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Hollywood cake competition


Long time no blog. I’m really bad at keeping this up to date.

But here I am, so I obviously have news.

In Newcastle we have a beautiful old cinema called the Tyneside Cinema and every year they hold a special weekend celebration of films from across the decades and genres – always fun! As part of this glorious weekend they hold a cake competition. I’m a horribly competitive person so I’ve stayed away from things like that in the past, but thought I would give it a bash.

So I set about designing a cake based on one of my favourite films ‘breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

I made a triple layer, flour less chocolate cake filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream. The recipe is a Mary Berry one (of course). Baked in a rectangular tin, but squared off so I could make the infamous blue box.

I’m really lucky to have a great cake supply shop near me called ‘design a cake’ who sold ready coloured icing in Tiffany blue. So that was an easy job.

A week before the big day I set to making breakfast items including a tiny croissant 🙂 I glazed everything for a bit of extra sparkle.
I used a gold and silver cake spray to make the jewellery items and some sugar sparkles for extra twinkle.

I really didn’t know what I was doing, I very rarely decorate cakes in that manner, but everyone has to start somewhere – I just chose to jump in at the deep end!

Very nervously, I took my cake to the cinema. There were about 13 other cakes in all an they were all amazing! Finding nemo, man in the moon, the third man…all excellent!

Waiting to be judged made me so nervous – but the other people who entered were lovely and so supportive of each other. I was delighted with the judges comments, scoring well on flavour and originality.

I was so happy to place third in the competition! The second place and winner were so well deserved, I couldn’t believe I’d been compared to them!

Really looking forward to next years competition!







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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in baking adventures


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