The Great Australian Bake Off

The Great Australian Bake Off Star Baker advice: Angela's secret to nailing a realistic illusion cake

Her pancake stack looked so realistic - and it was delicious to boot!

Angela scored Star Baker in week one of The Great Australian Bake Off, and was really happy with the bakes she presented to the judges.

"It just so happened that the first week was stuff that I felt really confident in doing. I nailed every single one of them and was lucky enough to get star baker," she tells.

"Everyone has their strengths and weakness and it just so happened in that week we did the things I was confident with – like illusion cakes!"

So, what goes into making an incredible illusion cake? Angela says there's three things to consider in order to achieve the recipe for success.


"It’s all about being as realistic as possible," she says. "Scale for me is number one. You have to have the right scale. So, if I'm going to make say, a watermelon cake – I like to have props in front of me. I'll go and get one so I can mimic the textures, colours and sizing.

"There’s some things that can be changed. You can play around with sizing, but if you’re going to make a dog cake and want to make it look like a real dog, you’ve got to do it to scale for it to look realistic."

Colours and textures

Angela says it’s all about mixing colours, matching colours and textures. "It's all about mimicking as close as you can to the real thing. 

"If something is smooth and shiny or bumpy and rippling, it's those textures you need to mimic. In the instance of the pancakes – it’s all about the colouring and browning.


"If you can have the items in front of you, do it. But if you can’t, imagine what those things look like. Nothing is ever perfect," she says.

"You’ve got imperfections and wobbly bits. I think trying to make it look not perfect is very important for an illusion cake, because if it’s too perfect it looks like a cake!"

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