It truly was the icing on the cake for Bispham mum Heidi Clapham when she scooped top prize in a TV contest.
The 38-year-old cooked up a storm to impress TV star Kirstie Allsop and guest judge, chef Richard Hunt, with her iced ‘balancing’ Christmas cake.
She beat three other contestants – who came up with ideas involving a Christmas jumper, Christmas dinner and West Highland White Terriers, all made out of icing and other edible ingredients.
The competition was filmed at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, for the Channel 4 show, Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas – broadcast last Tuesday.
Eve reported on Heidi’s TV debut last week, but was not allowed to reveal the result.
Heidi came up with a gravity-defying design, which incorporated a Christmas tree, a snowman, a Christmas pudding, festive baubles and snowflakes – all delicately balanced.
Heidi, a children’s home manager, said: “I won a trophy and a handmade wreath, made by Kirstie.
“It was such a great experience. Blenheim Palace is beautiful and it’s not everyone who can say they have made a cake in a palace.
“I made some great friends, my fellow contestants, who I am still in contact with.
“They had fabulous cakes, as well – the detail on the jumper cake was fantastic, the Christmas dinner cake was a great idea – the peas were made of mint chocolate edible modelling chocolate. And the Westies were so cute!
“My mum and dad, partner and son all watched the programme with me, I must admit it’s strange to watch yourself on TV.
“I’ve had lots of positive comments, some people recognised my name and my face already.
“The girls I look after at work all watched and were very excited to greet me the next morning.
“I have made Christmas cakes at home and I’m taking them into work so the girls can decorate them as presents, we are going to make snow globe cakes.”
Heidi has been decorating cakes since 2003 and has won numerous medals – including gold – at international level and trophies at a local level.
She is now planning her designs for her next big competition – Cake International, in February.
And she is setting up her own cake business, Sugarmoon Cakes, taking bookings from January.
She said: “I’m so excited – I’ve wanted to sell my cakes for quite some time and now I’m finally doing it.
“I would love to thank everyone who has supported me and just said lovely, kind things.”
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