A Berwickshire cake decorator won a hat-trick of prizes at a top sugarcraft competition - although her husband had to pick them up for her.
Local cake decorator Cathie Simpson of Cakes by Cathie, entered her first competition at the British Sugarcraft Guild Region 1 Exhibition in Stirling, and won Best in Class in each category entered.
Cathie, who is based in Ayton, said: “It was the first competition I had ever entered. “
But, she added: “I had a wedding cake to deliver and so my husband had to deliver to the competition.
“When I hadn’t heard anything by late afternoon I thought I had done terribly.
“After a few anxious hours of waiting, I was on the phone when he brought in a Quaich, then a cup and finally my certificates on a silver salver!”
Cathie had entered a birthday cake with a princess’s sugar carriage on top, a Scottish invitation card with sugar sculptured Kelpies and a two-tiered sea themed cake with a sugar crafted sailing boat.
In addition to being “Best in Class” Cathie was also awarded Silver Certificates for each due to the high standard of her submissions.
“My husband had to stand up and accept the awards on my behalf,” she said.
“I think he would rather have delivered the wedding cake!”
Cathie found her passion for decorating while living in the states.
“My husband had the visa, and I didn’t,” she recalls, “so after a few months of playing golf all day in New Jersey, I decided to do my basic certificates there.
“I started the business - Cakes By Cathie - there, but then we moved back to Scotland.
“And what started out as a very part-time operation soon ended with me doing it full-time, and I was asked to be a demonstrator for the British Sugarcraft Guild.
“So, I’d love to be able to enter more competitions, but I’ll have to be able to fit them in around all the cakes that I make for weddings and birthdays and things!”