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Cake 'em laugh; KIRSTY'S TOWER OF TERROR ON TV BAKE OFF Anchor on showstopper TV SPECIAL.

Byline: Heather Greenaway

Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark has revealed she had no towering terror as her show-stopping cake threatened to topple on TV.

She pulled out all the stops to create an impressive Old Man of Hoy creation on a Comic Relief celebrity edition of BBC's The Great British Bake Off.

But the broadcaster, whose 2ft creation earned her the title of star baker, says it would have been better TV if the teetering concoction had toppled.

Kirsty, who based her design on Scotland's highest freestanding sea stack in Orkney, admits she had no time to practise the cake before the show and just winged it.

She said: "The Bake Off was all about having fun and encouraging folk to bake cakes and raise money for Comic Relief. Winning was not my aim, it was just a bonus.

"I think it would have been much funnier if my Old Man of Hoy had toppled over. I would have laughed and so would everyone else.

"I had never made the cake before and just cobbled it together on the day by cutting up two big madeira sponges into squares, spreading jam and butter cream between the layers and covering it in sandstone-coloured soft cheese frosting.

"I gathered twigs and leaves from outside the marquee to make the nest and substituted mint for moss.

"I was delighted the judges liked it as it could have ended up a total disaster. I knew everyone else would be doing something British but I was determined my cake would have Scotland at its heart."

Kirsty, 57, who lives in Glasgow with her husband, STV boss Alan Clements, has grilled some of the nation's toughest politicians.

But the mum-of-two admits she was more nervous about embarrassing herself in front of the judges, her hero Mary Berry and the hard-to-please Paul Hollywood.

The talented baker, who came runner-up in the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef, said: "I have been baking for as long as I can remember and have all of Mary's books.

"Fortunately, I didn't let myself down and avoided the wrath of Paul."

Comic Relief Day is on Friday, March 15. To get involved, log on to www.rednoseday.com

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STARS Kirsty, Mary and Paul, and, left, mini nest on the cake

LANDMARK Old Man of Hoy

TEETER Kirsty with cake as fellow contestant Julia Bradbury looks on
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Date:Jan 27, 2013
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