A Rushden pastry chef has won a gold medal for her life-size dinosaur in an international competition.
Victoria White has once again claimed victory at Cake International, a prestigious competition that has been running for over 20 years with cake decorators and sugar artists coming from all over the world to compete.
There are many different categories, including sculpted cake, decorative display, flowers, and cupcakes.
Victoria, a mom of four who runs Victoria White Cake Design, entered the life-size category this year and her stunning dinosaur design earned her a gold medal as well as first place in that category.
Victoria told the Northants Telegraph: “I started making cakes for my children’s birthdays 18 years ago.
“I have progressed in making cakes for family and friends, learning from books and online videos.
“I loved it so much that I decided to go into business when my youngest child started school in 2016.”
While Victoria makes all kinds of party cakes, she says realistic sculpted cakes are her favorite.
She said: “I first entered Cake International in 2017, making a sculpted cake dragon which was awarded bronze.
“I was blown away by the cakes on display and have entered every year since as well as other competitions.
“In January, I made a T-Rex birthday cake for my son Isaac.
“He loves dinosaurs and wants to be a paleontologist.
“I thought it would be fun to make a life-size dinosaur one day.
“When the Cake International program came out and I saw the full size category, I knew right away what I was going to do.
“I started researching dinosaurs because there was a size restriction for the piece.
“I had to find one that was small enough to fit the space but big enough to make an impact.
“I found the Deinonychus to be the right size, so I made a scale model out of clay to see how the pose would work.
“I then started working on the main piece.”
The dinosaur took around three months in Victoria and is made from extra Renshaw sugarpaste and homemade modeling chocolate and is colored with rainbow dust colours.
Renshaw, who make a range of cake decorating products, sponsored the piece, and Victoria added: “The dinosaur is the biggest piece I’ve done so far, but as I’ve given myself a lot of time , it wasn’t too stressful.”
However, this is not the first time that Victoria has created a stunning design.
In 2020, she was commissioned by fashion designer Thom Browne to create a life-size cake version of one of her costumes.
She only had three days to do it, including the baking, and then she had to take it to Paris for a photoshoot and it was featured in Vogue magazine and GQ.
And not content with creating amazing cakes, Victoria is currently working on a book teaching cake sculpting which is due out next year.