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Donna Hay challenge # 2; the results!

Bundt cake by Magda from Magda's Cauldron

Bundt cake by Magda from Magda’s Cauldron

The results of the 2nd Donna Hay challenge is in… Either this was too complicated or all my Plate to Page friends were too busy doing something else.. ๐Ÿ™‚ In any case; there are less entries then for the first round but it’s quality that counts and not quantity so I’m really happy with the entries this month. I think we all agree on one thing and that is that this cake is truly delicious. Worth the making for sure!

In terms of the image that came closest to the original in atmosphere and mood is I think this one from Magda. The opening image here. Yes, sure she did not have a round wooden board, but as I have mentioned before; it is perfectly ok to use a substitute. No need to go out and buy all sort of stuff (although, if you need a shopping excuse.. be my guest) It’s maybe a bit darker then the original. I made that same mistake too actually as in my mind the image was darker then what it turned out to be on closer inspection of the image. Which goes to show that your eyes do play tricks on you. In terms of Magda’s image I love the way her icing drips over the cake. Yes it is a little bit too thin but still it looks so tempting to me!

The difficulty in this image was – when working with natural light – that you were forced to block out some of the light making using a black flags as they are called. I think all in all a great exercise and if you haven’t seen them already; go and have a look at the other entries. You can find the links below:


Astrid from Paulchens foodblog, did an amazing job, which you can see here

Laura from Tiramisu’s entry can be found here.. She came in close second as my favorite so well done for the first entry!

Athena, also first time entry ever has a blog linked to her photography site and she also took a shot of her setup which is really interesting. Check it out here. I loved her entry and thought the colors looked very similar to the original!

And then ofcourse Magda’s from Magda’s Cauldron, whose image appears at the top of this page! You can read her entry here

And let’s not forget my lame attempt with a broken Bundt cake.. You can see it here, if you must know.. Will do better for next time! Recipe you can find there too!

Which one is your favorite?


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  1. This is a wonderful challenge, and so interesting to see how the different cooks and photographers tackle it. It also so happens that I love lemon cake, so I’m very happy to get the recipe, as well!

  2. Thank you. I’m blushing, it means so much to hear such nice words from the professional photographer. I’m happy you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. WOW! That is a really cool photograph. Love how the icing is dripping off onto the cooling rack! I’m really sorry I have missed out so far on these challenges. We went away on vacation just at the wrong time. I must go and see who entered the first round. Hugs xx

  4. Lovely entries! Well done verybody.



  5. Yes it is a great effort sofar;))

  6. This is so much fun and challenging! I can’t wait to see what the next challenge will be.

  7. Loved participating in this — the challenge is just what I need! Great job on all the other entries, liked seeing the different interpretations. And the cake was probably one of the best lemon cakes I’ve had; reminds me of the lemon pound cake I used to get at Starbucks but don’t need to anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope to join in on the 3rd round.

  8. My favorite is Astrid’s because she has some depth to her background, more like the original. Although the top is too lit, the cake itself looks amazingly delicious. I think at the end of the day, I choose the one I would most want to eat. But everyone did a great job; that was a hard challenge.

  9. I like them all. Everyone did a great job!

  10. Gorgeous photos!! Now there are multiple images to tempt us to make this cake!

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