Threadcakes 2016

I did again, for the second year in a row!

After the rush that I had from entering Threadcakes last year (briefly, Threadcakes is a competition where you recreate a Threadless tees design into cake), I felt like an alumni this year, wanting to prove my worth in cake for a second time. I have not entered cake competitions like this before, so it was fitting to recreate a design from a T-shirt into cake, and see if it’s do-able.

When Threadcakes announced the competition again this year, I went through waves of looking through hundreds of designs that I could do to make this year. The same questions went through my mind again;

  1. Will this design wow the judges? Do I have a winning design?
  2. Do I have to make a very complicated armature/internal structure? Will it be easy to construct?
  3. Will this take long to make, to fit this into my life?
  4. Has this design been done before, and if so, is it wise to make it again?

Somehow, my eyes kept going back to one design, again and again, and that was the Japanese Delicacy by Mellin Paulo Bernardo

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Japanese Delicacy

I love my food – I mean, who doesn’t love Japanese food? Ramen, sushi, sashimi… But what I liked about the artwork, was the geisha’s distant expression. I hesitated for days on end if this was the right one for me, and I spoke to my friends. They agreed that I should stick to this, and I decided on this design for my cake this year!

Life has been pretty hectic, as a decorator who has a commitment to a full-time job, it’s not always easy getting a perfect balance of work life, and a business to run at the same time. I started on this project last Friday, and worked over the next few days, film myself on the phone, take photos, decorate the cake, edit the photos and the video, remembering to sleep and eat in between, aaaaand decorating the Christmas tree (can’t believe it’s a matter of weeks to Christmas).

This is the result! Ta-da! More photos of my progress in this link here


I’ve edited almost six hours of video footage and condense it into a fourteen minute video. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it. But most of all, I hope you will look at the other entries in this upcoming competition, which I hope will stay on for another few years!

Threadcakes is by far one of my favourite cake competitions to enter, and I think it brings out the creativity in every design that has been made thus far. I urge everyone to consider entering, if not for the fun of it, for the love that you have cake after it’s done!

Much love to everyone!

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