Late Post: The allure of cakes

Like many, I have always been besotted by cakes. Although, the cakes being showcased at all the editions of the Nilgiris Cake Show are not exactly something you can sink your teeth into, they somehow attract me like a fly to jam.

It was literally at the eleventh hour that I found time to go the 2015 edition of the show. The cake show had started on the 18th of December and was scheduled to end on 3rd of January. Not really sure whether I had made the right decision to go (it was a weekend), I left home very late in the evening on the 2nd of January with a lot of anticipation.

I didn’t have to wait at the bus stop for long and to add to that I got a seat near the window  :). After a smooth journey, I got off at the Corporation Bus Stop. Since my last visit to the place, Vittal Mallya Road had undergone a makeover (read as changed to a TenderSURE road). A stark contrast to what it was last year when it was dug up for repair.

Unlike what I expected, the venue St Joseph’s Indian School grounds did not appear very crowded. Now this would not have been the story say 10 years back. Looks like Bangaloreans have more options now when it comes to holiday making.

IMG_9828There were lot of ticket counters making it that much quicker to make it to the hall. At the entrance an exuberant Santa was greeting children.

IMG_9829

IMG_9875

The star attraction at this year’s exhibition was a sugar and cream replica of the Lost City of Atlantis.  Sounded like a place in one of those sci-fi thrillers. Star Wars was playing to packed houses. Could it be a place in Star Wars? How wrong I was! The last thing I expected was a Plato connect! Whoo!!

Check this out:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312

Wonder how long it took to make the real Atlantis? The cake version took only 75 days with 6 people working on it.

https://whatshappbangalore.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/41th-annual-cake-exhibition-worlds-biggest-annual-cake-show-and-bangalore-cake-art/

IMG_9832

The Smurfs Village looked oh-so-cute with all the teeny-weeny mushroom houses topped with chimneys.

IMG_9834

The 5.3-feet replica of former President APJ Abdul Kalam in his signature bandhgalla suit turned out to be a favourite selfie spot for many.

IMG_9836

The Tinkle cake inspired by the famous Tinkle comics looked delightful. Stupid boy Suppandi stood out with Doob-Doob, the crocodile, a close second. Tantri, the evil Mantri, was there too! Kalia, the crow, seemed strangely subdued.

IMG_9878

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in sugar looked amazing with its intricate detail. The yellow scooter contrasted well with the white shade of the cake.

IMG_9839

The Kraken Cake depicting a sinking ship was mind-blowing. Legend has it that Kraken was a sea monster with octopus-like tentacles. Looks like this ship crashed against Kraken. Don’t miss his tentacles:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken

 

IMG_9841

If Manny the Bride towered over all others at the last edition of the cake show, this year it was the beautiful Butterfly Princess resplendent in a lovely blue ensemble embellished with pretty butterflies. The Butterfly Princess looked so real!

IMG_9884.JPG

The replica of the Steam Locomotive was out of the world. The dimensions were perfect and had me in awe. The cake pebbles on the side of the track looked so cute!

IMG_9844

The ice-cream cake looked so colourful and enticing! I was surprised that it was still standing there at the fag end of the exhibition.

IMG_9850

IMG_9851

The giraffe in the wild and the pug in front of the kennel looked so real and endeared to one and all. Hugs to the cuties!

IMG_9852

And how did the cake makers manage to create these flamingos? No words can describe their talent!

IMG_9889

Did you know Action Superheroes are made of marshmallows, rice krispy and sugar dough? Ha ha!! Those three ingredients went into making these toughies.

IMG_9857

This one was for the biking aficionados!

IMG_9858

It took only one person to make this cake laden with romance!

IMG_9859

And to think that nothing in the world can lean more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Well! This leaning cake proved how wrong everyone can be. Wow!

IMG_9861

The stack of ornate kettles made for a pretty picture.

IMG_9863

And look who is here! Our national animal in his cake avatar!

IMG_9864

Not too far from him sitting pretty on a pink mat was an exotic flower vase.

IMG_9869

It took one person one month to make this barn. A great work of art!

IMG_9870

IMG_9871

And there was a wedding cake and a pram too.

IMG_9893

A consumer fair at the other end of the venue made sure that visitors at the cake show did not return home empty-handed. The many stalls were selling anything from large electronic appliances to trinkets and what not.

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s