20th December 2018

The Royal Duchy Hotel Christmas Cake Creation

The Duchy Elves have been hard at work for months, creating a fabulous Christmas cake for guests, almost too good to eat! Head Chef John Mijatovic continues to bring spontaneity, new ideas and creative flair to the table, take a peek at John's previous spectacular Christmas cake creations here. You will not be disappointed with this year's masterpiece!

The Duchy Christmas Cake 2018 perfectly named ' Falmouth' captures all the fine detail of the panoramic view from The Royal Duchy Hotel, down Castle Beach and over the bay up to Pendennis Castle. The Falmouth RNLI take centre stage in the sea in front of the hotel, with all cake proceeds raised over the festive period going to the wonderful Falmouth RNLI.

Showcased this Christmas within our festive filled Coleman Room, hotel guests and none-residents over the festive period will be wowed and delighted. Join us to celebrate this beautiful creation whilst raising much-needed funds for the Falmouth RNLI. Raffle tickets can be purchased from Reception to win a 3-course fine dining meal for 2 within our award winning AA Rosette Pendennis Restaurant in the New Year. 

This year's sweet creation will be the icing on the cake for guest this Christmas! Take a look at the fabulous step by step Christmas cake in the making...

Day 1 | Cake In The Making

Thinking back to the warmer days of late summer in Cornwall, Head Chef John was already thinking ahead to the Christmas cake of the year! Many sketches later (along with lots of cups of coffee) the idea of simply focusing the cake on beautiful Falmouth came to mind. The Royal Duchy Hotel is perfectly placed with panoramic views across the bay, up to Pendennis Castle, which would make the perfect festive scene this Christmas.

Day 4 | It's All In The Detail

From fine intricate detail of Pendennis Castle to the trees on the coastal path, John has dedicated hours to get the finer detail just right in and around The Royal Duchy Hotel.

The final details were added mid-December, at the time when a Russian Cargo Ship ran aground at Gyllyngvase Beach just down the road from the hotel, watching the drama unfold just in front of the hotel gave the hotel team the idea to link the cake with Falmouth RNLI, and to raise funds for this fantastic charity.

Day 7 | Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle is an artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII near Falmouth, Cornwall, England between 1540 and 1542. It formed part of the King's Device programme to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire and defended the Carrick Roads waterway at the mouth of the River Fal. 

How could we not name out hotel restaurant after such a wonderful art of Falmouth history? The Pendennis Restaurant prides itself on superb fine dining with a contemporary twist. The award-winning AA Rosette Pendennis Restaurant headed up by Head Chef John and a team of 4 super chefs and 6 super chefs in training, continue to delight guests with their flair and imagination through dining, with freshly made to order cuisine, using only the finest local ingredients.

Day 10 | The Duchy Build

On with the hotel! Not only does The Royal Duchy Hotel include all the little details, but it also lights up, along with the street lights around it. 

Day 13 | On With The Dome

Head Chef and our in-house Maintenance Team have shared many construction conversations over their coffee breaks. Carpenter whizz Paul has constructed the Christmas Cake base from scratch and dedicated hours to sanding surfaces, bending wood and painting the beautiful cake case, whilst genius Neil has ensured we have light within, to illuminate the cake.

Day 16 | In goes the sea

Not forgetting the ocean, topped off with an RNLI boat which takes centre stage.  The rocks are in, the sea is currently being rolled out...watch this space! 

Did you know, Falmouth’s harbour is the third deepest natural harbour in the world. It measures up to 34 metres in depth. It is only beaten by Sydney Harbour and The Port of Mahon.

Day 19 | The Big Reveal

Watch this space!

Sunday 23rd December will see a little get together to celebrate the reveal of The Royal Duchy Hotel Christmas Cake 2018, with a special visit from the Falmouth RNLI.

Head Chef John, is ready for some Christmas cheer!...

Help The RNLI Save Lives And Win With The Duchy!

Pop in to view the fabulous cake creation over the festive period whilst raising much-needed funds for the Falmouth RNLI. Raffle tickets can be purchased at our hotel Reception from Sunday 23rd December. to win a 3-course fine dining meal for 2 within our award winning AA Rosette Pendennis Restaurant in the New Year. 3 runners-up will receive a bottle of Brend Hotel Cabernet Sauvignon Wine and RNLI Tote Bag.

With special thanks to all at The Duchy who made this cake creation possible particularly John, Paul and Neil for their creative dedication. 

Take a look at previous cake creations from John...