Drumroll please – here are your winners…
Most Enjoyable Teaching Experience
Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School
Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School offers a wide range of online courses in different styles that are suitable for beginners to more advanced decorators. Their wide appeal and varied subject matter is clearly popular, and the fact you don’t have to step outside your door to learn something new makes it a winner for everyone!
Most Innovative Product of 2017
Cake Craft World – The Easiest Peony Ever Cutter
Making flowers can often be quite an involved, time-consuming process, and when you need to create hundreds of them to decorate a large cake, it can be a little overwhelming. Enter The Easiest Peony Ever Cutter. It costs just £11.99 and comes with two sizes of petal cutter so you can create a variety of beautiful blooms in minutes.
Best Supermarket Buy
Dr. Oetker shimmer spray
Who doesn’t want to add a little more sparkle to their lives? It’s no real surprise then, that Dr Oetker’s shimmer spray took top spot in this category. The perfect supermarket buy as it’s quick and easy to use, meaning even true beginners can get pleasing results instantly.
Highly commended: Cake Décor Mirror Glaze Cake Covering
We couldn’t resist awarding a highly commended in this category as Cake Décor’s Mirror Glaze Cake Covering is such a great innovation and really opens up the world of cake decorating to everyone. The effect is so trendy at the moment that it was a smart move to introduce such a clever product to the supermarkets as everyone will want to achieve the effect without too much effort!
Best for Beginners
Sugar and Crumbs Flavoured Icing Sugar
Cake decorating isn’t just about what the cake looks like, but what it tastes like too – and that can put a lot of pressure on beginners in particular. So with Sugar and Crumbs’ delicious range of flavoured icing sugars (and there are some pretty impressive flavours on offer), beginners can just concentrate on perfecting their piping skills.
Best Customer Service
The Cake Decorating Company
The Cake Decorating Co. have been refining their customer service for years, and it’s clearly paid off as you’ve voted them as your winner. Quick delivery and helpful advice make this number one.
Best Sugarpaste Brand
Widely stocked and available in a great selection of colours, Renshaw’s sugarpaste has always been a cake decorator’s essential and now it’s official! It’s so easy to use that it’s perfect for decorators of all skill levels, and they’re always bringing out new additions like their Belgian Chocolate Modelling Paste, tempting us to try something new.
Most Useful Cake Decorating Tool
Wilton Ultra Cake Turn Table
Once you’ve tried using a cake turn table once, you won’t turn back – it really is the decorator’s best friend, particularly when you’re icing or covering a cake. The platform rotates in both directions and can be locked into place too, so it’s perfect for all your needs.
Highly commended: Sugar and Crumbs Nifty Nozzles
Many fakes have made it onto the market over the last couple of years, but Nifty Nozzles are the genuine article and it shows with the quality. There are lots of different tips available to help you pipe everything from tulips to roses and starbursts – fantastic!
Sugarflair Concentrated Food Colours
Sugarflair is one of the most popular brands of food colouring thanks to the fact a pot goes a very, very long way! The colours are very concentrated, so you just need to dip the end of a cocktail stick into the pot to cover a large amount of paste. There’s a great variety of shades too, which is always appreciated by a decorator looking for exactly the right colour.
Renshaw have over 100 years of expertise in baking and cake decorating, so it’s no surprise that they’ve won the best brand category. Covering everything from sugarpaste and modelling paste to royal icing and frostings, their products are easy to use, and importantly, taste great! Well deserved winners.
Cake Decorator of the Year
Zoe’s modern, striking decorating style wins her fans around the world. She's the author of several best-selling cake decorating books, which have helped thousands of decorators to take their skills to the next level. She’s had cakes featured in prestigious venues such as The Savoy, Claridges, Blenheim Palace and The Ritz, and really is an inspiration to us all!
Cake Craft Shop, Bromley
This shop received a lot of votes and is clearly a favourite with cake decorators far and wide. When we asked why it should win, one of the voters explained… “The ladies here can never do enough for you. They are always willing to help with your queries and have amazing knowledge. I have a cake shop less than 5 minutes from where I live, however I always drive the 20-25 minutes to the Cake Craft Shop instead because of the great service they provide. Thank you ladies!"