by a local mum smashed the Guinness record for the longest line of cupcakes ever to be assembled in the world.
The existing record was 14,000 cakes, all baked to an identical recipe, iced in white and topped with a cherry.
Throughout last week schools, community groups and families all over the city baked their hearts out to produce a staggering 26,746 cakes.
Displayed on a special giant stand in Middleton Hall, they formed a line almost a mile long.
The mammoth Cakes for Kids effort will now result in hefty donations to three charities – Children in Need, Leo’s Appeal at MK hospital and the Lovebug fund for local cerebral palsy tot Neve Day.
Project organiser, Woburn Sands mum, Dabinder Hutchinson, said: “After months of planning we we really nervous as the big day finally arrived – but the cakes flooded in.”
Dabinder has thanked all the sponsors, particularly Waitrose and John Lewis whose lorries ferried thousands of cakes from drop off points, and Elevations who built the spectacular stand.
“And, of course, we want to thank all those schools, our fantastic team of volunteers and the community of Milton Keynes, Beds and Bucks who got behind us,” she said.
Cakes for Kids is still collecting donations this week. Anybody wishing to help can send money via http://cakesforkids.net/donate/. Meanwhile see our video on our website.