Few would quibble that a beautifully decorated cake could be described as a work of art, but Pauline Nunns' paintings using food colouring take that concept a step further.
The Petone woman's portraits on icing of Sir Peter Jackson, Sir Edmund Hillary and one of C F Goldie's works were snapped up by the New Zealand Culinary Team heading for a competition in Singapore two months ago.
They formed part of a table centrepiece there, and at least one of them will be entered in the 2010 Wellington Sugarcraft Competition and Exhibition at TheNewDowse this weekend.
Mrs Nunns, who is about to reprise her role as one of the judges in the second series of television's New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker, says she loves the attention to detail that is possible with painting on icing.
By the middle of last week, there were already 125 entries for the region's biggest sugarcraft show, which is run jointly by the Petone, Upper Hutt and Wellington cake decorators' guilds.
The entries include 14 "fabulous" wedding cakes, which Mrs Nunns says should provide plenty of ideas for anyone with nuptials coming up.There's also a strong showing from youngsters, with 17 entries already from non-guild juniors.
Mrs Nunns, a member of the Petone guild, will be demonstrating how to make animal shapes from icing during the show. Visitors can also ice and eat cupcakes.
The show is at TheNewDowse 11am-5pm Saturday,10am-4pm Sunday. Adults $5, seniors $3, kids under 14 $1, family of four $10.
- Hutt News