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Baked to perfection: Barking & Dagenham College student entered her first baking competition and came third in her category

Barking & Dagenham College student Amy Penfold with her cake at Cake International

Amy Penfold, 18, from Hornchurch, is studying patisserie and confectionary at the College.  Baking is her passion, having started when she was just 10 years old. 

Making everything from cakes, cupcakes, meringues and biscuits, Amy has been practicing hard to hone her skills.  In fact she loves baking so much, she even set up her own business called Vanilla Cakes UK last year offering cakes for any occasion. 

This year though, Amy decided to take on a new challenge.  She entered her first competition, at Cake International.  It’s the world’s biggest cake decoration and sugarcraft show, which takes place at London’s ExCeL.  She received ‘highly commended’ for her fantastic space themed cake and then came third overall in the 16-18 themed cake category. 

Amy said: “Learning a trade like baking takes a lot of time, patience and hard work!  I received lots of great feedback about my cakes and I’m very pleased with my results in my first ever competition.”

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