These sugary stunners look too good to eat.
And while some of these creations, by members of the Huddersfield branch of the Sugarcraft Guild, are not edible, some of them taste as great as they look.
The branch celebrated 25 years of making aesthetically impressive – and sometimes tasty – confectionery at Park Road West Community Centre, Crosland Moor.
The celebration featured a display of creations as well as presentations to the branch’s longest serving members.
The branch was formed on January 21991 with only 10 members who transferred from the Yorkshire Pennine Branch. At the second meeting 70 people turned up and 46 of them became members. Now the group has 23 members.
One of them, Mrs Sheila Armitage, was one of the founders and was made an honorary member last year
The branch was founded in 1991 by Sheila Armitage who is still an active member.
While membership has shrunk since the 1990s, the branch still has 23 members painstakingly crafting intricate creations from realistic flowers to cartoon characters.
Some of the creations are not for consumption – for example the sugar flowers are held together by wires and some of the really spectacular looking ‘cakes’ have polystyrene bases.
But when the branch makes an edible cake it must taste as good as it looks.
Branch secretary Sheila Richardson said: “It’s got to taste right – there’s nothing left of our cakes today!”
And enjoying some of the edible treats was the Mayor of Kirklees Paul Kane.
Mrs Richardson said: “We had a fabulous time and the mayor and mayoress were fantastic and they loved looking at all the things we had produced.”
Huddersfield Sugarcraft meets every second Saturday of each month at Park Road West Community Centre, Crosland Moor.
The branch is highly competitive taking medals at Britain’s main sugarcraft exhibitions in Harrogate and Telford, Shropshire.
All members have won medals, including Linda Musgrave who has scooped numerous golds.
The largest and most complicated ‘cake’ they made was a recreation of the pantomime Cinderella with the three ugly sisters, the glass slippers and Cinderella herself.
It took 26 members three months to make.
When not competing the branch also hosts demonstrations from some of the UK’s best professional ‘sugarcrafters’.
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