On Bank Holiday Monday, I again heard the phrase: “There needs to be more events like this.” May 26th saw the Lives Not Knives unit full of young people, older individuals and families who came to eat an abundance of cake at the Mula Cake Bake Off.
However, this was no ordinary bake-off. This bake-off would decide who would eventually embark on a partnership with the thriving urban clothing brand, Mula Cake.
Despite the inevitability of only one winner, this was a rewarding event for all involved. The competitors gained exposure and the public had the opportunity to get their fill of cake for the bargain entry price of £1, which was used to raise money for the upcoming Mula Cake Kids Club and their charity in Gambia. Founder and CEO of Mula Cake, Dexter Simms thought the event went amazingly well and he has not stopped getting good feedback.
The energetic host was Aaron Roach Bridgeman from SBTV, who ensured that everyone knew what was going on while we got our fair share of sweet treats. There were eight companies offering eye-catching, bright, beautiful and amazingly creative cakes of various different flavours.
Oreo and chocolate cakes proved to be very popular, with these flavours on offer by Sugar Pocket, Sea Shellz, Herman Black and A Cup Full, whilst Live Love Cake combined their chocolate cake with vanilla. The Candy Company added a unique twist to the event by offering sweetie bags rather than slices of cake.
Cakey Makey and Angel Creations both got colourful, as Cakey Makey’s red velvet cake was covered in bright, multicoloured icing and Angel Creation’s rainbow cake had six multicoloured cake layers that each had an individual flavour. I have never had one slice of cake that encompassed six flavours before, so that was a new experience for me.
These companies were also asked to create art in front of our eyes, as they were given the task of decorating a cake at their stations that showcased the Mula Cake brand. Cakey Makey, Sugar Pocket and A Cup Full all created some type of baseball cap shaped cake, whilst The Candy Company manufactured the words ‘Mula Cake’ from marshmallows, jelly beans and candy worms. All the decorative pieces were appealing to the eye, and I would be more than happy to hang The Candy Company’s creation on my wall.
The majority of these baking companies have only been operating for about one or two years, but they all had a lot to offer and they each had a unique aesthetic. However, there could only be one winner and that was 23-year-old Nathaniel Herman Black, the man behind Herman Black, who was surprised but very happy to win.
Nathaniel is an inspiring young man who almost did not make it to the bake-off, because he had so much university work to do. He decided to set up a baking company, because he likes “being creative”, due his art and design background, which shines through when you look at his cake pops and innovative three-tier cake that was covered in pouches, fake £50 notes, a hat, mini cake pops and more.
Dexter said, “I am looking forward to working with Herman, as I see he is very creative and has lots of potential, not to mention his cakes taste beautiful.”
This was an event that proved popular among young people and I was glad to see so many of them in attendance. They seemed to enjoy the cakes on offer and you can be assured that nobody was left cakeless.
Mula Cake is continuing to move onwards and upwards and Dexter is looking forward to an “exciting future”, especially with their one year anniversary celebrations coming up on June 21st and the launch of their Mula Cake Kids Club on July 28th. Be there or be cakeless.