Group’s tasty talents will be on display at exhibition

A range of colourful creations can be viewed at a special anniversary event on Saturday.

Margaret Brown was pestered into beginning her cake icing class. She had a shop in Widdrington and customers were forever asking her to show them how best to apply the sugar-rich coating used to glaze or decorate cakes, buns, biscuits and pastries.

It began 20 years ago on condition that there were no less than 10 people who came along.

They first met in the Methodist school room at Widdrington Station and there has never been less than 14 in the class ever since.

Margaret began with the basics – group members decorated cakes with ‘feather icing’. Things developed from there and specific chocolate work then led to celebration cakes with royal icing.

Today, there are still some of the original class who go along and there is a waiting list.

Class member Helen Moran said: “Always bang up to date, the class use fondant, make their own sugar flowers and one member excels with sugar lace work.

“On the day of the exhibition, visitors can marvel at the range of creativity in the icing decorations – the confidence and enjoyment can be easily appreciated.

“To mark this special year, members are showing sugar work based on it being their china anniversary. Also on show will be exotic flowers and a wide range of decorated Christmas cakes.

“In addition, there will be demonstrations, a fabulous raffle and a chance to meet with and chat to the class members.”

The event will take place at Widdrington Community Centre, Grange Road, between 10am and 3pm.