Let them eat cake, says Latvian capital

As part of Rīga's annual city festival, a grand cake-off will take place in August with bakers and patissiers from far and wide battling for iced sponge supremacy.

The councours de cake will take place in historic Doma Laukums in the heart of the Latvian capital on August 19 at 16:30, so that's the date in the diary for all oven owners who fancy their chances and opportunist gluttons who fancy a free feed.

"The competition will be judged by a demanding jury and after the awards, we will all judge the cakes together," says official information, which strongly suggests mass consumption in the manner famously suggested by Marie Antoinette.

A promotional video from Rīga City Council offers some ideas, from a fondant Yoda for which royalties will likely be demanded by George Lucas, to a floral Victoria sponge that would surely delight Hyacinth Bucket, provided it was eaten with a sterling silver cake fork on the plate with Princess Diana's face on it.

The organizers also note that the bake-off is a "public, family friendly event" so the themes and forms depicted by the cakes should not be too fruity.

If you wish to compete for fattening-but-moreish glory with your own thrice-iced confection, or perhaps Grandma's notorious belt-strainer pudding recipe, you can fill in an application online to enter your creation for the comp. A postal entry is not advised as it is likely to get squashed or eaten by the postman.

Good luck and bon appetit! Oh alright, just one more slice. A small one. A bit bigger than that. Yes, that'll do. 

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