Monday, 15 October 2012

A writer's sugary dream: Book meets cake!

by Sally Poyton


There are few dead certs when writing a book. There is no definitive way to get published; some people win competitions, other meet agents and click, and some get picked off the slush pile. There is no one way to write, either – some see where the writing takes them, others plot and plan meticoulsy before writing a word. No agent or editor can tell you the one thing that makes a good book, as they are all looking for something slightly different. It’s all so... subjective.


There is only one thing that is a constant, an un-disputed fact within the world of writing and publishing – THE LOVE OF CAKE. Many writers are fuelled by cakes (partly because of that pesky Candy Gourlay), and I suspect this is true of agents and editors too – it’s the publishing industry's staple diet.

SO what could be better than books and cakes? BOOK-CAKES!


I was lucky enough to be helping out the book store at the Oxfordshire Book Awards a few week ago. The authors and illustrators were so busy signing that I couldn’t get close to them, but I did manage to see these fantastic cakes - edible replicas of the winning book covers created by the Catering Manager of the host school Abingdon Boys…





Seeing these fabulous cakes got me wondering about book launch cakes - do people get their books turned into cakes for their Launch Parties? Well, writers love cake so what better excuse? Bestselling author of the ‘Joshua Files’, MG Harris, makes her own book-cover cakes for her launch parties - and she signs each one!


So how about the inside of books – do they get changed into edible form too? Well, cake creator Liz Mergel has created this fantastic, amazingly detailed double page spread of the J-Team Graphic Novel. How brilliant is that?!



So is it only authors who make book-inspired cakes? No, fans do too! Just look at this Harry Potter cake by Heather Coates for her daughter’s birthday:


And here are a few of my efforts!


With appetites wetted, go write!

17 comments :

  1. Awesome cakes! I've never seen book cakes before but it's a great idea.

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    1. Hi Suzanne - I love the idea that if it's a book and a cake that it can feed your brain and your tummy!

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  2. Thank you for adding some cakey goodness to my morning, Sally!

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  3. Wow. I am in super AWE!. Wow!

    Take care
    x

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  4. Amazing cakes! But I'm guessing I'm in the minority here not liking cakes... Give me chocolate any day! :-)

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  5. And don't forget our awesome conference cakes!
    Click to see last year's.

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    1. AH Nick - of course they're great - but as I've never been to a conference... lets hope this years cake will be a marvel!

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    2. That's my fault - I couldn't download a picture and didn't have time to ask anyone for permission! Tut tut tut. Still, this year's should be a sight to see!

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  6. Loved this! So many people including me binged on cake after that post. I owe everyone an apology!

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  7. Loved this! So many people including me binged on cake after that post. I owe everyone an apology!

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  8. Amazing cakes, Sally! I don't think I'm up to the challenge of putting my own cover on a cake, but it was fun to see these.

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  9. Sally, your cakes look amazing!

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  10. Fabulous! I usually prefer pies to cakes, but since I haven't had breakfast yet, you're making me hungry!

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  11. I made a cake for my first book, Sleepover Club Eggstravaganza. The cover design looked like a door with five little girls peeping around the corner. Mine was the Easter edition and the door was made to look like a bar of chocolate, complete with the corner bitten off - easy to render in cake. Then we had a pyjama party to celebrate!

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    1. Hi That sounds amazing - I'd love to see a photo!

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  12. There's a Book Swap that happens in Portsmouth - guess what the entrance fee is? Cake!

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    1. I love that idea! Pinching, sneakily.

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