Edible Worden Park wins prize at cake show

Lisa Phillips has won an award for her edible Worden Park cake
Lisa Phillips has won an award for her edible Worden Park cake
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As a little girl, one of Lisa Phillips’ favourite things to do was visit Worden Park for a picnic with her dad.

Ham sandwiches, pork pies and ice cream in hand, she would also enjoy feeding the ducks and visiting the maze.

Lisa's Worden Park cake

Lisa's Worden Park cake

And years later, she has recreated her childhood memories in the form of an incredible edible Worden Park - which bagged her a prize at an international cake show last month.

Mum-of-one Lisa first visited Manchester’s Cake International cake decorating competition last year when her fiancé Simon Shaw bought her tickets.

And after she saw some of the impressive creations on display, she decided this year was going to be her chance to get involved.

“I really wanted to have a go, and I wanted to do something a little bit different,” she said. “I decided to do what I know - Worden Park.

“I’ve lived in Leyland all of my life and one of my favourite things to do as a child was go to Worden Park for picnics, so that’s what I wanted to show”

Lisa Phillips

“I’ve lived in Leyland all of my life and one of my favourite things to do as a child was go there for picnics, so that’s what I wanted to show.

“But I didn’t want to just go down the traditional route of using a mum and dad with two children, so I focused on the dad theme.

“It’s like a tribute to my own dad, Frank, who died a couple of years ago. He never saw me get to this level with my cake making, but I thought about what he would have in a picnic and created a pork pie, ham sandwich and ice cream.

“Originally I was going to do the maze but I couldn’t get the detail with the size of board I was allowed to use for the competition, so I tried to fit in as much as I could with wildlife and signs to other parts of the park.”

Lisa's Worden Park cake

Lisa's Worden Park cake

It took Lisa around 40 to 50 hours in total to finish the cake - with the gravel path taking six hours alone, as it’s made up of tiny pieces of
fondant.

Every piece of the structure had to be edible to qualify for the ‘novelty cakes’ category at the competition, without the use of anything else such as cocktail sticks to hold the people up.

And her efforts paid off as she was awarded bronze for work of art.

“I just wanted everything to be perfect,” Lisa said. “It’s still on my table at home. It’s too old to eat now, but I don’t want to throw it away.”

Lisa's Worden Park cake

Lisa's Worden Park cake

Lisa started making cakes two years ago for her daughter’s second birthday.

She enjoyed it so much that she started practicing a few techniques in the evening when she had a moment to herself, and friends and family encouraged her to start her own business.

She now juggles managing her own firm from home, called The One Who Bakes, with teaching a radio production course part time for Manchester College.

Her little girl, Melissa, is now at nursery so Lisa has more time to develop her skills, and she normally makes two to three cakes a week depending on how many orders come in.

“My Facebook feed is full of other cakemakers all over the world,” she said. “I like to know what the trends are and people give me ideas and themes when they put an order in, and it’s fun to try out different things.

“It normally takes about 10 hours to do one cake, depending on the level of work, but the time just flies by. I love it.”