Large and small businesses recently had a great chance to stand out from the crowd at The Cake Awards which celebrated the best in British cakes. Independent bakers, pastry chefs and big companies alike all competed on July 17th at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel in the famous ballroom used during one scene of the movie Titanic.
The judging panel was comprised of 14 experts, each of whom tasted 20 cakes from several different categories. Along with popular brands such as Jaffa Cakes, Tesco’s ‘Free From’ range and cakes from the supermarket Morrisons, there were smaller companies taking part such as Mimi’s Cake Shop and The Bakery Dunbar. Competitors were really nervous but excited at the same time to find out what the results would be.
At the reception, the competitors talked to each other and got useful new contacts for their future careers. They also tasted two different champagnes followed by the afternoon tea. The menu consisted of variations of sandwiches, such as coronation smoked chicken, smoked roasted salmon or roasted beef with wasabi mayonnaise. All tastes worked perfectly together and the freshness of ingredients was apparent to all. After sandwiches, guests were able to choose from raspberry cheesecake, carrot cake, vanilla crème brûlée, fruit tartlet or a chocolate, rum and caramel slice. All the cakes were delicious and their presentation was so luxurious that it was as much a feast for the eyes as the mouth.
Afternoon tea without a real English breakfast blend is nothing, and so guests were able to choose from different variations. They were also served plain, apple or raisin scones, along with home-made apricot and raspberry jams, or orange and passion fruit curd.
The atmosphere of The Cake Awards was really positive, mixed with plenty of excitement from the competitors. The candidates from Mimi’s Cake Shop were all single mums who started to work on a business together, and they were really proud of their egg-less cake. The creation came about because some people in Asia cannot eat eggs due to religious reasons, meaning that they had a story behind their creation as well as a delicious piece of food. Even though the team didn’t win an award this time round, they are committed to working hard on their cakes and will try to do everything to come again next year.
All the winners of The Cake Awards (listed below) were really proud of their work and almost every victor was described as being a cake with a balance, at a reasonable price
and with a delicious texture. The winner of the Cake of the Year was Dome Chocolat et au Praline Feuillete from The Bakery Dunbar which the judges described as being an “exceptional cake with great ingredients, great presentation and value, and the overall quality was just perfect.” This cake also won in the category of Bakery Shop Cake of the Year.
The judges had some really hard decisions to make and said that all the cakes were “awesome”. Tea Room Cake of The Year was the only one category where they decided to announce two winners. Chocolate and Raspberry cake was the first one described as a“wonderful with a natural flavour and reasonable price” while the second was the apricot and coconut cake with “a classic filling and light texture.”
The Positive wishes good luck to all candidates in their future careers and congratulations to all winners.
The winners in full:
Bake at Home Cake: The Half-Baked Cake Company Limited, Lemon & Lime Drizzle Cake
Bakery Shop Cake: The Bakery Dunbar, Dome Chocolat et au Praline Feuillete
Celebration and Novelty Cake: Fleur de Sel, House Dark Chocolate Cake
Free From Cake: Aulds Delicious Desserts Gluten-free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake
Supermarket Cake: Morrisons PLC HEAVENLY RED VELVET CAKE by Claire Clark
Tea Room Cake: Yauatcha Chocolate and Raspberry Rose and The Garden Café Apricot and Coconut Cake
Cake of the Year: The Bakery Dunbar, Dome Chocolat et au Praline Feuillete