‘Alex Bransgrove’ - 2016 Competition Cake
This year the Squires Kitchen competition category was 'Thirty Years of Squires Kitchen'.
I thought it best to steer clear of a cake that was simply a copy of the Squires logo, building or of a kitchen interior etc. I think those ideas are too simple and show no imagination.
My starting point was a cake I had always admired in the Squires museum/display cabinets - at the rear of the shop.
The cake is quite large, possibly 18 inches in diameter at the base of the bottom tier. It has a label describing it as a: 'Copy of an English Wedding Cake - by Alex Bransgrove'. Alex Bransgrove was certainly a very interesting character, as seen by his obituary.
I like his piped designs, they are truly unique.
My cake had to fit within a 14 inch square, so I was limited by size. I made the bottom tier 10 inches and the top tier 7 inches in diameter.
I started with the bottom curved section with the dropped lines. This was made by creating a curved royal iced wall around the cake base. I made a curved scraper for this and it took several attempts to build this up.
I had to make the many off-pieces for the cake. I produced 15 sheets of drawings first made with pencil then drawn on a computer with AutoCad.
Hand drawn images:
Computer aided drawings: