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Published November 10th 2012
If it looks like a flower and acts like one it could be cake
[ADVERT]My experience with cakes and baking is mostly eating them. So when I see someone actually craft one that looks like a fairytale castle, I'm intrigued, to say the least. And when it tastes as good as it looks, I feel the urge to know more about this witchery.
My Cake Delights, located in Preston, is where this magic happens as a matter of routine. The flamboyant owner, baker, sugar artist, and captain of this delightful ship, John, was happy to let me have the run of his place for the sake of this review. The pleasure was all mine, of course.
John does not just bake cakes; he crafts them using the purest of ingredients and traditional recipes flavoured by his innovative instincts to design the cake to suit your needs. You can rest assured that your cake is in the hands of multi-award winners with over twenty years of experience in the field.
The taste and flavour of the cake is enhanced by the sugar art that goes into decorating it in elegant floral art. Delicate shades of pink and mauve appear on the sugar petals with just a hint of blush towards the centre. The twist and twirl of the individual petals involves such micro-sculpting that would have made Michelangelo proud. I have no clue how he does it, but the proof is right there before your eyes.
The floral artwork that is crafted from sugar and, I'm guessing, pixie dust, has to be seen to be believed. That sugar could be so delicately moulded is indeed an amazing feat.The stamen extension of the sugar flowers is so life-like and intricate yet delicate that I'm pretty sure there's wizardry involved. How anyone can bring themselves to stick a cake cutter into them or actually sink their teeth into these works of art is beyond me.
In addition to baking magnificent cakes, John also runs cake decorating classes. There are regular classes at his Preston shop where he shares his talents with wannabe cake makers. He also holds workshops where experts such as Shayne Greenman show you how to craft those exquisite sugar flowers. If you'd like to learn more about the classes you can do so here at My Cake Delights.
It can't be that hard to bake a cake if you put some effort into it and decide to get your attention span out of flight mode. But the sugar art is definitely rocket science. John's classes serve to take the mystery out of it and make the art accessible to even the less artistically inclined. Classes are available even for kids as young as 6 years old and go from Beginners to Advanced and Competition level. So if there's a baking festival or competition that you want to rule over, you might be able to pick up a few tricks here.
Cake-decorating Equipments John also stocks a wide range of decorating equipment and supplies for the cake baking and decorating. From cake tins to flower moulds and Japanese wires, he's got them all including powder, paste, and liquid colours for the sugar icing. Non-sugar decorations such as candles and ribbons are also available at this shop. John is happy for you to come have a look at his showroom on High St. Preston.