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Our very own cake artist, Shane Bennett, was astonished to receive a career-first bronze award at the world’s biggest cake decorating show, Cake International, held at the Birmingham NEC on 18th March.
24 year old Shane, who works at our shop in Sutton’s Idlewells Shopping Centre, took the award in the category ‘Large Decorative Exhibit’ which is the most complex category within the event.
Shane’s 2ft high Kermit and Fozzie Muppet cake, entitled ‘good grief, the comedian’s a bear’ after a popular sketch on the programme, took an incredible 60 hours to make over a 2 week period.
‘’I am delighted and amazed to have won the Bronze award,” commented Shane. “This is the first time I have entered Cake International, and so early in my career with cakes! It's a dream come true for me.”
Gilly Swift, owner of Cake Fusion, had spotted Shane's potential when he was an enthusiastic regular customer. ‘’We are extremely proud of Shane and how far he has come having started as an apprentice with us a little over two years ago. To have entered this prestigious competition for the first time and walk out with a Bronze award shows the talent he has and shows his enormous promise for the future.’’
Shane’s incredible creation is currently on display in our shop, and attracting plenty of interest from passers by and cake fans alike. “It’s great to have my cake getting so much attention,” continued Shane. “The only problem is in deciding what to make for the next competition in November - this one’s a lot to live up to!"
Due to popular demand, the Midland's favourite cake decorations shop, Cake Fusion, has opened for baking-business online.