Having returned from exhibiting and judging at Squires Kitchen 30th Anniversary Exhibition, I can share the cake I was asked to make as part of a wedding cake display from cake designers around the country. We were all given a colour palette and dress trend styles for 2016 and then imagination was the only boundary!
Looking forward to exhibiting in the wedding cake showroom at the annual Squires Kitchen Exhibition 2015, 13th-15th March 2015. Well worth a visit for keen sugar crafters, check out their website www.squires-exhibition.com
I never imagined I would get the opportunity to make another one, but in October 2014 I received a request to create a Twelfth Day Cake for Bishops Palace, Bishop Auckland. With only two weeks to plan and make it this was an even bigger challenge than the first cake!
The new Twelfth Day Cake all finished and safely delivered to Bishop Auckland Castle. Each panel had a symbol to depict the Bishops of the Bishops Palace. I really enjoyed the complexity of this 'cake' and was wonderful to deliver it and to see it displayed in such a magnificent setting.
Five years ago I was asked by November Club, Morpeth in conjunction with The National Trust to make a Twelfth Day Cake for a celebration at Seaton DeLaval Hall in Northumberland. It turned out to be an enormous challenge in more ways than one, it is the biggest cake I have made, albeit a dummy. The cake was paraded through the streets and finished its journey as the magnificent centrepiece on the grand dining table. It also featured in Squires Kitchen, Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine.
In 2012 I had the honour of displaying one of my wedding cakes at this prestigious new event which was held at Earls Court, London.
This cake even got a mention on the official Laura Ashley Blog
I was also asked to do three demonstrations to re-create part of the cake I had on display in the wedding cake showroom. I decided to show the construction of the top birdcage. It was quite nerve wracking to have a sea of faces watching your every move, I soon got into the swing and thoroughly enjoyed sharing my knowledge.
In March 2011 I exhibited at The 25th Squires Annual Exhibiton in Farnham. I took along five of my designs to display in the Wedding Cake showroom. The three day event was completely sold out with visitors from all over the world. Even the chefs from Buckingham Palace stopped by, maybe they were looking for ideas.....
I was asked to create a piece to go on display on the table of honour. My work appeared alongside pieces from some of the world's top cake designers. I decided to create something completely different to a wedding cake, I opted for a bust of a clown which was modelled from marzipan.
This is a picture of the finished piece, he is now proudly on display in the Squires shop in Farnham, Surrey. There is a 'museum of cakes' showing sugarcraft work dating from the 1930's to present day.
In December 2010 I was asked by The National Trust to create the Twelfth Day Cake for Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland.
An article telling the story of the cake and its journey is featured in 'Cakes & Sugarcraft' magazine which goes on sale on 28th April 2011.
This cake is my widest creation to date, measuring 90cm in diameter.
Below is a photograph of the finished masterpiece
The photograph below is of the cake in progress. This really shows the scale of the task.