Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has baked a giant hot cross bun, which was unveiled last week at the RSPB’s Saltholme wildlife reserve.

The Easter treat – which is in the process of being verified by Guinness World Records – was created to help promote the activities taking place at RSPB reserves over the Easter weekend.

The hot cross bun measured 8ft in diameter, and weighed a hefty 169kg – the equivalent of around 2,300 regular hot cross buns – and looks to have beaten the current record-holder in South Africa, SASKO bakeries.

It was baked in a custom-made tin, that is due to be reused as a birdbath at the RSPB’s headquarters. It took five bakers a day to prepare and bake, with over 65kg of flour used.

David Smart, production director at Greenhalgh’s, said it had been one of the bakery’s more unusual bespoke requests. “We were delighted to be tested on such a large scale and to help achieve a notable World Record while assisting a worthwhile charity,” he said.