Well……..after a late night and an early start I drove up the M6 very slowly……. to arrive at the NEC at 7.15am. We all de-boxed and set up our cakes on the tables provided (only the snail fell off in transit so easy to fix). Then we carried our cakes over and placed them on the judging tables.
Leaving my cake was really hard to do, I felt like I’d delivered a baby and didn’t want to go off and leave it with anyone that might not look after it.
The judges were very serious looking, and although I stood back and watched them looking at my cake I couldn’t listen in case they said anything that might upset me……..I love that cake, we know each other very well after spending sooooooooo many hours together.
The cakes were to be collected at 5pm on Sunday after the presentations, so I arrived at 3pm and went to look and see how I did, and I can’t tell you how surprised and very proud I was to see the little folded card that said I’d been given a certificate of merit. I know it’s not Bronze, Silver or Gold, but that doesn’t matter. The fact that they felt it was worth a mention, and a merit means everything to me and I am so glad that I had the courage to do it. The competition cakes people take there are amazing, they are from all over the world, and some are made by professionals, so getting anything is amazing. And I felt proud to burst and very humbled that so many people wanted to take the time to take photos of it, I stood for a while to listen and watch the visitors looking at it, and they were all saying such nice things about it.
For anyone that is thinking about entering, please do, it will be worth every eye straining minuite xxx
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