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High Stakes Cakes

Cake makers feel the heat.

What drives people to stake their livelihood on sponge? Three cake makers discuss the pressure and privilege of creating show-stopping centrepieces for major celebrations. From a perfect replica of a cow to a cake hanging from the ceiling, they reveal the engineering and money that go into some of the most formidable bakes.

Emily Thomas meets Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Cakes, who made the cake at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, Pardeep Gill from Sweet Hollywood which specialises in wedding cakes for the Asian community in the UK, and Asha Batenga Jumba from Cakely Uganda in Kampala.

Plus, we’ll hear some toe-curling stories of baking disasters.

(Composite image: Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery icing the wedding cake of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle, Credit: Getty Images; Pardeep Gill standing with large wedding cake, Credit: Sweet Hollywood; Asha Batenga icing a cake; Credit: Cakely Uganda).

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27 minutes


  • Thu 7 Feb 2019 03:32GMT
  • Thu 7 Feb 2019 05:32GMT
  • Thu 7 Feb 2019 11:32GMT
  • Thu 7 Feb 2019 18:32GMT
  • Thu 7 Feb 2019 21:32GMT
  • Thu 7 Feb 2019 23:32GMT
  • Sun 10 Feb 2019 08:32GMT

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