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Italians bake the world’s largest cake

Italy has written its name into the record books once more – this time by baking the world's largest cake sculpture.

Italians bake the world's largest cake
An aerial picture of Italy's world record cake. Photo: Carla Bergamini

The giant cake, measuring 16.46 metres long by 13.94 metres wide, was decorated with a map of Italy and its most famous monuments. It had a total surface area of 244 square metres and weighed more than a tonne, Ansa reported.

The cake was made with a a large sponge base, topped with icing sugar. This was then decorated with intricate, icing sugar models of Italy's major landmarks, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Alps.

The cake was created by 300 bakers and designers from Italy's National Association of Cake Designers during the Hobby Show at the Milan Trade Fair on Sunday.

Bakers and designers worked tirelessly for four days to complete the impressive dessert, before Guinness Judge, Lorenzo Veltri officially confirmed it as the largest cake sculpture ever.

One proud Twitter user tweeted a pic of the final result.“My girl has set the Guinness record for the world's largest cake,” he beamed.

After the record was confirmed, the cake was cut into 12,000 individual portions and distributed to visitors at the Milan Trade Fair.

The previous record for the largest cake sculpture was set by the Procter & Gamble-owned dish washing liquid brand, Fairy, in London in November 2014.

Now the record is in Italian hands – continuing what has been a successful year of world record attempts in the country. Earlier this year, Italian teams broke the record for the world's longest pizza, largest tiramisu and even the tallest Lego tower.

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Italy’s Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report

Ex-PM Matteo Renzi would like to see former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi become prime minister of Italy, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Italy's Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report
Matteo Renzi. Image: Andreas Solaro/ POOL / AFP

“I would say that is one of our proposals,” confirmed the source, who declined to be named.

The Italian government collapsed last week when PM Giuseppe Conte resigned. The former coalition allies are currently trying to come to an agreement and sort out their differences.

The centre-left government had been in turmoil ever since former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party earlier this month, a move that forced Conte to step down this week.

During the past year, Renzi frequently criticised Conte’s management of the pandemic and economic crisis.

Italy’s La Stampa newspaper also reported on Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella was considering Draghi for the prime ministerial role. However, Mattarella’s office promptly denied this, saying there had been no contact between them.

So far, there has been no comment from Draghi, who hasn't been seen much in the public eye since 2019.


Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, gave ruling parties more time on Friday to form a new government, after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. 

Coalition parties Italia Viva, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement must come to an agreement to allow the government to heal. 

Renzi, a former prime minister himself, has pubilcly stated that he does not want to talk about who should lead the next government at this stage, reasoning that the parties need to agree on a way forward first.

“Any effort today to fuel a discussion about Draghi is offensive to Draghi and above all to the president of the republic,” Renzi said in an interview published on Sunday with Corriere della Sera.

A senior Italia Viva lawmaker also told Reuters that “If the president gives a mandate to Draghi, we would certainly support this”. 

Renzi, whose party is not even registering three percent support in opinion polls, quit the coalition over Conte’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his plans for spending more than 200 billion euros from a European Union fund to help Italy’s damaged economy.

READ ALSO: Why do Italy's governments collapse so often?

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