Chris’s War Horse cake is star of show at cast party

Published on: 02 Mar 2015

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THE musical War Horse is acknowledged as a technical and artistic triumph - so when it wanted to celebrate the end of its successful run at the Bristol Hippodrome it naturally sought out someone with similar creative genius to help.

That person was cake-maker extraordinaire Chris Griffiths, from Emersons Green, who was commissioned to make a very special cake for the cast.

Chris, who has run Iced Magic Cakes from her home since 1999, was approached by the hit show’s associate director Alex Sims, who had seen from her website – designed by another Emersons Green success story, Yoto Creative – how she carefully sketched, developed and constructed her bespoke cakes.

“It was the perfect cake for me to be asked to do,” said Chris. “I am a horse lover and in my spare time I make horse sculptures out of driftwood. I had been to see War Horse in Cardiff and was so impressed with the puppets.”

Having finished the cake, complete with scenes from the World War One drama about a Devon soldier and his horse, Joey, Chris was given the chance to deliver it in person and to meet the actors and the life-sized horse puppets on stage.

“Joey came to life for me,” said Chris. “I was incredibly privileged to have that close encounter with him. I was interacting with him as if he were a real horse, even though he was being operated by three guys. It was the most mind-blowing experience of my life. It was absolutely wonderful.”

Chris makes more than 200 individually-designed cakes a year for weddings and special occasions. Some of her creations have been flown abroad. To see some of them, visit


Photo credit Rich McD Photography


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