Illustrating Ice Cream Competition

We asked you to illustrate the first ever ice cream recipe to be published in English.


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We asked you to illustrate the first ever ice cream recipe published in English, for the chance to win a pair of free tickets to House of Illustration and to SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World this summer.

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Zara Wilkins whose beautiful submission, pictured below, won our summer competition to illustrate Mary Eales' 18th century recipe.

Zara, an illustrator and student at UWE, Bristol, says "I've been doing a lot of 1700s illustrations recently... The type is hand made, and traced from the original recipe in its book. The objects are different tools used for making ice cream in that time - except for the cow!"  (@zaraewilkins)

This summer we asked you to illustrate this 18th century cookbook, inspired by Mary Eales' 1718 recipe explaining how ‘to ice cream’. 

You can see a selection of our favourite entries below and the winner won a pair of tickets to both House of Illustration and SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, as exhibition by The British Museum of Food exploring the past, present and future of ice cream through sensory immersion. Find out more.

Thank you to everyone who took part!

Below: illustration by calligrapher Gwyneth Hibbett (@gwynhib)

Below: illustration by cartoonist, illustrator and baker Amiluu\\Amy (@amiluu_scribble) who talks us through her research...

"I did research into 18th Century ice cream making and discovered some interesting info and scientific facts! To begin with, freezers weren't yet invented so people used to store their perishable foods in cool cellars, and collected ice from icey shores or shipped biiiiig amounts of ice from iceburgs and glaciers. 

Salt is vital to make this recipe work. When salt is added to ice it comes into contact with a thin layer of water on the surface of the melting ice. The salt dissolves and the water becomes salty. This salty water has a lower freezing point, so the temperature of the ice bath can get even colder, thus freezing the ice cream more quickly."

Above: illustration by Birmingham-based illustrator James Francis (@jamesfranc.illo)

Below: three stills from a gorgeous animation by Marta Zimanyi (@martissus). Watch it here

Below: Shirley Ellen Hottier's illustration - and step-by-step guide! (@shirley_ellen_h)

Below: Ice cream cherubs by Zinta Jaunitis, currently doing the Illustration MA at Camberwell College of Art (@zintajaunitis)

Above: Illustration by Ayah (@alarttar)

Below: Illustration by Giulia Pierobon who says: "Yesterday I made this illustration at the airport waiting my flight back to London.. how to deal with a flight delay of six hours" (@giulia.pierobon)

Above: By Ellen Ng @ellenfive 

Above: By illustrator Alex Hahn (@blop_a_gram)