With hair made of noodles, this cake in the shape of an Einstein bust was a winner. With hair made of noodles, this cake in the shape of an Einstein bust was a winner. With hair made of noodles, this cake in the shape of an Einstein bust was a winner. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Cake in the shape of Einstein's head wins best in show

A former cop-turned-cake decorator makes an edible Einstein and wins top prize.

Albert Einstein has appeared in comic books, paintings and throughout pop culture. And now, we can add a big, beautiful cake to this list.

At a recent Cake International contest in London, the best in show award went to a cake that was in the shape of Albert Einstein's head (we're just glad it wasn't his brain). It is the highest accolade that any cake decorator could achieve. Others at the event included cakes in the shape of Batman and Superman.

The edible Einstein was created by Dawn Butler, a police officer-turned-cake decorator, from Nottingham, England. "Where Robin Hood is from," she tells From The Grapevine when we reach her by phone.

A detailed look at the face of the Einstein cake.A detailed look at the face of the Einstein cake. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

"There's no more iconic figure than Einstein," she explains of her choice to design a bust of the beloved genius. "I love his dedication. I love the fact that he didn't take life too seriously. I'm often referred to as the cake genius. So it was kind of tongue in cheek that I would create a genius in cake. It was really good fun."

She's not the only one who understand the physicist's iconic stature. "Einstein's face is the most recognizable face worldwide," Hanoch Gutfreund, the director of the Albert Einstein Archives at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, told From The Grapevine.

A closeup of Einstein's sweater on the cake.A closeup of Einstein's sweater on the cake. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

After retiring from the police force about a decade ago, Butler opened up cake decorating company called Dinkydoodle Designs. She's entered the international competition before, but has never received the top prize. Last year, she made a cake in the shape of the severed head of Ned Stark, a recently deceased character from HBO's "Game of Thrones." Needless to say, that didn't go over too well with the judging panel.

So how did she create her Einstein masterpiece? Many elaborate cakes are constructed with wooden or metal frames inside to help stretch the cake into a certain shape. "It was 3 o’clock in the morning. It was sort of a light bulb moment when I thought there's got to be an easier way than involving my husband with a drill and a saw, and loads of hot glue." Besides, she didn't want to wake up her two kids.

Dawn proudly holds up her first-place certificate after the show.Dawn proudly holds up her first-place certificate after the show. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

So she invented the Cake Frame, a food grade armature that you can make into any shape you can think of. It took nine months to get from a concept drawing to an actual working prototype. "It was my Einstein moment," she tells us.

The device is now sold all over the world. Butler, who's designed cakes for Britain's royal family, is now in Florida attending the South Florida Cake and Candy Expo where she'll be leading a few workshops. Want to see how the Cake Frame works? Watch Butler explain in the video below:

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