Bakeries had an opportunity to rise to the occasion and show off their creativity
Remember the race to the local bakery clutching a few paise to buy some cakes? And, how the degree of happiness was directly proportionate to the brightness of the icing on them? The memories came rushing back at the recently conducted `Decorate a Cake' contest organised by Bunge India Private Limited along with its distributor Sathya Agencies. There were 70 entries from various districts in Tamil Nadu. The categories were two - royal icing for multi-tiered wedding cakes and day-to-day butter icing. The ideas were creative. While Christ, Mother Teresa, Krishna, Radha and the Taj Mahal graced some of the cakes, cartoon characters also was a popular choice. One cake had a social message to offer. It had trees being cut down on one side and the other half showed the consequence of this action with the landscape being turned into a brown, arid, desert. Predictably, a Barbie Doll and a Sleeping Beauty seemed irresistible to the kids present in the show as were a teddy bear and an engine and train complete with S.R. (Southern Railways) inscribed on its side. A chessboard along with pawns was another attractive entry. Speaking on the occasion, R. Singaravelavan, HoD, Department of Catering Science and Hotel Management, S.N.R Sons College, urged the bakers to give free reign to their creativity, but at the same time, keep in focus the `health' aspect .
"Consumers are increasingly aware of what is healthy and what is not. Too much sugar and too many garish colours do not attract anymore," he said and added that a conscious effort should be made to tone down the use of colours and use them subtly and tastefully. Bright blues, blacks and garish hues do not make the cake necessarily appetising, he said. Co-jury member Yogambal Sivalingam, a lecturer in Jenny's College, Trichy, stressed on the use of approved quality products and paying attention to hygiene. After much deliberation, the judges arrived at the winners of the event. In the Royal Icing Category, the first prize went to a multi-tiered wedding cake from Udumalpet. KRS Bakery, R.S. Puram, took home the second prize while the third went to Nilgiri's. Ayyar and Co took home the Special Prize. Singaravelavan was effusive in his praise of the prizewinners. "The smooth finish, the piping work, the colour combinations and the presentation were excellent," he said. He also felt that the standard of presentation and creativity were much better than last year. In the Butter Icing section, Golden Bakery of Rasipuram won the first prize, KRS Bakers of R.S. Puram the second prize and Aroma Bakery of Coimbatore the third prize. K.R Bakers and Raagam Bakery took home the Special Prize. Bunge India has been organising this contest for years now and its line of quality baking products like margarine, yeast, cream etc., are used for making cakes, breads, puffs and ice creams. Its Bakery Manager Stephen Lobo says the idea behind the contest is to motivate and recognise the bakers who produce wonderful products, but often go unsung. PANKAJA SRINIVASAN