Sugarcraft designs are the icing on cake

The Sheffield Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild
The Sheffield Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild
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Intricate designs created by skilled craftswomen went on show in Sheffield.

The beautiful creations, all of which had a festive theme, were made by members of the Sheffield branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild.

The group meets every Tuesday above the scout headquarters in Trippet Lane in Sheffield city centre to learn and share cake decorating tips.

And the members’ competition for the best decorated Christmas cake was a hotly contested affair.

The cakes were assessed by an accredited British Sugar Craft judge and all of the entries were fruit cakes.

The creations were judged on looks only, not taste, and will not be cut but donated to charity.

Freda Digby, branch secretary, said: “There were different designs and the winning creation was made by our chairman Marilyn Hill. It was a triangular design with ribbon, holly and baubles on it.”

Also on display were the group’s entries for a previous competition which saw them scoop a gold medal and best in show.

The regional event was held at Harrogate in the spring and among the entries was a cake covered with mice and acorns, designed by Mary Harrison, and an allotment, complete with scarecrow and cabbages, by Shirley Hebb.

Freda, who has been a member of the group for 10 years and involved in sugarcraft for 30, said: “You don’t need a steady hand in particular but you do need lots of patience.
“The British Sugarcraft Guild exists to promote and stimulate cake decorating as an art form, and we are always looking for new members.

“It would be lovely to have some younger members coming along.”

But she warned sugarcrafting is only for the serious.

“We don’t consider cupcake-making the same as sugarcraft or cake decorating,” she said.

The group meets once a month from 2pm to 4pm.

Call 0114 230 4041.