Judges

Julie Simon

Julie Simon Cakes

Los Angeles // Facebook: @JulieSimonCakes
Instagram: @juliesimoncakes

Julie Simon is an world-renowned cake and sugar artist based in Los Angeles. She has gained acclaim for her grand cake sculptures commissioned by A-List celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Kevin Hart, Silicon Valley VIPs, and international royalty. Her work has been featured in multiple media outlets, such as The Washington Post, Harpers Bazaar, The New York Post, The Week, Cosmopolitan, People, Bravo TV and many more.
Before dedicating herself to her cake artistry, Julie had a full-time executive career in media. The daughter of Grammy-award winning and Tony-award nominated Broadway composer, Lucy Simon, and niece of rock legend, Carly Simon, she also spent several years as a singer-songwriter and recording artist, performing at such legendary venues as NYC’s Apollo and Beacon Theaters.

Elli Saayman

The Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie

South Africa // Facebook: @TurquoiseSquirrelPatisserie
Instagram: @turquoisesquirrelpatisserie

Elli Saayman is the baker/ maker/ cake designer/ and owner of the Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie based in Johannesburg South Africa . She has an Honours Degree in Fine Arts and has been making confections and cakes since 2014; specialising in Sugar-flowers and Wedding Cake making.

She is a multi-award winning cake artist and has been published internationally (Cake Masters Magazine, DIY wedding cakes, to only mention a few) and has several cake-decorating classes available online, as well as a fun YouTube channel with some short tips and tricks for your bakery.

Grace Stevens

Grace Stevens

South Africa // Facebook: @gracestevenschef
Instagram: @grace_stevenschef

I’m the owner and founder of Grace Stevens, formally Cupcakes by Design. I’m a Cape Town based cake decorator, instructor and author of two books. My first book, Celebration Cakes, Step by Step with Fondant (Penguin Random House) was awarded the Gourmand Award for the Best South African Dessert Book in 2012. My second book, Cake Decorating with Grace Stevens was released in November 2014.

I’ve been awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for my cake entries in numerous competitions. And I regularly do demonstrations throughout South Africa, trade and cake shows.

Additionally, I travel throughout South Africa to demonstrate and teach the art of cake decorating, teaching my unique techniques with buttercream and cake design. Students travel to Cape Town from all over Africa to take part in my workshops. My collaboration with Bosch offers me the opprtunity to teach the art of baking both in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Shaile Socher

Sugar Flowers by Shaile

California // Facebook: @sugarflowersbyshaile
Instagram: @sugarflowersbyshaile

I am a sugar flower artist, and it’s by chance I fell into flower making when taking cake decorating classes for a fun new hobby over 15 years ago.  I found it exciting to make flowers look lifelike and I haven’t stopped making them since.  I enter competitions at the shows I attend and I have won several 1st places awards.

The most exciting awards I received have been at Cake International Birmingham, England winning Bronze and Silver and the San Diego Cake Show winning Best of Show. I teach and demo sugar flowers across the country, I have published tutorials in various cake publications and I honestly love anything sugar flower related.

Nicolas David van der Walt

FBI Chef School & Patisserie Academy

South Africa // Facebook: @FBI Chef School – JHB
Instagram: @fbichefschool_johannesburg

Chef Nicolas van der Walt started cooking and playing with food at the tender age of 12, as a typical farm-boy. Nicolas soon made headlines as one of the most promising pastry chefs in the world by entering numerous competitions and promoting the art of pastry by becoming a leader in the art of sugar and chocolate craft.

With his mission in life – ‘’Promoting the art and teaching of pastry to all South Africans’’

Read more about Chef Nicolas on his website.

Sumaiya Omar

The Cake Duchess

South Africa // Facebook: @TheCakeDuchessSA
Instagram: @sumaiya_omar_za

 

I am internationally published and award winning Wedding Cake Artist/Teacher/Mentor/Coach and am currently a semi finalist for the Mrs. South Africa Pagaent for 2020. I have studied in 4 different countries on 4 different continents. I am now settled in Cape Town in where I own a small Atelier. I am also a Content Creator/Blogger and Part time MC and Speaker/Presenter.

I love people, women empowerment in particular.

I believe that every creation should be unique and befitting to a couples unique story.

Joy Blom

Sweet Joy Wedding Cakes

South Africa // Facebook: @sweetjoyinfo
Instagram: @sweetjoy_cakes

Joy Blom is a sugarflower artist and wedding cake designer from Johannesburg and is a preferred partner of some of the top wedding venues in Gauteng.

Joy studied at SA School of Weddings and continues to learn from online sources from the best international cake designers.

She has a passion for creating beautiful and artistically unique wedding cakes and sugar flowers.

Joys work has appeared in many bridal magazines and local television programs in South Africa.

Joy was also in the top 5 finalists of an international cake competition in 2019.

Anastasia Kaliazin

Anastasia's Cakes

Russia & South Africa // Facebook: @Anastasia.Cakes
Instagram: @anastasiascakes

I’m Anastasia Kaliazin, originally from Russia (and proud of it), living in South Africa (proud if that too). I’ve been decorating cakes since 2010, since then became quiet addictive to anything about sugarcraft- modeling, sugar flowers, cookie decoration, classic and modern French pastry. I’ve learned most of that from amazingly talented teachers In Europe, Russia and Sugarcraft guild in Cape Town, all the rest I’ve learned by trials, mistakes and experiments of my own. Most of all I enjoy creating realistic looking things out of various edible mediums.

I’ve been honored to be part of many collaborations on Facebook and cake shows in Cape Town (Winning gold and silver).

Anna Astashkina

Astashkina Cakes

Chicago // Facebook: @astashkinacakes
Instagram: @astashkinacakes

Anna Astashkina is the owner and creative mind behind Astashkina Cakes, based in Chicago, Illinois. She is an award-winning cake designer and sugar artist known for her elegant modern painted cakes featuring realistic floral arrangements created in edible media.

After her first career as Mechanical Engineer, Anna turned the creative hobby of baking for friends and family into a business and discovered the art of cake decorating.

Today, Anna dedicates most of her time teaching and sharing her passion for this delicate craft. Astashkina Cakes’ mission is about educating, reaching out and supporting our sweet community.

Retha Joubert

Retha Joubert Fondant Studio

South Africa // Facebook: @RethaJoubertFondant
Instagram: @rj.sugar

Retha Joubert is a sugar artist living and working in Pretoria, South Africa. She matriculated from Pro Arte in 2000 with a scholarship to study art. In 2006 she received her degree in fine art from Tshwane University of Technology.

 

While most of her post graduate work has been in traditional mediums like clay, bronze and oil painting, in 2014 she discovered a love for edible mediums. Since then she has been working full time as a sugar artist, teaching figurine modelling, both online, and at various venues and chef schools around South Africa.

Yi Han

Cake Playhouse

Los Angeles // Facebook: @Cake Playhouse
Instagram: @cakeplayhouse

Chef Yi, the founder of Yi Cakes, is an award-winning sugar artist world-renowned for her stunning signature sugar figurines. From 2018 to 2019, Chef Yi won a “Grand Prize Spectacular”, an “Innovative Fondant Award” by Satin Ice Fondant, a “Best of Show”, 7 first places and 2 second places in the cake decorating competitions around the USA.
Chef Yi has successfully built her business in the commercial art industry over the past decade since she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts and an MBA. In 2018, after graduated from the Cake Decorating Program at Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and the Professional Chef Program at Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) in New York City, Chef Yi launched her culinary art business and founded Yi Cakes.

Serdar Yener

Yeners Way

Istanbul, Turkey // Facebook: @YenersWay
Instagram: @yenersway

Chef Serdar Yener has over 50 years of experience in cake decorating.

His vast international experience & artistic talent has been acknowledged by his peers both in Australia and abroad.

He has competed in international competitions and been awarded “Best Pastry Artist” in Igeho, Switzerland 1987 & “Best Pastry Chef” in Singapore, Food Asia 1990.

His Sugar centrepieces are displayed in museums at Champagne in France, Culinary Art Museum in Switzerland & The National Museum in Singapore. Serdar has also judged at major culinary competitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and USA World Pastry Championships.

Colette Peters

Colette’s Cakes

New York City // Facebook: @colettepeters
Instagram: @colette_peters

Colette Peters started her cake design busines, Colette’s Cakes, in 1989. Before this, she worked as a designer at Tiffany & Co. Design director John Loring asked Colette to create cakes for his classic books Tiffany Taste (Doubleday, 1986) and The Tiffany Wedding (1988), which introduced her groundbreaking techniques, such as using gold and silver leaf on cakes, her crooked cakes, and her gift box cakes. This exposure led to a contract for her first book.

          Since 1991, Colette has since written six books, Colette’s Cakes: The Art of Cake Decorating (1991), Colette’s Christmas (1993), Colette’s Wedding Cakes (1995), and Colette’s Birthday Cakes (2000), Cakes to Dream On (2004). And Colette’s Twisted Treats (2018)

Read more on Colette’s website:

Ray Esmany

Crystal Candy

South Africa // Facebook: @CrystalCandySA
Instagram: @crystalcandysa

Currently displaying an ever increasing array of  collections / ranges of silicone moulds – leaving you with a constant choice of exceptional different designs to use in conjunction with our own Crystal Candy Signature Blend Flexible Icing.

Crystal Candy is also only just getting into its stride, with other collections on the drawing board (always a first in the world) and on the cards in the planning and experimental stages Crystal Candy is a constant “evolution of progress”.

So if you are decorating cupcakes for kiddies parties, cake pops for any occasions, birthday cakes or prestigious wedding cakes, then our lace moulds are for you.

From novice to professional, the hobbyist and anyone in between – there is bound to be something here for you at Crystal Candy.

Dot Klerck

Eat Cake Party

South Africa // Facebook: @eatcakeparty
Instagram: @dorothyklerck

Dot Klerck is an International multi award winning cake artist, she honed her skills in art school, but taught herself the basics (and more!) of cake decoration. Each year Dot is invited to teach and judge at International Sugar Shows and Sugar Schools all around the world. She has traveled to more than 30 different countries teaching her unique skills in sculpture and design and continues to create her sugar sculptures in between teaching.​

Recent accolades for Dot: Winner of the International Cake Masters – Cake Oscar Awards for Best Show Piece 2019 and 2017, Global Sugar Artist Network Top 15 International Cake Artists for Most Realistic Sculpted Cake for 2019, Named Global Cake Hero at the Australian Cake Awards 2019, Inducted into the Australian Cake Hall of Fame in 2019, Named Global Sugar Artist for 2018.

Vicky Crease

Vicky Crease Catering & Events

South Africa // Facebook: @Vicky-Crease-Catering-Events Instagram: @vickycreaseevents
Vicky Crease is a celebrated TV food personality and culinary designer with her own lifestyle and cookery show on the Home Channel. She is the founder of Vicky Crease Catering + Events and her expertise and flair for events has culminated in 20 International Catering Excellence awards from the USA, more than any other Caterer on the African continent. In 2015, her company won ‘Caterer of the Year’ as well as the ‘ACE Award for Best International Caterer’ from Catersource USA- the highest global accolades in the Catering and Events profession. She served on the Advisory Board of the International Caterers Association in the USA and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Unisa), a Marketing Management Diploma, a Proficiency in English diploma from the University of Cambridge, UK, as well as completed her course in Food Studies at the New School, New York.

Tarryn Meiring

Hobby Fingers

South Africa // Facebook: @Hobbyfingers

Born in a small town called Hartbeespoortdam in South Africa, on 12 October 1983, Tarryn Meiring, formerly Kleynhans, has always had a passion for art and crafts. She has completed a variety of courses in the broad fields of art, including fine arts, different aspects of design, and culinary arts.
Tarryn has achieved many awards in arts and crafts in the past and was most recently crowned with the Masterclass Award for the best royal icing wedding cake from South African Cake Decorating Guild held every four years.
Tarryn has recently started a new venture called Hobbyfingers which aims at helping people develop their craft.
She is extremely passionate about teaching and enabling others who express an interest in arts and crafts to develop their talents and hobbies. She believes that creative minds like herself, best express themselves through their crafts. This unique ability inspires, attracts, and cultivates an environment where crafty folk can express themselves through their arts.

“There is beauty in everything, just not everybody sees it” -Andy Warhol-

Lynne Glass

Lynne Glass Cake Artist

South Africa // Facebook: @lynneglasscakeartist Instagram: @lynne.glass.cake.artist
My baking journey started 8 years ago when we needed a last-minute cake for my daughter’s birthday party. No one was able to make one on such short notice so I took a deep breath, stepped up and made it myself. I absolutely loved the experience. The bug bit and I spent every free minute I had reading books and practicing my new found skill. In 2013 I decided to leave the corporate world and started my own baking business from home. A year later I was contacted by one of the biggest novelty cake bakeries in South Africa and asked to join their team as a cake artist. I worked with them for almost 5 years learning, experimenting with new techniques and pushing my creative boundaries. In early 2019, I decided it was time to venture out on my own again. I started teaching sugar art full time – from basic courses to advanced techniques. My speciality is creating creative outside-of-the-box cakes which are as beautiful as they are tasty.

Nikki Albertyn

Sweet LionHeart

South Africa // Facebook: @sweetlionheart
Instagram: @sweet.lionheart

After completing a part-time pastry course in 2015, Nikki’s graphic design skills and love for all things visual melted into one with the art of baking. She began to share her sweet adventures on Instagram, gradually creating a demand for more of her drool-worthy designs, and so… LionHeart was born, baby!

Sweet Lionheart:
From taking our first steps on Instagram in 2015, to having a flourishing online business, we have grown into a team of six beautifully diverse women pooling our strengths to make Cape Town a sweeter place with crafted cake designs and treats.

Zahirah Motal

Cakes & Canvas

South Africa // Facebook: @cupcakedlights
Instagram: @cakes_and_canvas
In 2005, when my first son was born, I was looking for a way to express myself without using my favorite medium oils on canvas. I clicked on flickr and suddenly was whisked down a rabbit hole into a world of cakes and cupcakes. Flickr was an online picture sharing site in which cake decorators formed groups to showcase their delightful dainties and inspire each other. I was known as Zalita or cupcake d’lights online and made cute decorative cupcakes to share with my cake friends, from there the interest in my work grew and I started selling decorative cupcakes locally with my photography rights being sold in Europe. I’m totally self thought and today I love teaching and creating large cakes and small with beautiful handpainted designs. I turn my cakes into my canvas to create edible works of art.

Zoë Clark

Zoë Clark Cakes

Australia // Facebook: @zoeclarkcakes
Instagram: @zoeclarkcakes

Returning to the UK in 2006, Zoë spent her first year learning the basics of cake decorating, taking classes and working in some of London’s best bakeries. Soon after, she set up her own business from home, and was recognised as a leading cake artist.
Known for their unique and elegant style, Zoë’s cakes frequently feature in international sugarcraft and bridal titles. Her main inspiration comes from fashion and beautiful fabrics with different textures and finishes. In 2011 she designed a range of wedding and celebration cakes for Fortnum and Mason, which also commissioned her to make a cake for Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

Regina Walker

Kake Walker

California // Facebook: @KakeWalker
Instagram: @Kakewalker1

Regina Walker, Cake Artist and Owner of Kake Walker, LLC. California Kern County Fair 1st place blue ribbon and CEO Award winner. I began decorating cakes in 2014 as a hobby and before I knew it, my hobby turned into a full-felged business. After 23 years in law enforcement working as a Probation Officer, I turned in my guns and badge for a piping bag and cake sculpting tools.
I am completely self-taught and learned everything I know from books, the internet and from my peers. I’ve spent hours upon hours researching techniques, watching videos and of course trial and error. After 9 years in the business, I enjoy teaching and sharing with others my experiences, techniques and recipes. My goal is to use my gift to build a space of creativity and education; to pay it forward and teach other passionate and likeminded people what I have learned throughout the years.

Deepa Mathan

Spring Bloom Cakes

Canada // Facebook: @SpringBloomCakes
Instagram: @springbloomcakes

 

 

 

Deepa Mathan is the owner of Spring Bloom Cakes and a full time cake artist from Ontario, Canada. She has been in the industry for over 8 years now making amazing cake masterpieces.

 

Deepa is very well know for her unique style in the caking industry. She also recently started doing workshops in Toronto, Ontario.

Asude Yavuz

Asude Yavuz

Turkey // Facebook: @asude.yavuz.3990
Instagram: @pembik.pasta

 

I was born and raised in Adana – Turkey.

 

I have been baking since I was a kid and painting at the same time. After having my own oil painting studio, I started to spend a big amount of time baking.

 

I put art and pastry together and used my painting abilities to advance myself as a confectioner. I have been awarded in many competitions, both stateside and abroad. Currently, I’m lecturing regarding pastry, figure-making and baking bespoke cakes – mostly for birthdays & special events.

Ivy Taylor

Ivade Cakes

England // Instagram: @ivade_cakes

Ivy Taylor is passionate about creating cakes that look good but more importantly that taste amazing.

Ivy has over 20 years’ experience of baking and cake decorating. This passionate started as a child and she followed it through with evening classes in cake decorating while at University. This led to several opportunities like supporting several cake businesses over the years to demonstrate the use of their latest equipment and cake products, at Cake International England in Birmingham, Manchester, and London.

As a cake artist, Ivy has advised some of the businesses in the creation of products that make our lives as bakers easier.

The training and knowledge that she has shared with other bakers has enabled them to improve their cake skills and produce beautiful, trending cakes which in their right has made them outstanding cake artists.

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