Hospital chef sews up second gold baking award this year

A chef at North Devon District Hospital has won her second national gold award within a year for a novelty cake – a stunning recreation of a sewing basket that is edible down to the last needle, button and strand of cotton.

Meg Davis' award winning cake

Meg Davis’s latest success came at the Salon Culinaire event, which brings together hundreds of entrants each year from Sodexo, the firm which runs catering, cleaning, portering and other support services for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

The cake is made of Madeira sponge and covered with sugar paste. All the contents of the box are individually made of sugar paste. The completed cake and decorations took some 30 hours to complete.

Earlier in the year, Meg won the same category at the Hotelympia catering event, which brings together catering staff from across the hospitality sector.

The latest success comes as the Northern Devon team also notched up two wins in the annual Sodexo Star awards at the end of 2010:

  • The national award for service excellence in facilities management
  • The southern regional award for additional services (shop and Yoo Cafe on Level 2 at NDDH, and security)

Meg said: “Although it took a lot of time and demanded a great deal of concentration to make the contents as realistic as possible, winning the gold medal along with the Best in Class against very strong competition made it all worthwhile.”

Previous cakes by Meg Davis that won gold or silver medals at Salon Culinaire

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Last updated: March 6, 2018


  1. I have never seen anything more incredible in my 68 years of life!! All the cakes were absolutely amazing!!

  2. simply amazing and breathtaking. I would not want to cut ant of these they’re far too pretty and realistic

  3. Loved your cakes they are works of art, they look so perfect that i would not let anyone eat them. Congratulations on having such great tlet, wish i could watch you make them.

  4. Facebook page ~ Ethel and josie. Hi just wanted to say what a fabulous cake -absolutely love it. Cant believe it is a cake! Saw it on facebook and just had to msg you. Very talented 🙂

  5. Muito lindo! Adoraria ter um assim… deve estar uma delicia!! Parabéns a confeiteira!!

  6. Wow! The delicateness of this project and the coloring is more than amazing. Maybe she should send a picture to Ace of Cakes TV show. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I wish my needlebasket was so neat & so fantastically conjured from sugar, colour and patience. Thank you for sharing, from Downunder..

  8. This is just absolutely amazing. I cannot imagine the amount of PATIENCE you must have. Your attention to detail is SUPERB! I look at cakes (almost) on a weekly basis & this is one of the best I have ever seen, a friend shared it with me on facebook. CONGRATS on your award, you most definitely deserved it! =)

  9. Absolutely dumbfounded n gobsmacked at how amazing this cake is. Not only is it a cake, it is also a piece of edible artistry! The thought of the amount of blood sweat n tears that must have gone into the making of this cake is mind boggling! A huge congratulations to an extremely well deserved and hard working chef. Have u considered a facebook page if you havnt already got one? I would definately love to follow your’e cakemaking carear xx

  10. The measuring tape, the needles-Fantastic! My jaw dropped. What talent & love I see in this cake!

  11. Unbelievable. Well done. I decorate cakes as a part time job and hope that one day I can create something as good as that. Lots of patience needed I guess. Anyway congratulations from a very warm and sunny Spain

  12. Wat een prachtige taart, ongelooflijk dat je dit zo goed hebt nagebootst, het lijkt 100% echt.

  13. Brilliant work … thought you’d like to know that your creation is making the rounds of quilters worldwide – Canada says “yes”

  14. A truly stunning creation worthy of the Gold Award. I would want to sit and look at it forever not eat it LOL.
    Well done Meg :0)

  15. What an amazing and clever cake!! It so detailed and to be honest I wouldn’t want to eat it because its just too cute. Congratulations on the win.. you deserve it!

  16. This is tremendous…what at God given talent….This is amazing…wish I could eat a roll of thread…Great job


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