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Celebrating five years of cake couture: vote for your favorite

On October 23 The Berekley Hotel in London, England will be celebrating the all-time best of their  Prêt-à-Portea, the hotel's high (fashion) tea; this season the couture cake selection will be baked straight from the runway looks with your help.

Christina Norton at The Berkeley told Relaxnews on October 14, "the Pret-a-Portea concept [began] five years ago - and [we] are very excited to be celebrating its anniversary."

The final ten cakes in the running pay homage to looks and accessories from Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley with Manolo Blahnik, Anya Hindmarch, Giambattista Valli, Christian Louboutin, Fendi, Paul Smith, Jimmy Choo, Zac Posen, and Philip Treacy's past ten collections.

To see the cakes and cast your vote before October 17, go to:  http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/votepret. The winners are announced on October 23 and that will include voters that are shortlisted to win a two-night stay for two at The Berkeley along with a Prêt-à-Portea tasting.

If you are going to be in London you can still savor the couture cakes that are served daily from 1-5:30 pm in the Caramel Room. Norton added, "Our next collection will be based on the fashion runways from Spring Summer 2011 catwalk shows and will be out in April 2011."

Should you be more interested in eye candy take a peek at this year's candy couture collection from Dylan's Candy Bar (owned by Dylan Lauren, the daughter of renowned American designer Ralph Lauren) in New York City designed by students from Savannah College of Art and Design this September: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=241754&id=39332774328 

Plus, Salon du Chocolat, the annual traveling event devoted to the art and trade of chocolate, takes place October 28-November 1 in Paris and continues on to New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow and Madrid throughout 2010-11. At each event the hosting nation will highlight local fashion designers with a "choctabulous" fashion show. Tickets €9-12.50  http://www.salonduchocolat.fr/ 

See highlights from past chocolate runway shows around the world, go to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmtuYYaqReE