So .... I won a third place ribbon at the Royal Easter Show this year!
This is the first time that I've actually entered a cake into a competition and entering two was a bit of a stretch but I got a bit excited about the different categories. I wanted to do something a bit serious and also something really fun so entered a wedding cake as well as a novelty cake which had to encapsulate the feel of the show.
Last year when I was experimenting with hand painting on fondant I made a yellow cake with big bold painted flowers. I loved it and always wanted a chance to make it properly so that's what formed the basis of my wedding cake entry. It was a bit risky since it was anything but traditional, but I feel like weddings are so far from traditional these days and brides are so much more willing to be bold and quirky and show their personality when they theme their wedding.
When I think of the Easter Show I immediately think of the Bertie Beetle show bag, carnival rides and pluto pups (I may be showing my age here since it all seems to be about chips on a stick, cheese on a stick or corn on a stick rather than the good old pluto pup these days) and so that's what I wanted to incorporate into my novelty cake. Unfortunately Lucas got sick during the week that I was making this cake so I spent most of my time coddling him which left only late nights to finish the cake so it really wasn't 100% how I wanted it to be but I was happy with it none the less.
I won't lie though, I put all my eggs into the wedding cake basket in my mind and nursed it so carefully as we drove to the venue. I made Tim drive like he did when we first brought our children home from the hospital so that the precious yellow cake in my lap didn't get damaged. Poor old Bertie Beetle got shoved into the boot because I wasn't completely happy with it and didn't feel like it could win anything.
Thank God Bertie got there safely because after the opening night I found out that he won me a third place ribbon! I couldn't have been prouder, except when I went to the show with my kids who went crazy when they saw mummy's cake on display and when I heard all the comments from people who walked by. Although, I did hear one lady say "urgh who would want a yellow wedding cake?!". You can't please everyone I guess but I wouldn't change a thing about it although maybe next year I will tone it down just a little bit and hopefully I'll get a first place ribbon.
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