A re-enactment in icing of a desperate dive for the try-line has made one New Plymouth family the winner of The Great Cake Bake-Off for Rugby World Cup 2011.
The Gilmour family entered the competition with a USA-themed cake, featuring three Rugby players collapsed on the line with one player stretching out for a try.
“My oldest son Kurtis insisted that we enter, as he is Rugby mad!” says Anna-Lisa Gilmour. “Both of my boys helped me make the cake and they supervised the icing and made suggestions.
“We went with USA for the cake because when we saw the Webb Ellis Cup at Puke Ariki last year my son decided on dressing in USA colours.” However when it came to the competition prize of any RWC 2011 shirts for the family, they decided on the New Zealand strip.
The competition encouraged the public to bake and design a cake based around one of the five RWC 2011 teams that will be playing at Stadium Taranaki: Ireland, Wales, USA, Namibia or Russia.
RNZ 2011 CEO Martin Snedden judged the cake entries.
“I was really bowled over by how creative the cakes were,” he says.
“It’s great to see people getting behind other teams in this way. It’s just the kind of enthusiasm we would love to see when the Tournament kicks off so it gives me every confidence that Taranaki will be really supporting all the teams coming here.”
Says NPDC Manager Rugby World Cup 2011 Jenny Mills was impressed with the cake designs that were sent in. “A lot of time and effort went into making these masterpieces to celebrate the six months to go milestone and the teams that will be coming to Taranaki as part of RWC 2011,” she says.
“The standard was so high that we’re really glad we didn’t have to decide the winner! Martin was a great judge for making the tough call on the winning design.”