Conor McGregor life-size cake was the icing on sweet career of baking genius

Baking genius Ben Cullen says that making an edible life-size Conor McGregor was the icing on the cake of his super-sweet career.

Ben, who is known as The BakeKing, spent 35 hours on the amazing creation.

The 73cm treat included the UFC star’s head and torso along with his famous tattoos.

Ben said: “Conor McGregor is an inspiration to a lot of people. I love this guy, I think he’s hilarious.

“He started from the bottom and worked his way to the top.”

Ben, 29, who starred on Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers, specialises in creating impressive bespoke treats.

The former tattoo artist and graphic designer got into the game after being bowled over by a picture of one of his tattoo client’s cakes.

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After learning how to bake from YouTube videos, Ben has now risen to the top of the cake world and has got thousands of online followers.

The Birmingham-born creative is now known globally for his show-stopping bakes, which include movie characters such as Iron Man and The Joker and realistic-looking dishes including pizza and McDonald’s meals.

He has also made cakes for a string of stars from Conor to pop star Rita Ora and Liverpool football boss Jurgen Klopp. He said: “Making the cake for Jurgen’s birthday was incredible.

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“The club got in touch and asked me to make it for his 49th birthday and I was speechless. It was probably my first big commission.

“It was a caricature cake and was so funny to do.

“I didn’t get to meet him, but I heard he loved it and had it on his desk with a big ‘Do not eat’ sign.”

The stunning creation was made from a base of Rice Krispies, melted marshmallows, chocolate sponge and buttercream.

Making a life-like cake of Rita Ora’s head for her album launch and birthday was another career highlight. Ben said: “It was one of my favourites to do.

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“They didn’t give me a brief as such, they left me to it. But it worked out pretty well and I heard she was thrilled with it.”

As well as a caricature of Prince Harry for a polo event, one of his proudest moments was creating a sculpture of Leigh-Anne Pinnock from the band Little Mix.

He said: “The cake was for her birthday and it was a sculpture of her head all made from chocolate cake.

“I got to meet her and that was amazing. The girls were all so lovely and they were astonished by the cake, which was really nice to see.”

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Ben, who makes all manner of cakes including traditional bakes, said he loves the thought that he could be inspiring a new generation of unconventional bakers.

He said: “I’m hardly what you’d expect to be down the W.I. whipping up a victoria sponge.

“But I love that it’s a career people wouldn’t expect me to do.

“I’m a lad and I love football, boxing and tattoos, but I also love baking cakes and it’s great that there is no-one like me.

“I’m hardly Mary Berry, but hopefully I’m helping to change the face of the industry and making it a bit more edgy.”

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