Even charity cake decorating competitions have been unable to escape a dousing of rugby fever with an All Black jersey winning the third annual Silky Oak Cake Couture charity competition that raised funds for the Brain Injury Trust.
The director of Taradale's chocolate village, Jeanette Darwen, said the cake decorating competition attracted more entrants this year, with over 30 cakes submitted.
"We are really pleased with the quality of the cakes, and found it difficult to judge," she said.
"Without these people all willing to give of their time, we would not be able to run events like this, for such a worthwhile cause."
This year, the themed category was "Kiwiana" and over the weekend the cakes were viewed by the public and auctioned.
Tomorrow, a floral arranging competition is being held for the trust at Silky Oak, with entries closing at 1pm. Mrs Darwen said last year's proceeds raised more than $4000, enough to buy a shower chair for people with brain injuries at Hawke's Bay Hospital.
Overall Winner: Tiki Scullen.
EIT Students: 1st, Ute Rank; 2nd, Trish Roberts; 3rd equal Blair Glenny and Luisa Ocampa; Highly Commended, Paul Forster.
Amateur Kiwiana Themed: 1st, Josephine Boyd; 2nd, AnneMarie Earwicker; 3rd equal, Kerri Burgess and Donna Scott; Highly Commended, Chris Darby.
Amateur Open: 1st, Chris Darby; 2nd, AnneMarie Earwicker; 3rd, Cassandra Blundell.
Children: 1st, Brenna Lee; 2nd, Adele Green; 3rd, Claire Downey; 4th, Bailee Roberts; Highly Commended, Chloe McGill, Felicity Green, Alice Downey, and Emma Downey.