Dragons & Daffodils  Cakes

by Rhianydd Webb

Established July 1999

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Gold Medal Wedding Cake at

Cake International November 2014

What an exciting time!

I have never attended a whole weekend at Cake International and certainly never entered a competition there, so it was both an exciting and terrifying experience at the same time.

I was absolutely thrilled to achieve a Gold Medal in the Wedding Cake Category at the biggest cake show in the world.

I had a trememndous time at the show meeting up with sugarcraft friends old and new and took loads of photos.  Visit My Facebook page to see photographs of the incredible exhibits and competition entries I saw.

About the Cake

I have always loved woodland themes, and when FPC Sugarcraft were going to release a new bark mould, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to design a cake around it.

 

The finished cake took 117 hours to make and included the following:

 

* Hand modelled characters - Squirrel, snail and mouse

* Pastillage and royal icing run out bench

* Hand cut silhouettes

* Brush embroidered and hand painted second tier

* Miniature bonsai Japanese Maple with sugar leaves

* Unbreakable Gel spiders web

* Lifelike sugar brambles, fern, oak and maple leaves and twigs

* Three varieties of modelled fungi

* Novelty base tier airbrushed and dusted to achieve the colouration

* Novelty cake separator holding sugar acorns and hazel nuts

 

I really hope you like it.

For more images, visit the Facebook page and you will be inundated! lol

Welsh National

Wedding Awards 2014

 

Best Wedding Cakes for South and Central Wales

Awards

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I am thrilled to have won Best Cakes for Region 2 South Wales and Central at the Welsh National Wedding Awards after being a finalist for the third year running.

 

We went along to the wonderful Alice in Wonderland Themed Awards evening at the Stunning Brangwyn Hall, Swansea along with all the talented individuals in the wedding world in Wales.

 

 

The Awards also raised money for Ty Gobaith in North Wales as their charity.

 

Congratulations to all those that were shortlisted or won awards on the night.   Thrilled to be one of you.

 

Thank you to whoever nominated me and to all those that voted for me.  I really appreciate it.

WNWA 2014 rhi for web

Double awards at Salon Culinaire

I entered the prestigeous Salon Culinaire competition at The Hospitality Show at the Birmingham NEC on Monday the 19th to Wednesday the 21st January 2015 and was absolutely thrilled to win gold for my wedding cake, and Silver and First in Class for my pastillage piece.

 

I had always wanted to make a miniature decorative exhibit, so it was a real delight to make my Harry Potter-styled piece.  It was very terrifying taking my work there to be judged, but I received wonderful and helpful feedback which will be invaluable in my quest for progression.

 

I was always unhappy with the silhouette on the top of the woodland, so I re-worked it and took it back up for more feedback.

Gold & 1st place at Cake International London

I am thrilled to share that I received gold and 1st place for my small decorative exhibit entry at Cake International in March 2015

 

Allister Sassafeas is a leprechaun illustrated in Arther Spiderwicks Field guide from The Spiderwick Chronicles.  I have always loved the beautiful illustrations in the book, and this was the perfect time to try my hand at making the character.

 

He was made from sugarpaste, a little pastillage, and chocolate paste.  He is 9 1/2" tall.

The cotton is edible too.  I hope you like him.

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NIACE Tutor Award

I was absolutely thrilled in 2008 to be awarded a NIACE award for my teaching for Rhondda Cynon Taff.

 

I taught several sugarcraft classes in the area so I felt it was as much testament to how wonderful my students were to how pleased they were with my work.

 

Sadly, Rhondda Cynon Taff recently lost funding for Arts & Crafts so there are no longer any certified courses.

 

We still continue with the courses, but they are now privately run around Rhondda Cynon Taff.

tutor award

Wedding Industry Expert Awards

winner wedding expert awards 2013

Thank you so much to all my customers and their guests that voted for me at the Wedding Industry Awards.

 

I was amazed to be voted best in Wales, Best in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Best in Pontypridd and 9th in the UK for Wedding Cakes.

 

Very proud of my certificate.

Baking Industry Awards

In 2007 I had the most glitzy evening I could imagine.  A Bond themed evening hosted by Joanna Lumley for 700 people at the Baking Industry Awards.

 

I was a Runner-up to the amazing Terry Tang for the category of Celebration Cake maker.

 

It was a long process.  You had to submit a booklet about yourself and your work, then the next round was to produce a cake which had to be as colourful on the inside as the outside.

 

Judges from Renshaws then came to my shop in Tonyrefail to have a look around and take away the cake which would then travel a couple of times to various judges.

 

I had a beautiful penthouse suite in the Milennium Hotel for the night of the awards and had a fab day in London with my staff.

 

On the night, we had a champagne reception, then walked the red carpet at the Grosvenor House Hotel where the three finalists cakes were on display on the red carpet entry to the fabulous awards.

 

I even got to meet Paul Rankin who was sat on the next table

 

What a wonderful experience.

I have been very lucky in my chosen Cake making Career.

I was largely book-taught from the wonderful Sugarcraft books which are my treasured possessions.  I attended countless British Sugarcraft Guild meetings and exhibitions, watching the wonderful demonstrations and constantly making notes at each, then I was blessed to attend a few day courses with Alan Dunn;  two years of courses with the talented Janet Side; a chocolate day course with John Costello and more recently, a course with Carlos Lischetti.  My books are still my sugarcraft bibles, and I really do attribute my sugarcraft knowledge to the wonderful authors that have put so much into them.  However, as I didn't have a conventional Baking/patisserie background, In 2014 I decided to put my sugarcraft to the test and entered my woodland wedding cake into Cake International Birmingham and won my first gold medal.  

Below are some of my proudest moments winning awards and more recently, competing in competitions.  I hope you enjoy looking at them.

 

Rhianydd

BSG Competition

 

Trowbridge 2000

BSG Competition 2001

With a name like Dragons and Daffodils, I had to try making a more complicated dragon.   It was a year after I started the business and I had never entered a competition.

 

I was amazed when this old fella earned my a silver medal.

 

He was inspired by a character from "Flight of Dragons" by Peter Dickinson.

 

The board was 14" and he was made with pastillage (no internal supports) and modelling paste.

 

I used the coronet porcelain miniature violet petal cutter to individual cut his scales from seven different shades of red and brown flowerpaste.  Quite a learning curve.

Sadly, for this competition, the wedding season was upon me, and I ran out of time to enter.

 

I rang them and they said bring along any wedding display cake I had, so I took along Brambles.

 

To my surprise,  it came in a Bronze, which I was delighted with, espeically as I had just grabbed it out of the cake room to take along. (Nothing worse than competitors not turning up at competitions, empty tables are awful, so I didn't want to let them down)

 

Brambles were one of the first flowers I made in sugar, and I will always adore them.

 

The vase was my lovely Nans.

rhi and eddie Rhi outside shop and dragon walking with dragons cropped

It was also the first time I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Eddie Spence MBE as he was presenting the awards.

The Sprites Shelter P1030986

Gold & Bronze at Cake International Birmingham

I am very thrilled to share that I won Gold for my Red Campion plant and Bronze for my Sprites Shelter.

 

It was my first time entering a flower at a show and this had to show three to five stages of development.  I photographed a plant from April through to November in order to make the plant.

 

There are three tiny sprites on the Sprites Shelter, see if you can find them.

Gold & 2nd Place at Spring Cake Int.l Birmingham

Ever since I saw the new Star Wars film and saw the wonderful character Maz Tanaka, I knew I had to make her.

 

I am excited to share that I received gold and 2nd place for her in the small decorative exhibit category.  

 

1st place went to the incredible piece by Victoria Tayler who also won best in show.

 

It was a wonderful weekend and I look forward to the next show in April.

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Gold & 3rd Place at Cake International Alexandra Palace

Mr Chanterelle close up white background

I would like to introduce you to my interpretation of Mr Chanterelle from the film Maleficent.

 

He is partly inspired by the concept art, partly by the film character, then I altered him a little too.

 

He is 2 feet tall and I am proud to say that I won Gold and 3rd place for him at Cake International Alexandra Palace April 2016

 

I hope you like him.

 

Visit my facebook business page for more pictures of him.