The huge cake, shaped as the Palace of Westminster, was donated by London’s second oldest guild and marked the anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s parliament, widely recognised as the beginnings of the House of Commons.
Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers Paul Heygate said: “Our guild was established in 1155 so we are sure our forebears would have been there to support Montfort – and the Worshipful Company are keen to show our continued support today for our democratic rights and freedoms.”
Accepting the gift, Speaker John Bercow said: “We are truly grateful to the Worshipful Company of Bakers for this gift and for the talent and effort it took to create it. This magnificent cake really was testament to the excellent work of the National Bakery School.’’
The cake was eaten by visitors to Parliament, including lucky school groups, tourists, visitors to the gallery and constituents visiting their MPs.