Cake International London 2015 – Part 1.

 Gold award winning cupcakes from Cake International.

Gold award winning cupcakes from Cake International.

Hello all! This is a bit of a late blog, but I did it eventually… right?

I had such grand plans for C.I this year. I wanted to enter a wedding cake and a large decorative exhibit. I had my designs ready, I had the tools and all the bits and bobs ready… and then illness hit. I honestly didn’t think I would even make it to the show (I’m sad to say that although I am improving, I’m still not back to normal grr)

Because I am a determined so and so, I really wanted to enter still. I knew I would have kicked myself if I hadn’t done it. I HATE regretting stuff! So I back peddled a bit, and decided to enter a cupcake display instead. There was less hard work involved, just a lot more modelling. Which isn’t exactly strenuous.

The idea for the Carrot House entry came about as the show was close to Easter and I thought it would be nice to do something related. In the end, it turned out to be totally un-Easter like, but still pretty cool 😀

Cupcake Stand

The stand was my first real go at structure work. It started out as a few bits of wood and some pipe. The whole thing was covered in white icing and then airbrushed! Nerve-racking I’ll say!

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After building the carrot from modelling chocolate (find a recipe to make modelling chocolate here. ) I then covered it in icing and airbrushed it. And then it was time to start adding in the fun details. Did you spot the little worms underneath the stand?

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I spent ages on the stand. I was really enjoying it, however the cupcakes are important bit… and being so preoccupied with the stand, I forgot to get a proper design for them sorted. I knew I wanted bunnies, but doing what?! I ended up going for a crazy bunny chewing on a carrot. I took massive inspiration from Aardman Studios for the characters.

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And with only 12 hours to go until I left for London, I finally got my brain in gear and decided on a Mole for the second design. He’s popping his head out after digging a hole and discovering a very tasty looking worm on his head. For his part the worm is looking rather panicked! In fact, due to lack of planning, after making these little guys I realised the worms didn’t fit into the box. So I had to pull them out and they got to travel in style in a little baggy haha.

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For these guys I made Carrot cupcakes…. got to really, with a giant Carrot in the middle and Vanilla cupcakes.

The judges seemed to like them, however I didn’t get to go back and get feedback as I spent literally the whole show in my hotel room, apart from a few hours where I made it across. Oh well, here’s to the next show. Hopefully I’ll be on tip top form and get to enjoy hanging out with all the friends I sadly let down and missed this time.

Peace, love, cookies and cakes,

Vix