A TALENTED woman is going to great lengths to prepare for a prestigious competition after narrowly missing out on top spot last year.
Retired BUPA carer Christine Avey, of Vernon Drive, Harefield, was chosen to compete in the PME Live Cup Cake Challenge during the Cake and Bake Show, held at Birmingham NEC last November.
The task was to make 13 cupcakes in two hours but she finished only nine, which meant her creations – inspired by fashion designer Cath Kidston – could not be judged.
“One of the judges said if I had finished, he would have placed my designs in the top three,” said Christine.
She has since teamed up with fellow enthusiast Natasha Parkes, from Birmingham, whom she met in an online baking forum. They will enter this year’s challenge as a duo, and they are planning to travel between Birmingham and London to practise getting their routine minute-perfect.
“I was devastated my cakes weren’t judged last time but it hasn’t put me off,” she said.
Christine began decorating as a hobby at British Sugarcraft Guild workshops held in Long Lane Hall, Hillingdon, until friends encouraged her to set up her own online business, which she launched in October last year.
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