Ballderdash and Bunting, the local cake-making and decorating business run by Becky Alder from her home in Wellington, received well-deserved national recognition last weekend when she was awarded a Bronze in the Sculpted Novelty Cake Class at The Cake International at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Her success was even more remarkable as this was her very first competition.
Her prize cake was an imaginative (and very realistic) recreation of a Christmas pudding mix, complete with bowl, broken eggs and general cooking mess. Explaining her design she said, “It’s so hard to come up with something that hasn’t been done a million times before, but a few weeks ago, I suddenly had an idea that I couldn’t find any examples of on Google. The week before the competition, I baked, carved and decorated around work, poorly children and cake orders.”
Overcoming a 4am start and logjam on the motorway that caused serious delay, Becky managed to set up her cake at the last minute only to see one element – the spoon – break under the heat of the lights. Becky said, “Considering the broken spoon and the less-than-perfect, hurried finish, I was amazed to discover on my way back to the NEC the next day that I had been awarded a bronze! I’m already planning my design for next year!”