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The Cake Categories


The cake design awards are for real cakes, made for real clients, by real cake businesses. So, no display cakes, or competition entries please.

There are 6 cake categories to enter by submitting images of your work. You can enter as many cakes and categories as you want. To enter a cake costs £20 and the more cakes you enter the bigger the discount you get (up to 15%). To make entry a little easier…


From Sept 1st to Sept 30th

Each category winner gets a prize of £500 and the national winner title for their category:

  • Wedding Cake (1-3 tiers)

  • Wedding Cake (4+ tiers)

  • Celebration Cake (1 tier)

  • Celebration Cake (2+ tiers)

  • Buttercream Cake

  • Sculpted Cake

Out of the 6 national category winners one cake will receive the Cake of the Year title, an additional £1,000 cash prize, and will be flown out to Spain to film a tutorial of their cake with CakeFlix.

With prizes that good we are a rather sad we can’t enter ourselves!

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Entering a cake


Entering the awards is really easy. Just click on the entry link below, create your entry with some images, pay and you are all set!

Winners will be selected for each of the 10 regions and cake categories. Those regional winners will then go forward to see if they will win the national title.

Last but definitely not least one of the 6 national winners will be selected to win Cake of the Year.

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Cake Design Eligibility

Each business who enter must meet the general criteria and each cake entered must:

  • be your design.

  • have been made between 1/12/18 and 30/11/19.

  • have been a genuine commission that was cut and eaten (please DO NOT submit cakes that were gifts, photoshoot cakes, display cakes or cakes made for cake competitions)

  • Be at least 50% real cake. (If for a professional reason it was necessary to have less than this you can enter the cake and provide a reason for consideration).

Nominees to be regional winners will be contacted to provide proof of these before they are awarded the regional win.


Cake Design Judging


Judges will judge the cakes on the basis of originality, design and quality of finish.

Judging Process

Judging will be blind. When the judges see the cake there will be no identifying markers. Each judge will not know how the other judges scored the cake. It will be completely impartial.

The judging will be in 3 stages:

Regional – for each cake category the judges will select their highest scoring cakes for each region and choose a winner from those high scoring cakes. If no cake is of a sufficiently good standard then there will be no winner for that region. Regional winners will be announced in February.

National – the judges will choose a national winner from the regional winners. The winner will be announced at the Awards Celebration on March 2nd.

Cake of the Year – out of all the national winners all the cake category judges will choose the Cake of the Year. The winner of this award will be announced at the Awards Celebration on March 2nd.


Cake Category Judges

Wedding &

Celebration Cakes


Suzanne Thorpe (Head Judge) - the frostery

Suzanne Thorp is a visionary cake artist and instructor who has been creating cakes professionally for over twenty years. She owns and runs the Manchester based cake studio, The Frostery, overseeing a team of four. Initially learning her craft at her parents bakery, Suzanne studied cake decorating at Salford college. She has a Certificate of Education and spent several years teaching children and adults cake decorating skills. Suzanne is best known for her beautifully detailed, award winning wedding cakes using traditional and modern techniques with artistic expression and for her regular appearances on the Channel 4 series ‘Extreme Cake Makers’. Suzanne is a Cake International Judge and has been the guest judge for this year’s Baking Industry Awards and she is also a Kenwood Brand Ambassador.


Enrique Rojas - have+some+cake

Enrique’s Work is bursting with colour and packed with new ideas. He uses materials in innovative ways to mix textures and add new dimensions to his designs. The most remarkable thing is that, despite not two cakes looking the same , his style still shines through in every one

ENRIQUE is the Winner of CAKE MASTERS Wedding Cake Awards 2018 , a TOP 10 UK Cake Artist in 2018 , TWIA West Midlands Regional Winner , Cake International Competition Award, International Tutor and Speaker.


dominique pickering - poppy Pickering

Dominique’s wedding cakes and style are instantly recognisable and she is known for modern, commercial pretty sugar floral wedding cakes. Poppy Pickering are proud to have been awarded NATIONAL Wedding Cake Designer of the Year, 2016 with the TWIA and her work is also regularly featured in many leading bridal publications.


krishanthi-cakes by KRIshanthi

Cakes by Krishanthi, which was founded in 2010, is now recognised as one of the leading bespoke cake design studios in the world.

Excellence is key across every single aspect of this small and perfectly formed business. Krishanthi’s eye for exquisite detail, as well as her innate artistic skills, culinary talent and thoughtful approach to customer service guide every aspect of her business. Her aim is all round perfection.

Krishanthi Armitt personally oversees the entire production process, from the choice of organic ingredients through to the design and creation of the extraordinarily beautiful and delicately detailed sugar flowers which have crystallised her reputation. Krishanthi’s exquisite life like sugar flowers have also captured the attention of the press, both nationally and internationally. Her work is featured regularly in the press, e.g Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vogue Japan, Vogue India.

Cakes by Krishanthi works with prestigious hotels/venues/private member’s club such as The Lanesborough, The Ritz, Claridge’s , Four Seasons Trinity Square, The Ned, Soho Farmhouse, Aynhoe Park, Annabel’s.  

Celebration &

Sculpted Cakes


THE Tattooed Bakers (Lead Judges)

The Tattooed Bakers are a London based team of artists, headed by creative duo Rich and Eddie, that push the boundaries between food, cake and art.

They work with all things edible to create ambitious awe-inspiring works of food art, from large scale immersive installations to smaller bespoke creations that really get people talking.

They have a wicked sense of humour and artistic flair for creating high-impact concepts. Nothing is impossible!

Highlights have included a 3m tall Gingerbread House, building a life-size flying Delorean cake complete with flux capacitor and time circuits and making life-size talking Star Wars Droids!


Dawn Butler - Dinkydoodle

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Zoe Hopkinson - Zoe’s Fancy Cakes

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Buttercream Cakes


Thao Armstrong is the founder of Don’t Tell Charles (DTC), creator of the original Concrete Cake and a leader in the contemporary buttercream cake movement in Australia and across the world. 

Don’t Tell Charles is a modern designer cake studio and workshop located in Kensington, Victoria. Known for their innovative and trend-setting buttercream cake designs and techniques, DTC hosts regular sold out workshops at their Kensington studio and in cities around the world, including Sydney, London, Singapore & Auckland. The DTC Online school currently enrolls over 6000 students globally. 

Clean lines and sharp edges are synonymous with Thao and Don’t Tell Charles. A self-taught cake designer with a background in Landscape Architecture, Thao’s sources of inspiration have always been architecture, interior, art and design. Her goal is to push the boundary between where one design field ends and another begins; to inspire and empower people to explore and embrace their own unique artistic voice and to appreciate that there is no right or wrong when it comes to art.

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