IT has taken 100 hours to make, using 160 eggs and more than 15 pounds of flour.

An 8ft cake replica of HMS Queen Elizabeth has been created by a Scottish firm to be unveiled at the commissioning ceremony today.

3D Cakes, which has shops in Edinburgh and Glasgow, was appointed by the Royal Navy in May to bake the edible ship.

David Duncan, founder and lead designer of 3D Cakes, said: “It’s been an honour for us to create a cake for the Queen’s commissioning ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

“We love a challenge at 3D Cakes so when we were given the brief to create the 8ft replica ship we knew that it would be hard but also something that we would never forget.

“Luckily, we got some help on the cake from two Navy chefs, Jessica Mycroft and Aaron Wright from HMS Queen Elizabeth, who gave us excellent insight into the look and feel of the ship.

“We are really proud of the cake we created and are delighted that a Scottish-based cake designer was chosen for such an amazing task.”

The youngest crew member serving on HMS Queen Elizabeth will undertake the honour of cutting the cake.

Steward Callum Hui, from Lynton, Devon, is just 17 and signed up to the Royal Navy soon after finishing school.

“I am excited to say the least," he said.