3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

Molly Robbins - Extreme Cake Maker

PUBLISHED: 00:00 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:34 17 January 2018

Molly Robbins with one of her life-like creations in her studio

Molly Robbins with one of her life-like creations in her studio

DanielGravesPhotography.com

There is no challenge too small for cake maker Molly Robbins, writes Mairead Mahon

Molly decorates a cake in her studioMolly decorates a cake in her studio

Take a peek inside Molly Robbins’ Crawshawbooth studio and you’d find everything a professional baker could ever need. But it’s her trainers that are her most essential items.

‘I’m on my feet all day and sometimes into the evenings so comfortable feet are the basis on which my success has been built,’ said Molly, who runs Molly’s Creative Cakes. ‘I believe in the right tools for the job which is also why, as well as my trainers, I have over 40 aprons in my wardrobe.’

The talented baker, daughter of actor and comedian Ted Robbins, has found success swiftly gaining fans from across the country as well as an appearance on Channel 4 series, Extreme Cake Makers. While the special effects course she studied at college helps her in her current career, she fell into making cake sculptures by accident.

‘The course involved studying the use of colour and making structures, as well as teaching me how to be a dab hand with an air brush,’ said Molly. ‘But I would have been astonished if someone had told me back then they would be useful skills for a career as a cake sculptor.

An Alice in Wonderland fantasy cakeAn Alice in Wonderland fantasy cake

‘I had never even considered applying them in that way until I decided to make a wedding cake for a family friend. I made a Madeira sponge cake in the shape of a table with tiny sculptures of everyone seated at it. The icing was a bit lumpy but everyone loved it.

Six years on there isn’t a lump in sight on Molly’s sculpture cakes. In fact, her skills have earned her Gold and Silver awards at the Cake International competitions. Molly’s cake mixture is usually Madeira, lemon or chocolate but the real skill is in constructing and icing her creations.

Molly’s niche has become her talent for making cake sculptures in the shape of animals and receives nationwide orders. Customers send her photographs of their pet so she can capture their expression exactly. Not every cake sculptor would be happy if a dog growled at their creation but for Molly, that’s a compliment of the highest order.

‘I love it when a client and their dog calls to collect their cake and the dog becomes convinced that my sculpture is a real dog,’ said Molly. ‘It happened recently with one of my pug dog cake sculptures.

Bea, a shetland pony made out of cakeBea, a shetland pony made out of cake

‘I once made a dinosaur cake that had a real growl embedded in it but luckily, the client didn’t bring a real dinosaur with her, so I can’t completely vouch for its authenticity. I’ve made a unicorn cake sculpture too.’

Molly’s birthday and celebration sculptures are completely edible but her life sized creations, which cause a real stir, can contain non-edible skeletons.

‘A skeleton has to be constructed first, in order to provide a structure and then the cake is applied and carefully carved to fit: a process that can be very time consuming. It is the icing and food colouring spray painting that really provide the detail and brings it all together. ‘These life sized sculptures aren’t just decorative though; they are there to be eaten after all, so they do have to taste good.’

Quite often, her huge sculptures are used to raise awareness or money for a particular cause, such as Reggie the Chameleon, who was made for the launch of the Salford City College Animal Centre.

Her skills have led to her becoming one of the stars of popular series, Extreme Cake Makers. One episode featured Molly making one of her biggest commissions - a life size sculpture of a Shetland pony called Bea, which was over 3 feet tall and used 25 kilos of sugar paste. Bea lives at Cheshire Dogs’ Home and funds needed to be raised for her upkeep, which is why Molly decided to help by donating the cake.

‘It was certainly a challenge,’ admits Molly. ‘There was a frame and lots of cake to make. The recipe called for 216 eggs and then I needed to make sure the colouring and Bea’s lovely expression was exactly right.

But Molly isn’t fazed by anything which is lucky given she hosts live cake demonstrations to hordes of fans at the increasingly popular cake shows. Even having a film crew in her studio didn’t make her nervous.

‘It’s a lot of fun and I love meeting people and filming,’ she said. ‘When I was younger, I used to enjoy watching American shows that featured cake makers and now, here I am, taking part in a British one.

‘It’s great as sharing my knowledge is something I really enjoy and hope to do more of.’

Related articles

More from Food & Drink

Yesterday, 17:27

Come and enjoy a relaxed dining experience effortlessly prepared by our Award Winning Head Chef.

Read more

Your granny wouldn’t like it but this Manchester restaurant aims to be out of this world, writes Roger Borrell.

Read more
Manchester Restaurants Asian Food
Friday, August 3, 2018

Due to the popularity of our Vegan Menu and to promote the health benefits of a plant based diet we are launching our weekly vegan night, Choose Vegan.

Read more
Friday, August 3, 2018

The world’s best pizza deal comes to The Feilden’s Arms at Mellor Brook.

Read more
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Join us Monday to Friday, from 12pm ‘til 3pm during the school summer holidays (23/7/18 to 31/8/18) when children under 12 can enjoy a Kids Pizza for FREE.

Read more
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Join us Monday to Friday, from 12pm ‘til 3pm during the school summer holidays when children under 10 can enjoy a meal for FREE.

Read more
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Join us Monday to Friday, from 12pm ‘til 3pm during the school summer holidays when children under 10 can enjoy a meal for FREE.

Read more
Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Lancashire couple sold up their home and their business so their sons could become farmers

Read more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Beautiful food in beautiful surroundings...

Read more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fine dining in elegant surroundings makes Pier Eight at the Lowry a destination dining restaurant you’ll want to visit time and again, says Kate Houghton.

Read more
Friday, July 20, 2018

It’s summer, so let’s eat out on the riviera...the Mersey riviera, that is

Read more
Liverpool
Friday, July 20, 2018

An old tea service owned by her grandmother set Tina Nunn on the path to a rewarding new career.

Read more
Afternoon Tea
Thursday, July 19, 2018

A young couple are taking an innovative approach to farming on land overlooking Morecambe Bay

Read more

It’s all the rage in trendy capitals around the world and now ice cream rolls are available in Lancashire.

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Property Search