Sweet suc­cess

Na­tional award for tal­ented Anna

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A life­like Wolver­ine cake has seen one Cam­bus­lang woman re­ceive more ac­co­lades at one of the UK’s lead­ing bak­ing shows.

Anna Dil­lon com­peted in the dec­o­ra­tive ex­hibit cat­e­gory for the third time at the Cake In­ter­na­tional event in Birm­ing­ham, the world’s big­gest cake show.

The 49-year-old of Drum­sagard Vil­lage based her mas­ter­piece on the wolf char­ac­ter played by Hugh Jack­man in the X-Men se­ries movies.

And the strik­ing re­sem­blance be­tween the Aussie star and Anna’s cake saw her pre­sented with a bronze award from com­pe­ti­tion judges, who as­sessed al­most 100 cakes in the cat­e­gory.

The Wolver­ine cre­ation is a con­tin­u­a­tion of Anna’s pas­sion and tal­ent for cre­at­ing ed­i­ble ver­sions of her favourite film char­ac­ters, hav­ing pre­vi­ously made The Joker from Bat­man and Preda­tor.

“I just love peo­ple’s faces,” Anna said. “I want to get their fea­tures just right. I like it when peo­ple ask ‘is that re­ally a cake?’.

“I love the Wolver­ine cake be­cause I have man­aged to get his teeth in and his beard is made of liquorice.

“For the com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gory it has to be at least 50 per cent cake. You’re al­lowed to use rice krispies, marsh­mal­lows. On top of that I used choco­late ganache to shape it, mod­el­ling fon­dant, choco­late and ic­ing.”

Anna’s cake was dis­played among a host of shock­ingly re­al­is­tic ed­i­ble ver­sions of some of the world’s most fa­mous stars.

The late Ge­orge Michael, Bruce Forsyth and Fred­die Mer­cury were trans­formed into breath­tak­ing cakes, while oth­ers chose to make their favourite char­ac­ters - such as Anna’s Wolver­ine and even E.T.

Anna, who says she is in­spired by art, first thought about the Wolver­ine cake five months ago, mak­ing it in the even­ings af­ter com­plet­ing shifts at her full-time snack van based in Ruther­glen.

De­spite run­ning a busi­ness and Dil­lon’s Cakes, Anna found time to en­ter a sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion at the Birm­ing­ham event, where her Pru­dence the Mon­key cake was awarded silver.

It was suc­cess­ful in the carved nov­elty cake cat­e­gory.

Anna said she was in­spired to cre­ate the ape as she of­ten watches the Mon­key World pro­gramme while mak­ing her cakes in the evening.

Anna has been bak­ing for 10 years, with her abil­ity to recre­ate char­ac­ters com­ing to the fore when asked by friends to make birth­day cakes for chil­dren and loved ones.

Cap­tain Amer­ica was her first task and she has con­tin­ued to chal­lenge her­self ever since.

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