Olivia McMahon has risen to the occasion to be crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker after winning over judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran last night.
The 37-year-old waitress from Brisbane proved too strong for her competition, pulling out all stops in the final Showstopper challenge when she baked an extravagant, three-tiered pina colada cake flavoured with lime, pineapple and raspberry.
She beat Monica Cavallaro, 44 from Sydney, who created an ode to Italy with a masterpiece featuring three different layers, each representing a different region of Italy; and Antonio Marcora, 17 also from Sydney, who whipped up a brownie extravaganza featuring three different flavours of ganache.
After her win, Olivia said: “I can’t believe I’ve won, especially when I was up against such stiff competition from Antonio and Monica. My goal when I started was just to make it past week one, so to win is an absolute dream come true.
“The whole experience has been amazing and I have learnt so much, not only from Matt and Maggie, but from all the bakers too, and I’m looking forward to putting these new skills to use. Since filming ended I have set up my own cake making business, Olivia’s Sweet Nothings, so I plan on building that up, and am also hoping to travel to Paris to study all things chocolate,” she said.
As well as earning the title of Australia’s Best Amateur Baker, Olivia’s Custard Kisses recipe will be featured in delicious. magazine’s March 2017 issue.
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