PBSS Winners of Cake Masters Awards Best Learning Experience 2017

What an amazing night at the Cake Masters Awards 2017 held at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole on the 4th of November.


We were welcomed with a champagne reception which provided an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with so many known faces from the cake industry coming from every continent.

What’s great about this event is that everyone, regardless of who or where they are in the pecking order, is mixing freely with one another. We all know and communicate with so many people on Facebook so this was like Facebook coming to life, but with everyone so very smartly dressed some were more difficult to recognise.

The awards were hosted by Rosie Cake Diva and Will Torrent who brought everyone to life then the award categories started to be announced.

There was a lot to get through, then came the Best Learning Experience category. Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School (PBSS) was nominated along with some amazing schools and artists and having won in 2014 and 2016 we weren’t expecting this one!

As the category nominees were read out the blood pressure was rising and it completely stuns you when you hear your name being read out as the winner. The rush of adrenalin is like nothing else!


Paul and I then made our way to the front just trying to take it all in. On arriving at the stage you jump into the spotlight and find yourself looking out at an amazing audience of 650 cakers all clapping at your success.

It’s a hugely emotional time and Paul wanted to get his thank you speech out before the tears started, which had happened in the previous two wins. He just about managed this time and enjoyed every minute of it and as you’ll see from the pic above he couldn’t hold his laughter in when someone in the audience shouted ‘We love you Paul’.

Paul was also a nominee in the Cake Hero category, but that title deservedly went to Karen Portaleo.

There were some amazing winners and nominees and many more who deserve to be mentioned, but the stand out of the night was when Eddie Spence MBE took to the stage to present the Royal Icing Award. The whole room took to their feet to give this amazing man the standing ovation he rightly deserves.

The after party went on long into the night and I could write another few paragraphs here, but we all agreed ‘what happens at the Cake Masters Awards stays at the Cake Masters Awards’. For some more in-depth goings on of the night check out Cake Masters Facebook page.

Just to finish by saying a huge thank you to Rosie Mazumder and the Cake Masters team for putting on such a professional and well-run show and we hope to be a part of the 2018 Awards and also a huge thanks to our amazing members who support us throughout the year.

written by: David Brice

Winners of Cake Masters Awards 2017

Cake Artist of the year – Emma Jayne Cake Design

Best Cake Show – Cake International

Best Retailer Award – Cake Stuff

Cake Hero Award – Karen Portaleo, Cake Artist

Best Product Award – Saracino

Best Learning Experience – Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School

Best Magazine Cover – The Yellow Bee Cake Company

Best Show Piece Award – Life size Elephant by Eat Cake Party

Best Book Award – 100 Buttercream Flowers – Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes

Collaboration Award – Italian Sugar Dream Collaboration

Rising star Award – Alyssa Alexandre of Sugar Canvas

Royal Icing Award – Anikó Vargáné Orbán of Ékes-Édes Stúdió

Cookie Award – Aixa Zunino of Dolce Sentire

Modelling Excellence Award – Elena Atash of WonderCake (the new page)

Sugar Flowers Award – Natali Kishkovich of Natali Cakes

Cupcake Award – Amanda Mumbray of The Clever Little Cupcake Company

Sculpted Cake Award – Carla Puig – Sugar Atelier

Best Wedding Cake Award –  Floral Cakes by Jessica MV


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