TOADS may not be top of most people’s menu, but then most have probably never come across one quite like this.
Caroline Berwick, who runs Daisyblue Bakehouse in Stratford, entered her two foot creation – inspired by the impulsive character in The Wind in the Willows – at the Cake International show at the NEC in Birmingham where it won a silver medal.
She revealed mischievous Mr Toad was made up of 1kg of sugar, butter and flour, 18 eggs and two boxes of Rice Krispies.
His body and head are made from vanilla sponge and his legs from chocolate Rice Krispie cake. He is is filled and coated in 2.5kg of chocolate ganache and moulded with 3 kg of modelling chocolate.
The businesswoman – who has been running the company from her home for six years – spent ten days creating her entry.
She added: “I love making characters and have made Peter Rabbit – also two feet tall – a large mouse, an orangutan and elephant, owl and dog.
“Mr Toad is certainly my most challenging project to date structure wise, but I always love to try and challenge myself.
“I can honestly say I was ecstatic to receive my silver award as judging this year was really strict.”
And Mr Toad is dodging the dessert menus as he takes to the road once more to join a Christmas display at jewellers Aneata Boote in Chipping Camden.
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