Gedney Drove End baker wins gold award at Birmingham cake show
A baker is celebrating after winning a gold award at a prestigious international cake show last month.
Christine Ticehurst is over the moon that her fan based design was chosen above hundreds of entries in the International Cake Show at the NEC in Birmingham.
Ms Ticehurst, from Gedney Drove End, first developed her love of baking as a child with her mother and grandmother.
She began her business EnTicing Cakes by Christine several years ago and since then has been baking cakes to add a special touch to big occasions.
Ms Ticehurst was thrilled to win the gold award at the show.
She said: "I was so chuffed to win a gold award. I didn't expect a gold as it is my first time of entering it.
"Ihoped to get somewhere but I didn't expect a gold so this means a lot."
Ms Ticehurst took her inspiration for the cake by combining an idea she had seen in a magazine with baubels to create a design that impressed the judges.
Over a three week period, she carefully crafted the intricate design which decorated the three tiers, while still also meeting her customers orders for amazing cakes and holding down a job.
Ms Ticehurst said: "I had seen baubles online and wanted to add them to the design.
"I have always liked black and then thought I would add the colours of white and gold."
Her effective fan based design is one of 1,800 entries which were submitted into the international cake show.
Hundreds of bakers and enthusiasts enjoyed browsing among the array of cake exhibits in the Birmingham NEC, which included a lifesized version of Villanelle from the BBC drama Killing Eve.
Other cake exhibts included Iorek the Armoured Bear from 'His Dark Materials' and a Wizard ofOz Creation.
Mrs Ticehurst was among the show's seven gold award winners.
Her had entered the three tiered wedding cake category which had 140 entries.
She said: "To get one of seven golds awards really did mean a lot to me."
Ms Ticehurst creates cupcakes along with larger pieces for weddings, christenings and other occasions in her kitchen over the last seven years.
She said: "I’ve been baking since I was a small child, encouraged by my mother, and my Nan.
"From an enjoyable pastime making small cakes and treats for family, I started taking an interest in cake decoration skills and completed a short part-time course whilst I was at college studying other subjects.
"I enjoyed the course so much I took over the traditional annual making and decorating the family Christmas cake from my father and was hooked."
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