Monday, March 21, 2011

A really sweet caricature of Prince William and Kate

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Cake caricature of Prince William and Middleton made by the winner of Ideal Cake Decorator of the Year 2011 Michelle Wibowo from Burgess Hill, England.

Fine bone china and tea towels, comic books and graffiti on the wall of an alley in London, just when you thought nothing else could commemorate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, out pops the cake.

A very creative cake decorator in England has fashioned a lovely cake in the likeness of the royal-couple-to-be.

"Michelle Wibowo of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, spent a whopping 80 hours sculpting the fruit cake into busts of the prince and Miss Middleton," according to a BBC report. 

It is sweet, considering it is covered with a layering of apricot jam and 44 pounds of marzipan and sugar icing. What's most impressive is that the commemorative gateau has been airbrushed with colors to make the royal couple's features more realistic. 

A much better likeness, I might add, than the commemorative coins created by Britain's Royal Mint, which dropped the royal-rugby-ball in its attempt at fashioning the couple's likeness out of silver and gold. Middleton appears plump in the face and lips and critics say William looks like Al Gore.
AP Photo/Akira Suemori
The Prince William and Kate Middleton cake by Wibowo will be the centerpiece of a royal themed wedding cake competition at the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court in west London. 

Wibowo, who operates a business called Sugarart, said that she used the contest as an opportunity to do something different, other than the usual traditional decorated round tiered cake people normally expect to for a wedding cake. 

"It was really a challenge for me to do this cake," she said, in the BBC report. "It was hard work, but I really enjoyed making it."

Today's muse
Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception, and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful -- Alice Walker, African American writer and poet.


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