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Thursday 3rd April 2014

Mother’s Day has been and gone, and given the cakes shared as part of our Make Mum a Cake Competition, we hope you all shared a slice of something special with the lovely ladies in your life.



Hundreds of you uploaded cakes to our Facebook and Twitter pages using the #bakingmemories hashtag, and seemingly spoilt your Mum’s with cakes themed around the things they most love in life. Flowers, chocolate, the odd spot of gardening and of course, more cake. 


Our panel of Renshaw experts judged the cakes submitted based on skill, creativity and finish, with our lucky winner due to receive a £100 Peggy Porschen voucher to spend in The Parlour AND a £100 Renshaw voucher to send at renshawbaking.com. The five runners will receive the new Peggy Porschen book, Cakes In Bloom, which features all the techniques you need to make beautiful sugar paste flowers. 


Here are the best entries… Enjoy!




Painted Flower Cake by Donna Charlton

Painted Flower Cake by Donna Charlton

Painted cakes are a big trend for 2014, and our winner Donna Charlton demonstrated a huge amount of skill in marking out and painting this intricate, floral inspired cake. Clean lines, immaculately painted with light and shade to give depth to the final creation, we adored this simply covered yet seriously impactful cake. Congratulations Donna!




Rose Cupcake Bouquet by Katherine Hester

Rose Cupcake Bouquet by Katherine Hester

The finish on these masterfully piped rose cupcakes is incredible – making great use of duo colour piping too – creating create the most life-like effect. With cut and veined fondant icing leaves to complete the picture, wrapped up in tissue paper and presented as a bouquet, we can’t think of a sweeter gift to receive for Mothering Sunday. Such a beautiful gesture, Katherine Hester!



Chocolate Box Cake by Jean Fulljames

Chocolate Box Cake by Jean Fulljames

A box of chocolates… What a treat! No more so when the box is actually a cake, covered in ready to roll icing and wrapped in lace, and filled with actual chocolates. Jean Fulljames’ concept is both brilliant in concept and execution, and most importantly, entirely edible!



Bird Cage Cake by Lisa Ogden

Bird Cage Cake by Lisa Ogden

Shaped cakes are always tricky to make and decorate, so the neat finish, complete with piped royal icing and adorable cutter flower detail is just too pretty to contemplate eating. Bird cake cages were a common theme this year, it seems, but we loved the simplicity and use of pastel colours, making for an elegant Mother’s Day cake.



Flower Themed Cupcakes by Sarah Harris

Flower Cupcakes by Sarah Harris

The level of attention paid to the details on each and every flower featured in this set of cupcakes quickly caught our eye. Vibrant colours, simple embossed motifs and picture perfect piping shows a great level of skill (and patience) and makes for striking theme. Loving your work, Emma Harris!


Afternoon Tea Themed Cakes by Rachel Cleary

Afternoon Tea Cake by Rachel Cleary Resized


Who can resist the temptation of cake on top of cake? We loved this simply covered cake, complete with tablecloth frill detail, depicting an afternoon tea scene, surely reminiscent of many people’s Mother’s Day across the country. From the adorable shaped sandwiches to elegant tea cup and painstakingly painted tea pot; Emma Cleary’s cake is a master class in simply done sugar craft.



To see all entries to the Make Mum a Cake Competition, check our photo album on Facebook, and many, many thanks to all the cake decorators and sugar crafters who took part!