The ultimate Easter cake revealed by GBBO finalist Miranda Gore Browne

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Easter is a time to gather your nearest and dearest and indulge in heavenly food and tasty treats. Hot cross buns, chocolate Easter eggs and simnel cakes are the usual winners, but what the nation really seems to want is this – a five-layered cake that features no less than 39 ingredients and 352 mini chocolate eggs.

Great British Bake Off finalist Miranda Gore Browne took it upon herself to bake and assemble the ultimate Easter cake, following research of the country's favourite fillings and flavours.

Over 2,000 people were quizzed by Aldi, and the result was a monumental sweet treat.

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The nation's ideal cake features five layers and no less than 352 mini chocolate eggs

Over a third (36 per cent) of Brits said that chocolate sponge was the most likely to get their taste buds tingling, followed by cheesecake (33 per cent), fruit cake (30 per cent), carrot cake (29 per cent) and Victoria sponge (24 per cent) – which is reflected in the intricate creation.

And when it comes to filling, cream trumped all with 53 per cent, followed by chocolate, strawberry jam and raspberry jam. Almost half preferred their cake embellished with chocolate eggs.

The crowd-sourced cake – the first of its kind – took exactly 31 hours to bake by Miranda, who used the Aldi Specialbuys kitchen range.

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Great British Bake Off finalist Miranda Gore Browne spent 31 hours making the cake

"Cake is engrained in British culture," said the cookery book writer. "It’s part of family life, so I’m not surprised that we’re so pernickety when it comes to the ideal slice."

"My biggest worry was how I was going to cut an enormous slice of the cake, so I was thrilled and very relieved when it came out perfectly!" she added.

To find out more about Miranda's baking tips and recipes see a copy of Bake Me a Cake As Fast As You Can or visit www.mirandagorebrowne.typepad.com.

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