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Shelly Shulman was announced as the winner of this year’s professional ‘Ideal Home Cake Decorator of the Year’, sponsored by Kenwood on Wednesday 21st March.

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One of WeddingLink’s exhibitors, Shelly Shulman, has been announced as the winner of this year’s professional ‘Ideal Home Cake Decorator of the Year’, sponsored by Kenwood.

Shelly, from Bedfordshire spent 50 hours sculpting the three tiered winning masterpiece: “I was incredibly chuffed to be invited to take part in the competition. So to win is actually unbelievable. I am still pinching myself.

“It took 50 hours to make with the little bits and pieces that needed to be made. 20Kilos of icing and 5kilos of icing sugar and a lot of sweat and tears.”

The cake is the centre piece in the Ideal Home Show’s display of 10 professional and 13 amateur cakes from a nationwide search for the UK’s ‘Ideal Home Cake Decorator of the Year’, sponsored by Kenwood, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Mary Berry, Great British Bake off judge joined Sarah Randall, Food Director of Sainsbury’s Magazine and organisers of the ideal Home Show to judge and award the winners with the much coveted accolade for 2012.

Mary Commented: “The whole of Britain is getting baking and realising what pleasure it gives them and to everyone that’s going to eat it. Interestingly most of them took around 50 hours to make. That’s a lot of time but they’ve enjoyed it.”

“I was very impressed. Just think of the complication of getting everything here. The effort and love that has gone into them is fabulous.”

“We were looking out all the way through, to see their skills. The cake that came first was the one with several tiers. You look at it an immediately think of the jubilee. She had very good piping and marvellous moulding, and the little soldiers at the bottom so simply cut out. And it’s a very practical cake to serve. You could do it layer by layer.”

“It would be perfect as the centre piece for any jubilee party.” Mary Added.

The competition, now in its second year, followed on from last year’s Royal wedding theme which saw one winning cake fantastically shaped into the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

This year’s competition also invited all amateur cake decorators to enter the amateur cake decorator category, to show their skills and enter their own Diamond Jubilee masterpieces for a chance to win the amateur cake decorator of the year prize. This year’s winner was Charlotte Cook, from Romford, Essex.

Miss Cook, aged 16, spent a week and a half sculpting her street party themed, Jubilee celebration cake, into a winning work of food art. The intricately decorated street scene complete with a party table covered in an afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes, with delicately hand painted union jack bunting which lined it’s six street lamps caught the eye of the judges for its detail and design.

On winning the competition a teary Charlotte Cook commented: “The whole cake took a week and a half as I had to leave little bits to dry. Everything is edible apart from the string holding the bunting.

“I am overwhelmed that I’ve won. I just can’t believe it. I only decided to enter two weeks ago” she added.”

Mary Commented: “The street party had the wow factor for me. Every detail was right. It would be a wonderful centrepiece at any jubilee party.

Entrants to the competition brought down their home decorated cake, to the show on Wednesday 21st March and the cakes were displayed in the Ideal Food section of the show before the prize was awarded at a prize-giving ceremony hosted in the Celebrity Chef Theatre sponsored by Siemens Home Appliances with special guests from the culinary and cake world.

The winning cakes will be featured as the centre piece in the Ideal Home Show’s ‘Ideal Home Cake Decorator of the Year’ sponsored by Kenwood. All twenty three entries will be displayed for the duration of the show until the 1st April 2012, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The winners of the competition received a Kenwood kMix and all the winning entries will feature in the July issue of Sainsbury’s magazine and will receive a subscription to Sainsbury’s Magazine.

Anyone that brought a home-decorated cake in theme with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Wednesday 21st March also received free entry on the door and gained automatic entry to the competition by taking their cakes to the judging area in the Ideal Food Section.

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