This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
AU
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions >  Latest Articles > Great British Cake Decorator Winner 2017

Great British Cake Decorator Winner 2017
Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine

Great British Cake Decorator Winner 2017

Posted Tuesday, 19 December 2017   |   926 views   |   Food & Drink   |   Comments (0) We talk fondant and fairytales with the 2017 winner of our Great British Cake Decorator competition, Nicola Gerrans of Nicola Gerrans Cake Design

How does it feel to be named Great British Cake Decorator of 2017?

I’m not sure that it has quite registered with me just yet! The other finalists were all so amazing, I had no idea mine would get any further than that – it was such a huge surprise.

 

What inspired you to enter the competition?

I absolutely love working within a theme, that definitely caught my eye and had me reaching for my drawing pencils almost instantly. I came up with four completely different fairytale designs I wanted to make so it took a few weeks before I could decide on which one to go with.

 

Is fairytale a favourite style of yours?

Yes, my daughter Lola, is a real fairy princess at heart; she definitely inspires a lot of my work, and all of my children’s expectations seem to get higher with each birthday cake!

 

Is there any artist who inspires your fairytale cake creations?

My favourite cake artist is Maggie Austin, I’m completely in awe of her work. I’ve taken her Craftsy classes which were amazing and I’m currently studying her exquisite book. It’s definitely a style that I aspire to.

 

 

Had you practised any of the elements of the design?

I didn’t. I really should have but I was unsure initially that I would actually be brave enough to enter so it was definitely a case of seeing how it went and whether it turned out how I had planned it to, which fortunately it did! I planned it out in quite a detailed sketch though so I kept that next to me all the way through and tried to keep it to plan as much as possible.

 

What is your favourite detail?

I love making autumnal designs. My favourite things to make are sugar leaves and berries, I enjoy spending time making them look as real as I can.

 

What part of the composition was the biggest challenge?

I really wanted it to look as realistic as possible, that was my main challenge.  There are so many Cinderella themed cakes that have been done and I really wanted to try and find a different way of using the theme. The ‘moss’ board took some thinking about; in my head I knew how I wanted it all to look but executing it was much more difficult!


For the full interview and more from our blog go to https://www.hobbies-and-crafts.co.uk/cake-craft/news/ 

For more great articles like this get the New Trends 2018 issue of Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine below or subscribe and save.

Single Issue - September 2018 Replica Edition included
$5.99
Or 599 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.33 per issue
SAVE
49%
$39.99
Or 3999 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.83 per issue
SAVE
36%
$22.99
Or 2299 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.49 per issue
SAVE
25%
$4.49
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine

Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft is the world’s leading monthly magazine for all those interested in cake decoration and sugarcraft. Every issue has 8 to 12 complete projects for you to make. These include wedding cakes, novelty cakes, floral decorations and anniversary cakes. Each one has clear instructions and step-by-step photographs. We give you full details of the equipment and ingredients you need plus tips and techniques for getting the perfect results.

More great content like this...

For more great articles like this subscribe to Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine today.

Most read articles this month


ALEX HILDRED: MARY ROSE DIVER

ALEX HILDRED: MARY ROSE DIVER

When she took up scuba 40 years ago, Alexandra Hildred had no idea that her life would become inextricably linked with a Tudor warship. Now the Mary Rose Trust’s Head of Research and Curator of Ordnance & Human Remains, she tells STEVE WEINMAN about the lead-up to the raising of the iconic wreck, still one of the biggest such operations ever attempted. More...
The 5 Best Photography Magazines

The 5 Best Photography Magazines

Here at pocketmags.com, we have the 5 best photography magazines to inspire and inform your skills and get you snapping away with your beloved camera of choice! More...
5 Digital Magazines for Spring

5 Digital Magazines for Spring

Here at Pocketmags, we simply cannot wait to welcome in a new season of bloom and blossom. Jumpstart your motivation with our selection of 5 digital magazines for spring. More...
The 5 Best Arts & Crafts Magazines

The 5 Best Arts & Crafts Magazines

From the early days of digging our hands into playdough and getting messy with paper mache, to growing up and learning how to meticulously operate a needle and thread for the very first time, we will always have the wonderful movement of arts and crafts to thank for these simple pleasures of life. More...
The 5 Best Gardening Magazines

The 5 Best Gardening Magazines

It’s time to literally stop and smell the roses and grow a patch of paradise that you can not only enjoy but also, be the proud owner of. Give the birds and butterflies a reason to mingle amongst the tulips and a chance for your garden to be the best it can be. More...
The 5 Best Caravan & Motorhome Magazines

The 5 Best Caravan & Motorhome Magazines

Get ready to pack your things and go - it’s time to hit the road Jack! Put the pedal to the metal and ride the route until the sun goes down - after all, it’s about the journey, not the destination. More...
Who Will Get Your Nomination? Total Film or Empire

Who Will Get Your Nomination? Total Film or Empire

Pocketmags is celebrating another year of incredible filmmaking by reflecting on two of our top selling digital film magazines, Total Film magazine and Empire magazine. More...
The 5 Best Food Magazines

The 5 Best Food Magazines

Our trusty list of the 5 best food magazines will help to inspire your inner chef and create the everyday meals you can start getting excited about. More...
The 5 Best Art & Painting Magazines

The 5 Best Art & Painting Magazines

With the 5 best art and painting magazines from Pocketmags, you’ll never be stuck staring at a blank canvas for hours again. Discover the expert advice, guidance, tutorials and motivation you need to create the art and paintings you love! More...
The 5 Best Knitting Magazines

The 5 Best Knitting Magazines

To help pass a rainy day away or to practice amongst friends, knitting is one of the great historical pastimes suitable for anyone, anywhere. At Pocketmags we have the 5 best knitting magazines to help get the needle in motion! More...
Vouchers Gift Cards A magazine subscription is the perfect gift but you'll need something to show on the big day. View All
Ways to Pay Pocketmags Payment Types
At Pocketmags you get Secure Billing Great Offers HTML Reader Gifting options Loyalty Points