The Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair Cake Challenge which was one of the highlights of the wedding fair was a fantastic success. The competition attracted cake makers whose entries were displayed in a special area at the show for visitors to admire and sample out. Being a first time competition, the expectations for the Cake Challenge were very high and they were met by the array of exquisite cakes that contested for the big price.
It was an excellent showcase of the combination of high quality products and high levels of creativity of the participants. The wedding cakes were both beautiful to look at and delicious.
“The Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair Cake Challenge was the most fabulous demonstration of baking and cake design talent. The sheer variety of cakes and the quality of entries was excellent. This competition was interesting and exciting to judge as there were several beautiful cakes on display. We were impressed by the creativity, techniques and flavor combinations presented and I definitely see this competition becoming a sought-after event on the wedding cake maker’s calendar” says Doreen Mbaya, marketing director at KTN who was one of the judges of the competition.
Winner of Best Overall and Best Tasting categories, Mercy Munywoki from Cake Affair says she is “over the moon with this win and still floating on cloud nine”. Her goal for 2016 is to stay on top and unshaken. “Winning this award was completely unexpected. The cakes were spectacular and the competition was tough. Thank you to the Samantha’s Wedding Fair team for helping push cake decorating in Kenya to the next level and for giving us an outlet to push the boundaries and showcase our work.”
Winner of the Best Design Cake category Mr. Zahir Nazir Cake City was also delighted with the recognition he received for his finely crafted cake. “We are thrilled that the judges appreciated the workmanship that went into our cake and awarded this accolade to us. The standard was definitely high and we look forward to more cake designers participating in this competition in future,” he adds.
The runners up award for the Best cake Design was awarded to Phylis from Cake Couture.
To enter the competition, cake makers were required to submit a dummy wedding cake and a piece of real cake for tasting, together with a description of their cake and details on what motivated their design. All cakes were submitted to a blind judging. The panel of judges featured Beatrice from Sweet Inspirations, international chef Solomon Obano from S&J Caterers, Doreen Mbaya, marketing director at KTN and Anne Nduku from Samantha’s Bridal.
Samantha’s Bridal is proud to be associated with a competition that attracts baking of such high standards.
There is no denying that these days; brides-to-be want wedding cakes that are anything but ordinary. And meeting the challenge head-on, entrants for the wedding cake challenge bakers have elevated baking to an art form that defies the boundaries of tradition, construction and flavor. The next competition will take place at The Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair 2016, and we are eager to see what innovative creations will be showcased at East Africa’s ultimate bridal event. An event like this gives bakers and fans alike the opportunity to experience first-hand the quality and versatility of cake bakers. Cake Bakers will be invited to interpret a set theme for the competition. The overriding requirement will be for bakers to innovate and break tradition. They will need to showcase their talent in such a way as to truly wow the judges, who will comprise of several highly-respected representatives in the baking, culinary and media worlds. The 2016 competition will not just be about appearances cakes will have to taste as good as they look. We look forward to many more exhilarating and equally successful cake challenges.