Icing On The Cake

Fish by Emmanuele Forcone

Last month I had the honour of being invited to Host, a hospitality exhibition held alongside World Expo in Milan, Italy. The scale of the event took my breath away, and if you’ve been following my posts, you’ll already have some idea about how awesome this exhibition is, with entire pavilions devoted to pizza, pastry, coffee, chocolate and gelato, and more.

Now let me show you some of the cakes. The level of creativity and skill that went into making these works of art is just incredible. The designs ranged from intricately worked flowers to iconic buildings, dinosaurs, Oriental designs and portraits of famous entertainers.

Teams from 30 countries competed for the World Trophy of Pastry Icecream Chocolate and the Cake Designer World Championship. Hosted by the Italian Federation of Pastry Icecream and Chocolate, the competition was intense, with the cakes judged both on taste and artistic creativity.

Take a look at some of the cakes that were on display, and tell me, which is your favourite?

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Marilyn Monroe cake
Sweet portraiture by Katia Malizia.

New York, New York

Empire State Building


Dinosaur cake

Spot the cake

Cruella de Vil, 101 Dalmatians

Parroting a cake


Flower power

Flower Tower
Beautiful floral sugarcraft from Rita D’Ascenzo, who won best in show at the 2014 Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show in Birmingham, England.

Siren of the screen

Sophia Loren in cake

Oriental delicacy

Chinese Lantern

Simply perfect or perfectly simple

Red Jelly cake

One of the masters …

Emmanuele Forcone
Internationally renowned pastry chef, Emmanuele Forcone, winner of the World Cup of Pastry in Lyon in January. He was at Host in Milan, showing off some of his work.
Italian Federation of Pastry Icecream and Chocolate
The Italian Federation of Pastry Icecream and Chocolate gallery at Host.
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