Baker’s Dozen competition winners

THE WINNER

Ruth Knubley

My cake represents the different stages of the Earth’s evolution, from caveman times through to the iPhone era. It begins with the ginger cake covered in dinosaur-themed fondant decorations. The ginger shows the powerful roar of the dinosaurs. The next layer is two red velvet cakes sandwiched together with cream; it has the first signs of human life moulded into fondant. After that, the next tier is a strawberry flavoured sponge with fresh strawberries; it then shows a modern city, crafted out of marzipan. My final sponge presents a sugar-based iPhone stuck to a mini chocolate cake; planted on top is a red and white striped candle. The idea of the cake is that you work your way up through the cake, like going in a time machine.


THE RUNNERS-UP

Eloise Howland

I have titled my dream cake ‘A Peace of Cake’ because it is designed to make peace among those who produce it and consume it. To do this, it contains fair trade, sustainable ingredients from a variety of countries and cultures including bananas from Africa, chocolate raisins popular in Germany, and cinnamon which is grown in Sri Lanka. It is also vegan, gluten free, soya free and nut free, so it can be enjoyed by a large number of people. It contains many different elements, so here is what each part tastes like:

The River to Heaven
A gorgeously gooey chocolate ganache which begins its journey in the comfort of the chocolate cave of care, than falls over the first three layers of mocha sponge, banana sponge and cranberry and cinnamon sponge. The mocha sponge tastes of devilishly dark chocolate with a sweetly satisfying swig of coffee, hints of floral, and notes of hope and compassion. The banana sponge is freedom in cake form; it tastes of fresh, ripe, organic bananas, which lie in a beautiful bed of perfectly plain sponge and will fill your mouth with sweetness, fruitiness and sunshine! Last, but not least is the cranberry and cinnamon layer which tastes like the joy of Christmas! Zingy bursts of cranberry tickle your tastebuds, and the soothing smell of spice makes you feel as though you are tucked under a patchwork quilt made by Granny. Sandwiched between each layer is a vanilla buttercream which tastes like ice cream at the seaside, and is interspersed with crunchy pieces of flavourful banana chips. The chocolate ganache continues to fall over another three layers of sponges until it reaches a pool at the base of the cake. It is surrounded by jewels of more cranberries and chocolate raisins which taste like a French market of fruit.

The Chocolate Cave of Care
This pure piece of moulded milk chocolate tastes of pollution-free air and happy animals. It will calm your nerves and fill your nose with an irresistible chocolate smell everyone will love.

The Healing Halo of Hope
A nest of intricately fine fingers of spun sugar which will make you feel as though you have already reached heaven. It tastes better than the best dessert you have ever eaten, with hints of salted caramel and notes of loving popcorn.

The Meaningful Meditation Garden
This consists of a chocolate flake bench which tastes of kind thoughts and calmness, a row of banana chip stepping stones which taste of swaying spring daisies and love, and a few sugar paste flowers sitting quietly at the base of the cave. These taste of free will and superpowers.

The Love and Peace Falls of Fairness
The main part of this drip effect icing, which glides over a rich chocolate buttercream, is pink (which represents love). This tastes of whatever the consumer brings to mind (providing it is something nice). The drips, which fade into a sensational sapphire blue (which represents peace) taste of endless rainbows and unicorn kisses!


Isabelle Nash


Nell McLachlan


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