Villagers create nativity scene out of fruitcake

'Christmas cake' has a new meaning thanks to a village in England, which has cooked up a new spin on the Bethlehem story.

Baker Lyn Nolan from Derbyshire, Yorkshire, has constructed an edible replica of the nativity, complete with donkeys, frankincense and little baby Jesus himself.

Her downsized version of Bethlehem took her six months to make and is comprised entirely of fruitcake.

Mrs Nolan crowd-sourced "35 or 36 cakes" from her fellow villagers to form the base of her enormous cake. She used 100kg of icing and marzipan to painstakingly craft the details to Biblical perfection.

The cake will be auctioned for charity, the proceeds going towards equipment for a local primary school.