“Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
There are some works in one’s life that are fulfilling to a point, where all the aspects of one’s existence, one’s self seem to fall into place and gain real meaning.
Making sugar art that draws inspiration from folk heritage have always been such a deep, real activity for me.
Egg shoeing is an old egg decorating technique. According to Hungarian oral traditions, egg shoeing was invented by village blacksmiths to prove their skills by creating an egg which was shod by miniature horseshoes. This technique is currently in decline due to the decreasing number of blacksmiths; it is mainly practiced in arts and crafts workshops, fairs. Making a cake resembling this technique proofed to be a true joy for my heart, and its masculine appearance really is unique.
The featured in the Hungarian Margyar Konyha Magazin and in the famous Cake Masters Magazine.
The current world record holder of egg shoeing is the Hungarian József Koszpek, who used 1119 pieces in decorating an ostrich shell. He also holds various related records: 34 pieces of iron on a shoed parrot egg, 146 pieces of iron on shoed chicken eggs, 35 pieces of iron on shod goose eggs, 598 pieces of iron on shoed emu eggs…
I did not count the number of sugar pearls used when assembling this cake, but maybe I should have done…However, the fantastic Sziszik Daniel Photography has preserved my work for eternity, with his breathtaking images and great video footage! Unforgettable experience…