Earby family exhibiting at international cake event

Thomas (9), Richard and Helen Waddington, from Earby, with the Rocky Horror Picture Show cakes that will be on Display at Cake International in Birmingham this weekend. (S)
Thomas (9), Richard and Helen Waddington, from Earby, with the Rocky Horror Picture Show cakes that will be on Display at Cake International in Birmingham this weekend. (S)

An Earby family will be showing off their cake making talents this weekend and are hoping for no horror shows at an international baking event in Birmingham.

Helen Waddington, husband Richard and nine-year-old son Thomas, who attends St Joseph’s Primary School in Barnoldswick, will all be competing with exciting creations at Cake International at the NEC which starts today.

Helen and Richard, who have their For Goodness Cake business, are two of 40 cake artists to have received special invites to celebrate the timeless and sensational Rocky Horror Picture Show which is 40 years old in 2015.

To mark the birthday of the iconic 70s masterpiece movie, each of the 40 will create individual pieces to encapsulate scenes and themes from the movie, and the Waddingtons’ contribution will be two items in the party room with Columbia on a Jukebox and the whole cast surrounding Frank’s throne.

As well as that exhibition, Helen is showing a five tier Doctor Who themed wedding cake, Richard a sculpted cake of the purple alien Boov from the film “Home” while burgeoning baking talent Thomas is creating the character Baymax from the film “Big Hero Six”.

Helen, a former teacher at West Craven High School who now teaches in Leeds for the Medical Needs Teaching Service, said: “We are part of a collaboration team from around the world and as far away as Australia creating the ‘Rocky Horror Sugar Show’ with 40 cake artists celebrating 40 years of Rocky Horror.

“With so much humidity in the air this week, preparation has been difficult.

“It’s not good for cake decorating and everybody on the forum has had the same issue. I have never been so late putting the finishing touches to a cake.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show was one of my dad’s favourite feel good films so I thought it would be nice to do it in his memory.

“It’s exciting and nervy at the same time. Cake International attracts thousands of people and you put your feats of engineering out on display and can see the judges inspecting them.”

Helen, with husband Richard, a psychiatric nurse, stumbled into the sweet world of cake creating and decorating.

At their first ever Cake International event in Manchester in February, the Waddingtons came home with a hat-trick of medals with Helen and Richard scooping silver for their respective seven tier alternative Harry Potter wedding cake and greedy green dragon cake and Thomas a bronze for his Doctor Who crossed with My Little Pony creation.

Helen added; “It all started in late 2012. Somebody asked for help in making a birthday cake and it has gone from there.

“We like a challenge and in the time have done more and more different things and learned new techniques. Baking is a bit like chemistry for me.”