Lola the Sugar Showgirl ~ Best in Show Cake International London 2015

Best in Show

What the most amazing and exciting weekend that was, Lola winning best in show and taking me completely by surprise.  Standing just under 20″ / 50cm high and on her high heels she is a figure and a feat I have wanted so much to achieve over the past few years, although I think I may have another challenge for myself at Cake International in Birmingham later in this year too !!

Lola was inspired by a vintage showgirl picture this was the image I found and wanted to recreate into a 3D figure, I initially wanted to include the gown she is dragging behind her, but as she evolved and swayed slightly I realised that there was a great danger of it getting damaged in transit.  As I had been considering a fan dancer at one stage it was the ideal replacement.


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She took me around 40 hours to complete and is hand sculpted from my own mix of modelling paste, her outfit is flower paste and her fan, wafer/rice paper for her feathers.  She has an internal armature and is standing on her high heels on the board.

The making of Lola

She caused a quite a stir at the show and after, she seems to be my most popular young lady so far.  I was taken totally by surprise by this, I think I had been so busy during the weeks on the run up to Cake International, that I made her, I was certainly happy with her, but then I’m rather partial to all my little figures, each one makes me proud and happy as their characters develop and they start to take shape, and straight off to the show.  So I wasn’t prepared for the reaction to her and even when she was awarded first in the decorative category I still had some tough competition against the other first in classes.  Then they announce it … the best in show – Rhu Strand – me, little ol me …. WOW WOW WOW ….. elated doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling, I won best in show against so many other talented people, my Lola had won …. it felt surreal and took some time to sink in, although I’m not sure it still has.




I an really looking forward to teaching a figure based on her style in France, in the Autumn and in 2016 on our French Cake Breaks, but in a slightly smaller format. A week learning sculpt a female and then dressing her in your own chosen style, which I will advise and help you with.  If you are interested she is the Advanced Standing Figure Project.

We also have a few places left on our beginners and smaller advanced weeks learning to make cake topper figures, including a bride and groom.

And as a little indication of how much practice makes perfect this is a picture of my figures when I started in 2009 I hope that this inspires you not to give up and keep pushing yourself and practising.



About Rhu Strand

Sugarpaste teacher passionate about figurines and modelling and enabling you to reach your potential. Teaching in Hampshire, around the UK and on cake decorating holidays in France
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