EDIBLE art was brought to books by The Hills Shire Library Service on Thursday, with fairytales and children’s classics dominating the winning entries of Books 2 Devour.
The competition asked people to create a cake based on their book of choice and enter it into youth, open, business or fondant-free categories.
Caitlin Brown, 13, watched her hands turn green as she shaped the individual leaves and towering stalk of her Jack and the Beanstalk entry in the past week, to win the youth section of the competition for the second year in a row.
‘‘I like the story,’’ she said of her decision to make a cake based on the fairytale.
‘‘I used chocolate mud cake, and fondant for the decorations.’’
There was also a staff category, where the creators of Seussical Cupcakes and a cake based on Marcus Pfister’s Rainbow Fish were victorious.
Of the 31 entries in this year’s competition, many were from young people.
Olivia Cetnik, 9, took out second place in the youth section for her Hansel and Gretel inspired gingerbread house.
Business section winner Renee Ingram crafted a Wille the Wimp themed entry which dealt with the subject of bullying. She entered her first cake into the Hawkesbury Show at age eight and her skill and love of decorating has since grown.
‘‘I just liked the concept of being different and trying to believe in yourself [in the book], so I thought what better way than to make it into cake,’’ she said.
‘‘That was my journey with cake decorating.’’