Lynda Hitchins reviews entries for the Formal Cakes category at the Cake and Sugar Art Show.
Nelson bakers went out of their way for a national cake decorating conference and competition held in Richmond.
Over 300 sugar cake and sculpture entries wowed judges and punters at the annual event, hosted by Nelson’s Chapter of the New Zealand Cake Decorators Guild.
The theme of the event was largely floral, with fully edible candy sculptures of Gloriosa lilies in one category, another category for inedible floral cake decorations, and two categories for cakes: formal and “all”. is allowed”.
Desiree Thiart of the Nelson Cake Decorators Guild said Nelson’s Guild hadn’t done too badly, with one gold for a 15-year-old’s waterfall cake and another for silver.
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“It was the national conference… it was pretty big. We had loads of members of the public coming in for the exhibit.”
The event wasn’t just for locals, however, with protesters from Australia and the UK as well as across New Zealand to help cake decorating enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs alike, learn new techniques. .
Thiart said each sugar cake or sculpture was fully edible, although its own entrance, an underwater scene that was a pollution statement, included inedible components.
The Nelson Cake Decorators Guild has 39 members, ages 14 and up, and Thiart said they are always looking for more members.
“We have a workshop coming up at the end of November, everyone is welcome… we encourage young members to come. Anyone 9 years old and over. “
The Christmas-themed cake decorating workshop will take place on November 30, and people can register with Thiart on the group’s site. Facebook page.