Shackleton’s Endurance ship recreated – in sponge cake!

Ian Murphy Curator of Maritime History (left) and chef Neil Faux with the cake

Mmm, cake! I wasn’t invited. Damned good exhibition though.

Icy Treat at Maritime Museum
Shackleton’s Endurance ship recreated – in sponge cake

Chefs at the  Liverpool’s Maritime Dining Rooms have crafted a cake of Antarctic proportions

To mark an exhibition of photographs from Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition at Merseyside Maritime Museum, chefs have re-created the explorer’s ship.

In 1914 the mighty Endurance ship was trapped in ice, now it’s stuck in jam, sponge and chocolate.

Neil Faux, pastry chef at the Maritime Dining Rooms, said: “I’ve baked lots of cakes for parties and events but nothing like this. We were inspired by the Shackleton exhibition in the museum and think our version is fairly accurate – even down to the snow covered decks!”

The cake also signifies the first birthday of the Maritime Dining Rooms. The restaurant, situated on the fourth floor of the Maritime Museum, opened on August 7th last year.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure 16 July 2010 to 3 January 2011 uses more than 150 images by expedition photographer James Francis Hurley to tell this epic tale of survival.


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