WHICHEVER way the 2000 Games decision goes, there is already a mammoth 150-kilogram cake to mark the occasion. The fruitcake, in the shape of a giant tennis shoe, will be devoured the night the Olympic bid decision is announced. Fritz Gross, executive chef at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel, took 10 days to make the edible Beijing Olympic bid logo. The two-metre-long cake is being displayed in the hotel lobby until Wednesday night, when a TVB presenter will cut it during a live broadcast just before the announcement from Monte Carlo. Mr Gross said he made the Olympic cake in typical English wedding cake tradition: dense with fruit and alcohol so it would stay fresh until next week. His heavy shopping list included 350 eggs, 18 kg of butter, 18 kg of sugar, 18 kg of flour, 12 kg of apricot jam, 36 kg of mixed dried fruit, 2.8 litres of rum, 2.8 litres of brandy and 2.8 litres of sherry. It then took 14 kg of marzipan to ice the monster shoe - which is complete with marzipan laces and stitching. In total, there are almost $4,000 worth of ingredients waiting to be digested. Not surprisingly, four men are needed to lift the creation. ''I could have used a sponge cake and then it would have been lighter - but a sponge wouldn't have lasted until the Olympic bid winner is announced,'' Mr Gross said. Mr Gross' son, two-year-old Sebastian, was helping with the final stages of the cake preparation yesterday - taste-testing it. Sebastian verified what his father had promised: every part of the tennis shoe is edible. About 300 celebratory slices are expected to be carved from the cake - whether Beijing wins or loses. Mr Gross said the show of support was important as a sign of closer ties between Hong Kong and China. ''All these good luck gestures should serve as a confidence boost for China, as a positive sign for our future relationship.''