WHAT happens when cake and fashion (two of our favourite things) combine? Shore City's "Art of Cake Awards" are born, that's what.

Between the 7th and 28th of August, six of Auckland’s top cakers will compete for the title of 'best-dressed cake'. Each cake is inspired by the caker’s choice from five Fashion Week trends – La Vie en Rose, Wild Things, Cutting Edge, Shine Bright and Eccen-trick!

Five finalists have been selected to compete from 28 entries. The finalists for this year are Sondra Vicelich from 'Sweet Bites' (who was the 2013 winner), Melissa Fleming from 'Miss Melicious', Elina Prawito from'Bake-a-Boo Cakes', Kerry Morris from 'Eat Cake', Melanie-Jane Gee from 'Cake Circus' and Rae and Ngaio Coppins from 'Celebration Cakes'.

The cakes will be unveiled at Shore City in Takapuna on Thursday 7th of August with a 3 week public exhibition finishing on Thursday 28th of August, in the middle of New Zealand Fashion Week, when the winner will be announced.

“We look forward to being able to showcase our craft and hopefully defend the title,” says 2013 winner Sondra Vicelich.  “We chose to go with ‘Shine Bright’, because it instantly stood out as being a trend where we could experiment and develop new techniques.  I really don't want to give away clues as to what we are going to do.  A few of our techniques are untested.”

The public will also be able to attend six free Cake Craft sessions, during which the finalists will share their cake decorating secrets. Dates and times will be announced on:

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