by Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Friday 29 March 2013

Tate & Lyle Sugars has opened the world’s first hotel using entirely cake as its building material. Fittingly called Tasting House and curated by Miss Cakehead, 14 cake artists took over 2,000 hours to bake and 900 hours to decorate the three-storey edible hotel. In the eight tasting rooms you’ll find “vanilla sponge cushions, windows and walls clad with 2,000 macaroons, a rug made from 1,081 meringues, marshmallow garlands, windowsills built entirely from cake and a bath filled with caramel-coated popcorn”.

Of course, it’s a pop-up hotel — somehow we didn’t think cake hotels were going to fit right into the whole sustainable architecture movement.