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

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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.

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Wales Millennium Centre

10th Anniversary

Did you see the cake celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Wales Millennium Centre on the news at the end of November 2014?

 

I was delighted to be commissioned by Future Inns Cardiff to create the cake as their gift to the Millennium Centre.  

 

The cake was on display for the day at the Millenium Centre for all to see and was on both the ITV and BBC Wales News.

 

Very Exciting and thrilled to be asked to make such an iconic building.

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.

 

Just waiting for the photographs from collecting my awards at the show.

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Gold & 1st place at Cake International London

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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 a character from an illustration alone, as he never appeared in the film.

 

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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ShugaRush 2015

I am thrilled to tell you that I will be joining the ShugaRush team for Cake International Birmingham 2015

 

ShugaRush is a collaboration of gold award winning cake artists creating installations for Cake International

 

Visit the Facebook page for updates and to see who the fantastically talented Sugarcrafters are in the group.

 

Click here to visit the Facebook page.

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New Course Venue

From Summer 2015 I will be teaching courses at the fabulous shop, The Vanilla Valley in Nantgarw,Cardiff.

 

The first of these classes is now on the bookings page, the popular woodland tree trunk course with modelled mouse.  Based on my Gold medal winning woodland wedding cake.

 

I am very excited about this new venue, and really look forward to it.

 

Visit the Bookings page for more information.

 

This course is available to be taught at other venues, please email for details.

 

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Bark Blog post for

Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School Blog

 

I was thrilled to be asked to write a blog post on how to create bark effects on cakes.

 

It has step by step photographs on texturing the sugarpaste and airbrushing to the finished colours.

 

Click this link to see the blog post

 

Click this link to purchase the wonderful Bark mat from FPC Sugarcraft and click here for the mould for the fairy door also from FPC Sugarcraft

 

Do you follow Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School on Facebook?  It is a fantastic community

 

Join their website for fantastic tutorials

It's Christmas Tutorial

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Out now in the Winter 2015-2016 issue of Squires Kitchen Cakes and Sugarcraft Magazine.

 

My Its Christmas Tutorial to make a three tier christmas cake with hand painted cut out buildings and modelled additional features.

 

Available from WHSmith, Barnes and Noble, selected supermarkets and direct from squires Kitchen

 

https://www.squires-shop.com/catalogue/cakes-and-sugarcraft-magazine

Magazine Tutorials

Make sure you keep an eye on Cake magazines so that you don't miss my tutorials.

 

Competitions and medals

If you would like to see what awards I have won, visit the awards page.

 

It has been a wonderful competition season and I am now settling in to make wedding cakes non-stop until November, but make sure you head over to the awards page to see pics.

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I am honoured to share that I was invited to judge alongside the incredible talented Rhu Strand, Daniel Dieguez, Ceri Griffiths and Palo Barker (sponsor) for :

 

The Great British Cake Decorator 2016

in association with Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine

 

 

Right is the wonderful introduction I was given on the website to introduce me as a judge.

 

I am really looking forward to seeing all your wonderful work, and I hope you will enter, even if you haven't entered a competition before.

 

Read the rules and all the information about the competition on the link below.

 

https://www.hobbies-and-crafts.co.uk/cake-craft/cake-craft-competitions

Rosie's Crafty Kitchen

on the Craft Channel.tv

Have you caught Rosie's Crafty Kitchen on The Craft Channel yet?

 

I am so excited to be a regular guest presenter.

 

Keep an eye on the programme listings for upcoming shows.  I will post on my facebook when I am on next.

 

Rosie's Crafty Kitchen is on every Thursday 1pm and 5pm and will feature different guest presenters and products.

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Cake International NEC

It has been a very exciting year, and what a wonderful way to finish the run of cake shows off by being honoured to have my own feature at the show. I am pleased to present The Faraway Tree at Cake International

 

There is a magical place called the Enchanted Wood where the trees have leaves darker than usual and sing wisha-wisha-wisha. Deep in the very middle stands The Faraway Tree. This giant and wondrous tree bears an ever-changing array of different fruits from acorns to plums all at the same time.

 

Unusual and delightful characters have carved their homes into the tree. Come visit Moonface in his house, and meet his friends the Old Saucepan Man, the angry pixie and Silky’s clock. If you pay him with toffee he’ll lend you a cushion to slide round and round, down the centre of the tree on the Slippery-slip.

 

This feature was inspired by the captivating books from The Faraway Tree Series by much-loved and prolific English author of children’s books, Enid Blyton 1897-1968.

 

'The Magic Faraway Tree' series by Enid Blyton, published by Hodder Children's Books, an imprint of the Hachette Children's Group. Illustrations by Dorothy Wheeler.

 

Visit my facebook page to see more photographs of the display as they are added, and all the wonderful people that came to visit.

 

Dragons and Daffodils Cakes Facebook page

The Faraway

Tree Feature

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