National award for talented Anna
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.