The Great British Bake-Off has clearly had an impact, in that stories like this exist. But a Birmingham-based cake decorating competition has entered the foray of international politics for the 5th of November.
A Hong Kong protest-themed cake, featuring the V For Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask as originally designed by David Lloyd, made famous (and merchandisable) by the movie, and adopted by Anonymous, has been disqualified by Cake International, the organisers of the event with the creators claiming "political censorship".
The competition which attracts international entrants included an entry by a baker from the 3rd Space cafe in Hong Kong. As well as the mask, it included tear gas and a Hong Kong protester in black wearing a yellow hard hat and holding an umbrella. A music box placed inside the cake also played "Glory to Hong Kong" on loop.
I mean that could have disqualified the cake for pure annoyance factor. Cake International has said it was because one element of the cake was oversized. But 3rd Space state that Cake International only decided to take action after it received numerous complaints from Chinese candidates, who said the cake featured offensive content and promoting the independence of Hong Kong.
First, the organisers turned the music off and then told the makers that the cake would be removed, later releasing a statement saying the cake was removed due to complaints, saying that some had threatened to damage the piece. But then clarified that the cake was separately disqualified as one of its elements – a fondant umbrella – had hung over the allowed area. "Oversized exhibits will be disqualified. This entry was not removed as a political statement."