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Wenlock and Mandeville Gingerbread Men

Wenlock and Mandeville Gingerbread MenI’ve really surprised myself with regards to the Olympics. It’s fair to say that I was not too bothered about it all in the lead up, but now that it’s here, I can’t get enough! I’ve got the telly on at every opportunity and it does not matter what is on, I’m totally getting into it. My husband came back the other night to find me crying along with 21 year old South African swimmer Chad Le Clos who won his first gold beating Michael Phelps against the odds. It was so emotional, and completely inspiring.

We took our 2 girls up to the Olympic park last Sunday to see a handball match and we had such a great day.

Olympic HandballThe atmosphere, the people, the match, the park!

Olympic flagI felt proud to be British and to be giving my children an experience that I hope they will be able to tell their own grandchildren about.

So to celebrate the Olympics I have made gingerbread men using the Olympic mascots as inspiration. At first I think these little creatures scared a few people, but I have to say, they have grown on me. I have a soft spot for Mandeville as this was my maiden name and I loved it and still do.

I had brought one of each for my girls and we took them up to the Olympics and by the end of the day they really were part of the family. Here they are enjoying the game.

Mandeville and Wenlock at Handball

Before I go into detail about the recipe, I’ve done a bit of research on them both and thought you might like to know what I found out. It seems that there is more to these little mascots than meets the eye (get it…eye not eyes).

Wenlock and Mandeville


His head has an aerodynamic shape to it and features 3 points which represent the places on the podium. The pattern on his body with the logo of the games symbolises the whole world coming to London in 2012. The shape on the front of his head represents the shape of the Olympic stadium roof. The yellow light on top of his head is inspired from a London taxi and his eye represents a camera to record the whole of the games.

I heart Mandeville


Similar to Wenlock with regards to the yellow light and one eye, but the mascot for the Paralympics. His head features the 3 Paralympic colours and he is named after Stoke Mandeville hospital which hosted the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948, a competition for injured soldiers and inspiration for the paraolympics.

Wenlock and Mandeville Gingerbread Men

I’ve used a basic gingerbread dough recipe like the one here from Delia online, and I have decorated using a mixture of piping and flood royal icing. They are all free hand, I’ve just simplified my drawings a bit. You will need some icing bags/bottles and I used PME 2 tips for the piping icing and PME 4 tips for the flood icing. See my Union Jack biscuits for more description on the types of icing and how to make them.


Here are the colours of icing you need. I make mine up and put in little ramekins covered with a damp j cloth to stop them from drying out until I need them.


  • Light grey
  • Mid/light blue
  • Black (for the pupil and W/M but I used a dark chocolate chip for the pupil and a pen with edible ink written on a yellow refresher sweet. Could use mini smartie or something similar)
  • Orange


  • Light grey
  • Light/mid blue
  • White

How to decorate


How to pipe Wenlock


How to decorate MandevilleTOP TIP: Wait a good hour after step 2 on Wenlock so that the icing is dry, then go on to step 3 and start piping the logo.

(Hope you have noticed my colouring in skills there!)

Family photoBlog Challenge Entry

I think these are perfect for entering into the Sporting Snacks blog challenge run by Ren from Fabulicious Food. We have certainly been enjoying them whilst watching.


In addition, as my gingerbread contains treacle, and the letter is ‘T’ I can also enter it into this months Alphabakes challenge , hosted by Ros from More than the Occasional Baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes.

Alphabakes badge


I’m taking the next couple of weeks off blogging but will be back towards the end of Aug with lots more to get you all inspired.

Fleur xxx

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  1. What Kate BakedAugust 4, 2012 at 4:41 pmReply

    These are fantastic Fleur!! Brilliant Olympic baking- gold medal baking infact! I’m so pleased to hear you and your family really enjoyed your day out to the Games. Enjoy Super Saturday!

    • FleurAugust 8, 2012 at 9:37 pmReplyAuthor

      Gold medal baking, that is so cool!! Thanks Kate you have made my day. X

  2. bakingaddictAugust 4, 2012 at 9:24 pmReply

    Brilliant entry for AlphaBakes! I’ve been caught up in Olympic fever too – you definitely can’t miss it if you live in London!! Loved the story behind the mascots, something I didn’t know previously. Remember to send us an email as there’s an exciting prize to be won this month http://themorethanoccasionalbaker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/another-alphabakes-giveaway.html

    • FleurAugust 8, 2012 at 9:40 pmReplyAuthor

      Oh, lovely prize Ros! I’ve got my fingers crossed for those measuring cups x

  3. Ren BehanAugust 7, 2012 at 8:20 amReply

    OMG Fleur I love these – you are a true culinary genius and I love the effort you put in to explaining how to make things with your funky photos! Snap – I think we have had the same seats at the handball and I too felt so happy and lucky to be able to take the kids along and give them an experience of a lifetime (as well as ourselves!!) – clever husband. Look forward to many more posts from you after the summer break :-) )

    • FleurAugust 8, 2012 at 9:49 pmReplyAuthor

      Big smile from me!! What a lovely comment. Thank you. Have to say, I got so attached to these little men, it was very difficult to eat them. X

  4. [email protected]August 8, 2012 at 8:12 pmReply

    Love these mascot biscuits. I have just returned from an Olympic day out with the family at Eton Dorney. It is such a special occasion that we ended up buying more tickets for us all to go and see the Paralympics too!
    Have a great time on holiday, we will also be away at the same time as you. But look forward to catching up with you and your blog soon xx

  5. Helen @ Fuss Free FlavoursAugust 9, 2012 at 9:32 amReply

    These are stunning Fleur!

    Another wonderful post from you.

  6. Sarah, Maison CupcakeAugust 9, 2012 at 11:04 amReply

    So cute! Wenlock and Mandeville have really grown on me during the games!

  7. Working London mummyAugust 11, 2012 at 6:17 pmReply

    Great biscuits! Love the sketch to demonstrate icing!

  8. Laura loves cakesAugust 15, 2012 at 2:04 pmReply

    Brilliant gingerbread men…and great to turn them into the Olympic mascots. I know some people are not keen on them but I love them…Wenlock even visited my workplace!! The Olympics was phenomenal too, I loved visiting the park and the whole thing was amazing! :-)

  9. IrisAugust 29, 2012 at 8:19 amReply

    Brilliant! :) Love your illustration on how to decorate. x

  10. Mich - Piece of CakeSeptember 3, 2012 at 3:42 amReply

    Hi, I’m dropping by via AlphaBakes. These gingerbread men are gorgeous. How can anyone bear to eat them?

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