Art is icing on the cake
FROM Mullumbimby to Maclean cake decorators of all ages gather every second Saturday of the month to gain skills in a highly painstaking and intricate art.
Learning how to cover cake boards, make roses, use colour and create detailed designs from icing are just some of the skills these ladies share in the Far North Coast branch of the Australian National Cake Decorators’ Association.
“I have been doing cake decorating for 46 years,” branch publicity officer Lorraine Eardman said. “And I am still learning.”
With national competitions every second year, it is no wonder that cake decorators are always wanting to brush up on their skills.
“We just had the big national competition in Sydney last year where Kath Swansborough won the title National Champion of Cake Decorators,” Ms Eardman confirmed. “And there will be a State seminar in Tamworth in May.”
Ms Eardman said the type of people interested in cake decorating were often those who loved cooking cakes and wanted to take the decoration just that bit further.
“When I started, it was while I was single,” she said. “I liked cooking and I wanted to make my own wedding cake.
“I did a course and I have been learning ever since.”
Ms Eardman has seen many changes in cake decorating, especially in wedding cakes.
“We used to make all our own icing,” she said. “Now it can be bought in seven kilogram boxes.
“I am very traditional when it comes to decorating cakes.
“I’m not too sure about some of the modern designs.”
Ms Eardman described one of the most unusual wedding cakes she had seen only recently at her niece’s wedding.
“It had two tiers with the bride and groom in bed together on the top of the cake,” she laughed. “Then the bride’s dress and groom’s outfit was strewn over the lower tier.”