Cake and sugar artistry on show

Toowoomba pair to create sweet display

YOU would be forgiven for taking a whiff of the flowers around Pam Orton's house, only thing is, they are not real.

Ms Orton is an award-winning sugar floral artist who can create any botanically correct flower from sugar, and has been doing so for about 40 years.

One of her life-like floral creations is set to be the centrepiece for a display at the Australian Cake Artist and Decorators Association International Cake Show in Brisbane in May.

The display, featuring the nine top Australian couture wedding cake designers, was the brainchild of fellow Toowoomba woman, cake maker Mary Reid from Merivale Cakes.

Both women agree it is a huge honour to be involved in a show of this calibre, which is set to attract about 10,000 visitors in May.

Mary Reid (left) and Pam Orton are excited about their contribution to the upcoming Australian Cake Artist and Decorators Association International Cake Show to be held in Brisbane, Monday, March 26, 2018.
Mary Reid (left) and Pam Orton are excited about their contribution to the upcoming Australian Cake Artist and Decorators Association International Cake Show to be held in Brisbane, Monday, March 26, 2018. Kevin Farmer

Ms Reid's task was to create a "wow" factor for the show. She wanted to showcase Australian commercial talent, in particular couture wedding cake designers.

She has been taking her students overseas to international competitions for many years and had been playing with a concept to bring back to Australia.

"It will be assembled in a fairytale environment that creates a wedding feel with nine haute couture designers from around Australia," Ms Reid said.

"Those nine will create a haute couture design to anything they want, but it was to be about something royal because it is the same weekend as the royal wedding."

Ms Reid said it was an honour for Merivale Cakes to be invited to participate and something she could not have done without enlisting the talent of Ms Orton.

"It is quite exciting and I feel it is an honour to be invited to showcase my work," Ms Orton said.

Ms Orton said her sugar art was just a hobby, alongside being a semi-retired primary school teacher. She is also the current Australian Cake Decorators Association's national champion.

During the show visitors can vote for their favourite cake in the display, with the winner to be announced during the Cake Oscars on May 19.

The International Cake Show will be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds from May 18 to 20. For more go to acada.com.au/icsa-2018- cake-show.html.


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