Grantham baker’s delightful Victorian cakes leave judges’ mouths watering

Lesley Hawkins and her creative cakes.
Lesley Hawkins and her creative cakes.
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A baker from Grantham whetted the appetites of judges at the world’s biggest cake-making show with this fabulous display.

Lesley Hawkins, of Barrowby Road, achieved a merit in her category at the international event in Birmingham, to put the icing on the cake of two years in which she has launched her own business and started teaching at Grantham College.

Lesley Hawkins' creative cakes.

Lesley Hawkins' creative cakes.

Lesley was one of 40 entries in the cup cakes competition at Cakes International.

Her fantastically detailed ‘Victorian Tea Room’ entry comprised a dozen mixed vanilla and chocolate cupcakes decorated with mini sandwiches, cream scones, chocolate éclairs, and even a cup of tea with teapot and sugar pot.

The flavours, design and skill displayed by Lesley had the judges smacking their lips and they awarded her one of only three merits in the cup cakes class.

Lesley prepared for the competion in just three weeks and still had to find time to run her business The Delightful Cake Company, lead Community Learning courses at Grantham College Business Development Centre and carry out the usual duties of a mum and wife.

Now after her success at world’s largest sugarcrafting, cake decorating and baking show at the NEC, Lesley is preparing forthcoming courses at the college. These include Christmas bauble cupcakes on Tuesday next week and again on December 3, Christmas cake icing and decorating for beginners for four weeks from Wednesday and a similar intermediate course from Thursday.

More information about Lesley’s classes is available here.