Hyderabad: Several WhatsApp users are sharing a video of a doll-like cake frosted with icing that resembles an Indian traditional green dress. They claim that this cake was made by an Indian baker who won a prize for an international cake baking and decoration competition.
The viral message reads, "This is a cake made by an Indian baker for an international cake baking and decoration competition. Obviously he won the prize." The post had became viral on Twitter and YouTube.
The claim that this cake was made by an Indian baker is false.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found several similar pictures on an Instragam profile named 'Cuppela'. The images were captioned, "My contribution for Incredible India Cake Collaboration. Special thanks to @tinascottparashar for giving me the opportunity to be part of this amazing collaboration."
We then looked on the social accounts of Incredible 'India Cake Collaboration' and found the same video on its page. This was also credited to 'Cuppela'.
NewsMeter then contacted Tina Scott Parashar, founder of 'Incredible India Cake Magazine' for clarification on who the cake artist is. She dismissed the rumours and clarified that the cake artist is Singaporean and not Indian. She said, "This cake was made by a Singaporean artist, Cathryn Cuppela, specifically for my magazine and collaboration - Incredible India Cake Magazine. This has gone viral but the information that is going around is incorrect. She was a finalist for the Front cover Competition for my magazine as well."
Tina Scott Parashar is an award-winning cake artist who has been named as one of the Top Ten Cake Artists in India in 2017 and 2018 by Cake International, UK. She is the founder and editor at Incredible India CAKE Magazine. Tina had organized an online competition for the cover page of her magazine Incredible India Cake Magazine in April 2021 and more than 150 artists had participated from all around the world. One such participant was Singapore-based artist Cathryn Cuppela who had made a cake that is shown in the viral video. Cuppela was the finalist of this front cover contest and her cake came second.
Hence, it is clear that the claim of this cake being made by an Indian baker is false. The cake was made by a Singaporean cake artist, Cathryn Cuppela, for a competition held by Incredible India Cake Magazine.