Bradford's Sugar Queen
Teresa Araujo with her winning cake, back home in Bradford. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network
Teresa Araujo is back in the world of cake decorating competition, and the world is taking notice.
She had a series of triumphs back in 2014, but then “life happened.” She was busy with her own custom cake business, The Sugar Bowl, and focused on family.
But this year, she decided she'd like to get back into competitive sugar arts.
What caught her eye was The America's Cake Fair, held October 13-15 in Orange County, Florida. She entered the Professional Competition, which had the theme, “Under the Florida Sun “– and won First Place with her tiered cake depicting a Mermaid's grotto under an orange grove, where “oranges have fun” at play.
It was both a roadtrip to a fun destination for Araujo and her husband, as well as a chance to compete.
The cake was created entirely out of sugar and gelatin, and split into 3 sections, to be reassembled in Florida. That's also where she completed the finishing touches: the quilling, and the hundreds of individual orange leaves (“After 300, I stopped counting.”) made out of sugar.
Research was a big part of Araujo's effort. The texture of the tree trunk, the different sizes and shades of green of the orange leaves - “I got a little orange tree, to get them botanically correct” - the state butterflies, created in sugar and painted with gold leaf.
And everything had to be 100% edible – no wires or inedible supports, everything made from sugar and hand-painted with food coloring.
There was plenty of competition. Araujo was competing against chefs and culinary school teachers.
“It was a great show. I did well – one for Canada, for Bradford!” she said, back home. “It was a surprise to win. I just wanted to do well.”
She came back with the First Place blue ribbon, and dozens of photos of the entries in the wedding cake, cake carving and other contests – even edible fashions, from the sugar arts fashion show.
To contact Araujo and The Sugar Bowl cakes and sweets, see thesugarbowlcakes on facebook.com, or call 905-775-7109.