You may be really excited by the illusion theme but worried you may not be 'good' enough to enter. Perhaps you're concerned you don't have the time, or you have too many other deadlines? Don't worry, we've been speaking to the winners and runners up of 2016 and 2017's competitions, to show you that entering a competition is always worth a try! With past entrants who had never touched an airbrush before and another who was 40 weeks pregnant on the competition's closing date, here's some motivation from competitions not long past!
Winner: Nicola Gerrans
"I had recently been setting up my cake business and winning GBCD 2017 really gave me the confidence boost I needed to go for it!"
Runner Up: Angela Roberts
"My main challenge was trying not to give birth before completing the cake - my due date was the day the competition closed!"
Runner Up: Romilda Fraterman
"My motto is always to just dare to try!"
Runner Up: Zoe Smith
"I entered the competition last year and when I saw this year's theme, I decided I had to try again! I was so excited to make the final ten... I'm now a tutorial contributor for the magazine!"
Runner Up: Sarah Jones
"I am self-taught and often use the techniques I've learned from the magazine to make my cakes... I just thought it would be fun to give the competition a try!"
Runner Up: Claire Diggle
"I wanted to enter a competition to challenge myself... exploring the structure building technique was something new for me."
Runner Up: Joanne Chau
"The theme really inspired me to participate."
Theme: Twelve Days of Christmas
Winner: Zoe Burmester
"I would say to anyone considering enterting the competition: just go for it!"
Runner Up: Veronica Seta
"Know the importance of having proper voice and style in cake design."
Runner Up: Zoe Smith
"Creating characters is my favourite thing to do, so I was drawn to the human elements of the song."
Runner Up: Julie Cain
"Everything I know has come from online classes, magazines, books, lots of practice and even more mistakes."
Get clued up on entering competitions with CD&S here.