Sweet delights on show
It was lights, camera, pastry at AUT University's Piko Restaurant yesterday as 36 patisserie students showed off their skills in an annual showcase in Auckland.
The first year certificate and diploma students had spent three full days making 144 different delicacies - equivalent to 45 days of effort in a normal workplace.
This year's showcase had a film and movies theme, and saw hundreds of people come through the doors to marvel at the finesse, technical brilliance and creativity of the students.
Delectable goodies were inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Willie Wonka, Julie and Julia, The Muppets and Sweeney Todd, among others.
Certificate in Patisserie student Louise Abbott created a range of items for the showcase but one of the most talked about was a Muppets themed cake, with individual characters on the top.
Abbott said the bigger figures took up to an hour-and-a-half to get just right.
Once the crowds had viewed all the items they were cut up put into into mystery boxes for friends, family, AUT staff and the public to buy.