Cake artist stuns judges at contest

Tuesday 18th December 2018 5:30 am

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A Manxwoman has scooped up a gold and silver award in the world’s largest cake competition.

Aimee Ford from business Butterfingers went against more than 1,900 entrants from around the globe at Cake International, a cake-decorating competition held in Birmingham this month.

Her entry in the popular wedding cake category scored a silver award and her beach-themed cake - inspired by her home surroundings - won gold.

Only 21 gold awards were awarded throughout.

Aimee explained how ’shocked’ she had been when the announcements were made, especially as it was her first time entering a big competition.

’It was an incredible feeling, like I was on top of the world,’ she said.

’In the wedding cake category alone there were 300 entries and the judging was very harsh this year.

’Everyone started with 100 points with marks being deducted for any flaws.’

The Peel resident said it was an ’exceptional feat’ having claimed top prizes over other artists which she said she ’fan girled over’.

She said: ’My gold award winning cake was inspired by our local surroundings with me living in Peel and being by the sea.

’It used the latest cutting edge techniques, the likes of which many haven’t seen before - even the judges were enquiring how I did some of it.’

She added: ’The silver award winning piece was inspired by stately homes and grand residences such as Milntown, Rushen Abbey and Amisfield House [in St Jude’s].

’I "aged" the sugarpaste and dusted it to look like a slightly grubby exterior wall.’

For her designs, Aimee used Manx ingredients including Laxey Glen Mills flour and a salt-free butter made specially for her by Isle of Man Creamery.

Her award winning cakes will be on display at the Sefton Wedding Fair, in Douglas, on January 27, along with other Butterfingers delights.

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