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Clive Ranger teams up with baking start-up company to create world's most expensive Welsh cake

Welsh diamond specialist Clive Ranger has teamed up with new start-up Mary Margaret Mix to design and create the cake, which is on display in Cardiff this week.

The cake, worth £6,250, has been decorated with cubic zirconia and topped with a pure Welsh gold and diamond ring. It will be raffled to a winner on St. David’s Day on March 1.

Richard Slack, managing director of Clive Ranger, said: “We wanted to do something special for St David’s Day and so decided to put our own unique twist on this tasty traditional food. This beautiful solitaire ring is set with a .71 carat certificated diamond and made from pure 18ct Welsh gold taken from the Gwynfynydd Mine in Dolgellau and would make a stunning gift or engagement ring.”

Anyone can participate in the raffle, and the entry is a suggested £2 donation. In addition to the chance to win the bejewelled cake, those who purchase raffle tickets will also be given a regular Welsh cake. All donations will be going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“We’ll be displaying the one-off Welsh cake in our window in the week running up to St David’s Day for people to come and take a look at what we believe to be a world first,” said Slack. “We’re confident that the giveaway will be a great success and that we’ll be able to make a significant donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care.”

Local Marie Curie community fundraising manager, Karen Jones said: “We’re delighted to be the beneficiary of this very unique celebration of St David’s Day.  All money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses care for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses at home or in the Marie Curie Hospice, Penarth.”

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