Incredible, edible Centenary sugar art

Canberra100 30 May 2013
sugar peony

Bluebells, Correa Bells, Parliament House, Black Mountain Tower and even floral bouquets – all made entirely out of sugar – will be on display on Saturday 1 June at a Centenary celebration of all things cake.

The ACT Cake Decorators Association will host the Canberra Centennial Open Day at Weston Creek Community Centre. It will include a sweet display depicting Canberra old and new, an open competition of the best Canberra-themed cakes and centenary sugar plaques and demonstrators from some of Australia’s best sugar artists.

CIT chef and pastry teacher Dammika Hatharasinghe will demonstrate how to pull and blow isomalt (a sugar substitute preferred by pastry chefs) and cake sugar ornaments. Dammika recently led Team Pastry Australia at the Olympics of the pastry world, la Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, in Lyon, France.

Interstate demonstrators will also be on hand to teach Canberra cake decorators the art of making entirely edible peonies and a Noah’s ark, complete with sweet animals.

“It is rumoured, but not confirmed, that Marie Antoinette once said Let them eat cake and clearly many people still do. But what would cake be without decoration?” said Robyn Archer, Creative director of the Centenary of Canberra.

“We celebrate these sweet creative souls and thank them for paying tribute to the Centenary of Canberra with their splendid skills, and their focus on the Centenary themes,” Robyn said.

The public is welcome to view the display and cake competition from 10am to 4pm, with free entry. Bookings are essential to take part in the demonstrations, which run from 9.30am to 4pm. A booking fee of $30 includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and all demonstrations. For more information visit canberra100.

The Canberra Centennial Open Day is one of 51 community-based projects funded through the Community Centenary Initiatives Fund.

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