Great Victorian Radicals Bake Off at the Seattle Art Museum

A custard tart with a honeycomb pattern in mango, with yellow macarons, blackberries and raspberries.
Victoria’s Radicals. Victoria Finlon. Inspired by Honeysuckle Wallpaper, William Morris.

I got to attend the Great Victorian Radicals Bake Off at the Seattle Art Museum on August 29. The contest was for professional and amateur bakers to recreate the artwork from Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts + Crafts Movement in dessert format. (You can also see some of the artwork from the exhibit in the links above.)

(All photos are by me unless otherwise noted.)
A two tiered cake with a turquoise buttercream on top and a chocolate collar with turquoise accents on bottom. There is a cake propped against the cakes painted to look like a mother holding a short-haired blond child in a long gown to see lambs in a field.
Barn & Field Kitchen & Bakery – Jan Smail. Inspired by Pretty Baa Lambs, Ford Madox Brown.
A light-skinned woman in a blue robe a la Anglaise with ribbons in front shows a baby in a long gown a sheep. They are in a meadow with sheep and another woman in a green dress and straw hat is gathering
Pretty Baa Lambs, Ford Madox Ford. Via Seattle Art Museum.

The judges chose Jan Smail’s Barn & Field Kitchen & Bakery’s recreation of “Pretty Baa Lambs” (which has one of the most thousand-yard-stare children ever) as the winner–check out the cookie reproduction of the painting!

A chocolate layer cake with chocolate shavings on the side. A yellow peacock made of fondant and a passionfruit curd jelly on top.
Pinoy – Edward Villacorta. Inspired by Peacock Vase, William De Morgan.
The people’s choice went to Edward Villacorta’s Team Pinoy; he recreated the peacock from William De Morgan’s Peacock Vase in passionfruit curd and fondant on a chocolate cake. (See more on the KUOW write up.)
A two-handled clay vase glazed with an elaborate pattern with two peacocks in blue, cerulean, olive green and red.
William De Morgan’s peacock vase. Image by Seattle Art Museum via KUOW.
Here are some of the other entries. There are a few I didn’t get clear photos of, so I’m sorry if I missed your entry!
Image of a layer cake with peacock feathers made of fondant n navy, green, white, and purple.
Party with a K – Karen Okonkwo. Inspired by Peacock Vase, William De Morgan.

 

A rectangular cake in layers filled with buttercream. The top of the cake is a flat piece of chocolate work in red, yellow, brown, and white swirled. The top is a sculpted fondant brazier with marshmallow "flames."
Chaff House. Mariko Hirasawa. Inspired by Media, Frederick Sandys.
A cake sculpted to look like a round vase. The outside is covered in white fondant, which is painted to look like a vase with colorful peacocks on it.
Mama Mia – Mia Mihyung Kim. Inspired by Peacock Vase, William De Morgan.
Close up of tea cakes set in tea cups. The cakes are decorated with frosting flowers (roses and sunflowers).
Detail of The Victorian Wing – Jessie Wing. Inspired by Tea Set, William Arthur Smith Benson.
A silver tea set with tea cakes decorated with cream and strawberries.
Detail of The Victorian Wing – Jessie Wing. Inspired by Tea Set, William Arthur Smith Benson.
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Chef Bless It – Anthony Maurice Davis. Inspired by Tracery Light from Holy Trinity Church.
A layer cake made of thin sponge with filling. The top sponge has been piped in a pattern resembling a tulip and honeysuckle in blue, green, and pink, and baked.
La Liath Bakery – Marenka Dobes. Inspired by Honeysuckle Wallpaper, William Morris.
Detail of a layer cake. The top layers have vibrant turquoise frosting and four square cookies on top. The cookies have royal icing with a peacock feather design.
The Silver Offset – Natalie Howells. Inspired by Peacock Vase, William De Morgan.
A cake carved into a round shape to resemble a vase. The outside is frosted white with turquoise tulip patterns and fondant turquoise bird feet. There are currants as decorations and peacock feathers on top.
Enderlush – Nanette Thrush. Inspired by Peacock Vase, William De Morgan.
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Queen of Treats – Catherine O’Francia. Inspired by Garden of the Hesperides, Edward Burne Jones.

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