The Cake Off sponsored by Cake Stuff | Cake International

The Cake Off sponsored by Cake Stuff


The Cake Off sponsored by Cake Stuff

The Challenge
The Cake Off returns! This year see daily heats before a fantastic, frenetic final on Sunday in the Cake International Theatre! 

The Battles

Teams of three will have just 45 minutes to decorate a two-tiered cake (8 and 6 inch round) to a specified theme! 

The Prize

This year’s winning team take home a trophy and £500 courtesy of Cake Stuff. 

HEAT 1 – Friday 1pm, The Cake International Theatre

Theme: Halloween


TEAM 1 – The Whisktakers


Jen Lofthouse

Facebook @jenlofthousedarrowbycakes

Jen turned her hobby into a business and now delivers the wow factor to celebrations! She loves seeing the joy that her cakes bring to people, especially after all the time and love she puts in. She’s always developing new ideas for cakes and loves a challenge!

Gavin Puttick 

Instagram @puttycakes

Gavin is owner of Putty Cakes and an international Gold award-winning cake decorator/designer. Known in the cake world as ‘The Bagman’, he creates custom orders for parties, weddings and special occasions.

Enrique Rojas 

+Wedding Cake Designer 🇬🇧🇻🇪
+Cake Tutor
+UK Top 10 Cake Artist 2018
+Cake Masters Wedding Cake Award Winner 2018
+TWIA West Midlands Winner 


 TEAM 2 – The Cake Sopranos

Hardip Pabla

Instagram @perfectlovelycakes/

Perfect Lovely Cakes was founded by Hardip after 20 years in IT. Her passion for helping others succeed is her key motivator. She completed a Masters Certification & Professional Diploma in Sugarcraft, Royal Icing & Sugarflowers in 2014.

Michelle Postin

Instagram @meshellcakes

Michelle is a Paul Bradford taught and approved tutor who began making cakes in 2012 when her daughter got married.

She opened her own cake decorating shop in August 2018.



Danette Kessler 

Instagram @danettes_creative_corner 

Award-winning Cake Artist 👩‍🍳🏅

Astrophysicist 👩‍🔬

Mother of 3 💃

Owner of Danette‘s Creative Corner 🧚‍♀️🧝‍♀️



HEAT 2 – Saturday 1.15pm, The Cake International Theatre

Theme: Halloween


TEAM 1 – The Portuguese Girls

Ana Remígio 

Instagram @anamourinhoremigio/

After graduating, marriage and children – Ana found cake decorating. What began as a mere curiosity, became obsession! She loves to experiment to get bold and amazing results. Her work has been featured in press and magazines. Ana says “My passion achieved the impossible and turned sugar into emotions”.

Sophia Fox aka Sofia Raposo

Instagram @sophiafoxcakeartstudio

This architect discovered creative pastry and fell in love! She has participated in competitions and been published in Cake Art Magazines. In 2015 she opened the Sophia Fox Cake Art Studio in Portugal, teaching modelling, painting, textured cakes and wafer paper flowers.


Sophia Salvador

Facebook @Mnhammy

This self taught cake artist is the designer behind Mnhammy. A mum of three, she loves all different forms of art (sculpting and millefiori techniques) and all kinds of cakes! She says, “It´s very difficult for me to choose a favourite technique, it’s all a great challenge!!!”

 TEAM 2 – Sophisticaked

Cara Maiden

Facebook @thepolkadotteapot 

Cara owns vintage tearoom The Polkadot Teashop and is a multi award-winning Cake Artist creating bespoke cakes for all occasions. Cara received 1st place in Wedding Cakes at Cake International 2016 and cant wait to take part in this year’s Cake Off!

Carol Smith

Instagram @cakesbycarol

Carol is a Gold award-winning cake designer and runs Cakes by Carol in Peterborough.  She developed the ‘Sharp Edge Smoother’ which was shortlisted for the Cake Masters Best Product Award 2018. She is well known for creative ruffles and alternative techniques.

Sarah Garland 

Instagram @thecraftykitchen

Owner of The Crafty Kitchen, based in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, she produces bespoke Wedding & Celebration cakes. Sarah has 10 years industry experience with her work featured in several cake decorating magazines and is a sugarcraft tutor and junior judge.

The Cake Off Final

Sunday 11am, Cake International Theatre

2019 Cake Off Judges


   Emma Jayne

“Coming from a background in fine art as a portrait artist, I founded Emma Jayne Cake Design in 2012 to use my skills in art in a different form. I started out designing celebration cakes and slowly moved into Bespoke Wedding Cakes. I started teaching sugarcraft classes in 2012. In 2013 I won my first Cake International gold award.  I have created several life-sized pieces for Cake International – including a Mak Turang wedding dress, the Warhorse and film characters. I was awarded Cake artist of the Year 2017 by the Cake Masters awards. I continue to make bespoke wedding and celebration cakes, teaching sugarcraft and creating giant exhibits”.

Ben Cullen

Ian Stewart:Ian Stewart Bridal

Ian Stuart always had a passion for fashion, art, music and theatre. Specialising in bridal and evening wear design during his fashion education, he won many student awards. Ian trained at Belville Sassoon couture house, giving him invaluable knowledge of cut, proportion, balance and wearability. He created bi-annual collections for leading bridal and evening wear manufacturers before moving to New York to create bridal wear labels sold worldwide. He launched London based bridal wear brand The Collection Designed by Ian Stuart Ltd, an instant success attracting international publicity,  and providing brides-to-be with luxurious and diverse pieces.

Head Judge David Close

Originally from Greenisland in Northern Ireland (a small estate outside Carrickfergus), David served 27 years in the RAF learning his trade as a Chef. He caught the competition bug in the late seventies gaining numerous awards from nothing to Gold and Best in Class along the way.  He caught the sugarcraft bug after making his brother’s wedding cake – when there was no ready-made sugarpaste or commercial products – requiring him to learn the craft from the very basics.






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