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Roald Dahl Day: Wonka's sweet genius brought to life

BETWEEN the Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, the lickable wallpaper and the square sweets that look round, there wasn't much call for cake in Willy Wonka's magical chocolate factory.

But even the holders of writer Roald Dahl's estate were 'gobsmacked' by the visions of sugary genius that have been conjured up by 50 of Ireland's best cake artists - any of which could easily have held their own amongst the finest of Wonka's own creations.

To celebrate Roald Dahl day today in the year that is the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Ark in Dublin's Temple Bar have opened a free exhibition of cakes recreating some of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake's best-loved characters in the delicious medium of sugar, vanilla and chocolate sponge.

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Isobel Conachy (4) at the Roald Dahl cakes exhibition  yesterday held  in The Ark, Temple, Dublin. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory more than 50 of Ireland’s best cake artists have joined together to bring Roald Dahl’s world.
Picture BY David Conachy. 13/9/2014

Isobel Conachy (4) at the Roald Dahl cakes exhibition yesterday held in The Ark, Temple, Dublin. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory more than 50 of Ireland’s best cake artists have joined together to bring Roald Dahl’s world. Picture BY David Conachy. 13/9/2014

Isobel Conachy (4) at the Roald Dahl cakes exhibition yesterday held in The Ark, Temple, Dublin. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory more than 50 of Ireland’s best cake artists have joined together to bring Roald Dahl’s world. Picture BY David Conachy. 13/9/2014

 

 

Irish Independent