Bidvest Foodservice and chef Thomas Leatherbarrow have joined forces to make an artisan Christmas cake worth £1,000.
The cake, which has been developed by Bidvest's team of chefs and decorated by Leatherbarrow will be auctioned off in aid of Hospitality Action.
Ingredients include aged cognac, 15-year-old rum, Manuka honey, Voss water, French glace orange and lemon strips and organic flour and eggs.
Leatherbarrow used 150 sheets of edible gold leaf, 23 gold flakes and gold Madagascan vanilla butter cream to decorate the cake.
Pamela Maclean, food development manager at Bidvest Foodservice said: "This festive season we've created a very special cake for one lucky bidder to enjoy with their friends, family or colleagues, whilst also raising funds for a worthwhile cause. The team have carefully tried and tested the recipe and we're confident that we have created a truly ultimate Christmas cake!"
Thomas Leatherbarrow, chef owner and founder of Pasty Development Ltd, added: "I'm delighted to have worked with Bidvest Foodservice on this project. Decorating this unique cake has not only given me the chance to work with some of the finest festive ingredients, but it also allowed me to have a lot of fun and use some challenging and intricate pastry skills for a great cause."
Penny Moore, CEO at Hospitality Action, said: "Proceeds from our online auction can really make a difference in the lives of the people that we help. The support from the foodservice industry is crucial and this innovative and fun creation from Bidvest Foodservice is a great way to add that extra bit of festive cheer. The funds we raise help us to offer vital support to those who find themselves in crisis, including grants for basic essentials such as food and central heating, or support to the many isolated and lonely retired hospitality workers."