Kermit, Homer and Miss Piggy help self-taught Dereham cake decorator win bronze
PUBLISHED: 09:58 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:58 18 April 2013
Kermit is putting all his chips on the table, a terrified Minnie can barely watch – and Homer has passed out after two cans of Duff.
It may be a surreal scene, but the sight of so many familiar characters crowded around the roulette wheel has earned a self-taught Dereham cake decorator an award at a prestigious London show.
Nicki Sulter went into the handcrafted cake businesses last year so she could fit work around her one-year-old daughter Millie.
Now the sugary concoction featuring Miss Piggy, Mickey Mouse and friends has scooped Little Millie’s cake company a bronze award at the Cake International show.
Nicki, 26, said: “I thought it was a bit different and fun and involved a lot of characters, so it should have showed a lot of skill, and it was quite intricate.”
She works from home and makes her cakes after Millie has gone to bed, often working until 2am on creations for weddings and birthdays.
However, last week she received vital help from her mother, Helen Goodwright, who looked after Millie so Nicki could concentrate on her sugar paste models, and then cradled the cake during the drive to London.
Nicki said: “We managed to get it all the way there with only Mickey’s ear falling off and Brian Griffin’s arm falling off with the martini glass, so we had a little bit of a fix when we got there.”
She is now studying a PME Diploma in sugar flowers and planning to move to a bigger home to accommodate her growing business.
She said: “I’m really pleased. When I first entered I said I would be really pleased to get a merit.
“When we dropped the cake off I thought, ‘I have not got a chance because they are amazing’ so I was so pleased and relieved to get a bronze and now feel really motivated for the next one.”
She is already planning for the next Cake International, in November.