Turning cakes into works of art on TV

‘Extreme Cake Makers’ is a new TV series in which bakers produce extraordinary cake creations.

The programme started on Monday (May 1) and comprises 15 30-minute episodes airing each week day at 5.30pm on Channel 4.

The broadcaster said: ‘Welcome to the world of extreme cake making, where sugar craft specialists up and down the country dream up ever more elaborate ways to satisfy our sweet tooth. No commission is too big…

‘This series lifts the lid on the successes and failures of an elite group who go all out to produce the world’s most delicious and breath-taking creations, turning cakes into works of art.’

Examples across the series include a four foot replica of the Statue of Liberty; a five-tier cake themed around Alice in Wonderland, complete with an edible Cheshire Cat and a pouring teapot; a six foot long miniature steam train made entirely out of cake; and a five foot edible Wizard of Oz mural.

Cake makers taking part in the show include Nastassja from the Indulgent Sugar Plum, Molly from Molly’s Creative Cakes, Phil and Christine from Peboryon, Eloise from The Gourmet Cupcake Company and Suzanne from The Frostery.

Molly said her favourite commission was for a life size Shetland pony cake (pictured). She said: “It was a frame inside – wood, which I built. I stacked loads and loads and loads of cakes, supported from the inside out. Then I sculpted the neck and head with rice crispies, spouted the legs with modelling chocolate and covered everything in sugar paste. I textured it to look like fur and airbrushed it. Then tried to move it – and it was so heavy: it weighed about 11 stone by the end of it!”

In episode six, which airs on Monday (May 8) at 5.30pm on Channel 4, Molly makes a celebration cake for a flamboyant customer to help him celebrate 35 years as a drag artist, complete with 50 edible peacock feathers and 3,000 gold flowers.

 

Molly Robbins from Molly’s Creative Cakes at Crawshaw Booth in Lancashire with her favourite commission: a life size Shetland pony cake

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