Opening of Oakfurnitureland on the Salmon Retail Park, Holmer Road, Hereford. 23-01-2016. from left: Marc Metcalfe, Manager Anthony Neary, Jamie Williams, Vince Norris, Mayor of Hereford Councillor Charles Nicholls, Alexander Price, Gavin Pettigrew (Herefordshire Burns Club).
CakeBomb was delighted to celebrate with cake the three new store locations for Oak Furniture Land in the days leading up to Burns Night this January. Oak Furniture Land commissioned three of our artists to create Burns themed cakes for their new store openings in Hereford, Paisley and Stirling.
Veteran CakeBomber Annabel de Vetten-Petersen took on the Hereford store opening with a life-sized boxed set of bagpipes. The cake was later donated to the Hereford Burns Club for their annual Burn’s Night Supper and then auctioned to raise money for the Alzheimer Society.
For the Paisley store opening CakeBomb was pleased to introduce local cake artist Natalie Hume from ‘Tilly Makes Cakes’. Natalie made a huge Haggis cake to celebrate the occasion. The cake was later donated by Oak Furniture Land to local charity Home Start and accepted on their behalf by Councillor Hall, who also attended the store opening.
The last of the Burn’s Night cakes was made for the Stirling store opening by another newcomer to the CakeBomb team, Suzanne Esper. Suzanne sculpted a pile of Burn’s poetry books from cake, and a sugar ink well, quill, red rose and the Burn’s poem, ‘My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose’ painted onto aged edible paper.
CakeBomb’s latest commission, from Oak Furniture Land, was to create a tiger cake they could donate to Dudley Zoological Gardens. Our woman in Birmingham, Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer’s Kitchen, was the obvious choice to make it. She meticulously made sure it was to scale and realistically textured – and it’s not just any tiger, this cake LOOKS like its inspiration, Daseep the Sumatran tigress, the star attraction of the zoo.
The blog title – reminiscent of that Peter Greenaway film – is shamelessly stolen from a caption on Annabel’s Facebook page. She’s clever that girl. Looks like she had a fab time at the zoo. It’s not every cake delivery that includes meeting a fully grown Sumatran tigress.
Annabel said of Daseep: “She’s so friendly! She’s hand-reared, so really used to humans. I really wanted to touch her. Her being so friendly is so deceptive. I had to keep reminding myself that she could literally kill me.”
It is always a slightly happy-sad moment when a cake that gorgeous has to be cut – but what a shame it would be to miss out on eating delicious sponge and ganache. Looks like the public enjoyed it too!
The zoo’s Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “It was a 3-D true likeness of Daseep, and it was a shame to slice it up, but we had lots of hungry visitors and it was certainly much appreciated by everyone yesterday afternoon. We’d like to say a very big thank you to Oak Furniture Land for their generosity; it was a most kind gesture.”
This week? Annabel Lecter is back to making “weird cakes” she says. A relief no doubt, but we certainly enjoyed her very successful foray into ferociously fluffy.
Did you have tea with the tiger today at Dudley Zoo?
Cake artist and CakeBomber Annabel de Vetten-Peterson made this beautiful, incredibly realistic, tiger cake for Dudley Zoo this week. It was being cut at 3:15 pm today for their event Easter Tea Time with the Tigers, at theTecton tiger enclosure. Were you one of the visitors lucky enough to get a slice? The cake is based on the beautiful Daseep, a stunning Sumatran tiger who is, unsurprisingly, the star attraction of the zoo. Oak Furniture Land commissioned CakeBomb to make a cake of the gorgeous Daseep to donate to the Zoo. Annabel, of Conjurer’s Kitchen, was thrilled to meet the real Daseep when she delivered the cake. We think you’ll agree that Annabel has created a beautiful piece of edible art for the Zoo. I wonder what Daseep the tiger would make make of it? Short work I imagine!