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From Catwalk to Cake

8 August, 2014

From Catwalk to Cake

What happens when you take the hottest catwalk trends from this year’s Paris, New York, Milan and London Fashion Weeks and give them to Auckland’s top cakers? Shore City’s Art of Cake Awards 2014.

Yesterday evening, six incredible feats of cake decorating skill and creativity were unveiled during the launch event at Shore City in Takapuna. Each finalist’s cake, up to 1.8 metres tall on display, is inspired by the caker’s choice from current Fashion Week trends.

Throughout the month, the six finalists are competing for the public’s vote to see who has the best-dressed cake. The free exhibition, open every day at Shore City, will finish on Thursday 28th of August with the announcement of this year’s winning caker.

The 2014 finalists in the Shore City Art of Cake Awards are:

Wild Things by Eat Cake - Cake Designer: Kerry Morris, Glenfield
Inspired by the exotic collections of Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Valentino, Eat Cake has channeled the animal charisma of all things wild. Decorated with wafer paper feathers, ruffled fondant fur, edible lace, fondant flowers and a gum-paste shoe. The feathers alone took five hours to create.

La Vie en Rose by Bake-a-Boo
Cake Designer: Elina Prawito, Henderson
Looking at life through rose-tinted lenses, Elina Prawito from Bake-a-Boo fashioned this ultra-feminine creation over a period of five days. Decorated with edible glitter and delicate flowers crafted in waffle paper.

Eccen-Trick by Miss Melicious
Cake Designer: Missy Fleming, Te Atatu Peninsula
Flirting with an Anything Goes attitude, Missy Fleming from Miss Melicious purposefully mismatches elements and levels to create something oddly cohesive. Coloured gelatine bubbles sit atop a cake that is crafted using precision cutting and freehand scalpel work on fondant, with each separate tier taking many hours to create.

All That Glitters by Celebration Cakes
Cake Designers: Rae & Ngaio Coppins, Manukau City
Lovingly crafted by mother and daughter team, Rae and Ngaio Coppins from Celebration Cakes, this glittering tower oozes opulence in a palette of predominately gold and black. Decorated with gold sequins and paint, fondant overlay, isomalt gems and jelly gems, silver glitter and hand-cut tiles. The lower tier alone took three hours to create.

Cutting Edge by Cake Circus
Cake Designer: Melanie-Jane Gee, Waiatarua
Inspired by the fashion-forward collections of Christopher Kane and Gareth Pugh, with a nod to modern architecture, Melanie-Jane Gee from Cake Circus crafted this cake over the span of a week. Decorated in fondant, overlaid with pyramids and roses constructed out of wafer paper and piping gel.

Shine Bright by Sweet Bites Cakes
Cake Designer: Sondra Vicelich, Henderson
Revelling in extravagant luxury, Sondra Vicelich and her team of three cakers from Sweet Bites Cakes spent over one hundred hours crafting this over-the-top tribute to precious gemstones and platinum. Metallic airbrushed cake, decorated with gelatine sequins, isomalt jewels and edible glitter.

With 28 entries submitted for this year’s awards, a judging panel of fashion’s finest selected five finalists to compete against last year’s Art of Cake winner, Sondra Vicelich from Sweet Bites Cakes.

The 2014 judging panel were: Leonie Barlow, founder of fashion and beauty blog The Style Insider; renowned fashion stylist, Kylie Cooke; and acclaimed photographer Fiona Quinn.

“I was blown away by the calibre of entries for this year’s Art of Cake competition,” says judge Leonie Barlow. “While it was great to see such incredible creativity, it made selecting the finalists very difficult.”

This sweet spectacle is open for viewing and voting at Shore City from now until the 28th of August.

Key Dates:
Thursday 7 August - Art of Cake 2014 launch event, public voting opens
Thursday 28 August - Public voting closes, 2014 award winner announced!


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