I think i’m right in saying that most of us here at The Fabulous Times love cake, right? when an invitation to attend the Cake Awards at The Park Lane Hotel dropped through the door, we knew it was our duty to share with you all the gossip from the event and maybe, just possibly eat a ton of cake in the process, how could we resist? The Cake Awards is a celebration of the very best of British cakes. Theresa headed down to The Park Lane Hotel to indulge in an afternoon of tea, cake and laughs in the most decadent surroundings. Let’s see what Theresa had to say about the day, shall we?:I think it’s safe to say that all the guests at yesterdays Cake Awards spent an amazing afternoon enjoying an array of treats set in the finest surroundings. The large ornate hall within London’s Park Lane Hotel was lit with ambient lighting, the stage was set and ready for those all important announcements. We were met at the door with a glass of bubbly and shown to our seats. It felt a little like the Oscars, but with the added bonus of tiered cake stands being brought to our table packed with a serious array of imaginative and delicious cakes. I was seated next to fellow cake obsessives and lovely ladies Suzy of Infinity brands and Julie of Cake Craft Magazine.
The Cake Awards: The Cake Awards is the brainchild of Food Industry Expert Jane Milton, who teamed up with Caroline Jackson Levy of UBM to organise the very first Award ceremony solely devoted to cake. Entrants ranged from supermarket chains, independent bakeries to the finest hotels and cake shops. A huge variety of different types of cake were entered and judged, from the novelty cake entries to the best supermarket cake. All cakes were judged by a panel of food industry experts. Amidst our cake fuelled food delirium we watched as award winning Pâtissier and Chocolatier Will Torrent (who started out working for working with Heston Blumenthal at the tender age of 16!) announced the lucky winners.The Winners: Will Torrent, judge and host of The Cake Awards said; “It’s fantastic to see the winners of The Cake Awards come from a range of sources including supermarkets to small tea rooms and bakeries. These awards showcase the outstanding work the cake industry is doing and now UK consumers know where the best cakes are coming from. Congratulations to all the winners.” We applauded as each winner was announced and sat with baited breath as the ‘Cake of the year’ winner was revealed. Here’s a list of the official winners:
Bake at Home Cake – The Half-Baked Cake Company, Lemon & Lime Drizzle Cake
Bakery Shop Cake – The Bakery Dunbar, Dome Chocolat et au Praline Feuillete
Celebration/Novelty Cake – Fleur de Sel, House Dark Chocolate Cake
Freefrom Cake – Aulds Delicious Desserts, Gluten-free Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake
Supermarket Cake – Morrisons Heavenly Red Velvet Cake by Claire Clark
Tea Room Cake – Yauatcha, Chocolate and Raspberry Rose and The Garden Café’s Apricot and Coconut Cake
Cake of the Year – The Bakery Dunbar, Dome Chocolat et au Praline Feuillete
The Cake of the Year award was presented to The Bakery Dunbar, for their Dome Chocolat et au Praline Feuillete. Decided by the judging panel, this category was taken from the leader in each category with judges voting on their ultimate favourite. Deemed to be the overall winner, this award was given to the cake that is truly exceptional. Yesterday was the first ever Cake Awards event and I imagine, it won’t be the last! we now know where to get Britain’s best cake and which supermarket to head to for the best cake on the high-street.
Special thank you to the amazing; Rachel Branigan, Jen Knight and Caroline Jackson Levy for organising such a wonderful event!