Jackie started her own cake decorating company in the UK in 1980′s whilst studying cake design and decoration at college. She joined the teaching team and spent many years teaching Sugar craft and Cake Decoration.
She was appointed Chief Examiner for City and Guilds and later an adviser for City and Guilds, delivering training for Sugar craft teachers, and as an External Verifier.
With her colleague (and very good friend), Chris Jeffcoate, Jackie has written 3 books on Cake Design and Decoration and advised on the creation of, and subsequently taught at, a Sugar craft school in Tokyo, Japan. Believing in Sugar craft to be truly a creative art, Jackie was a founder member of ‘The Taste of Art’, a group of like-minded individuals who exhibit sugar as an art.
An international Gold Medalist a judge both at National and International level, Jackie is proud that many of her students achieved very high levels of attainment in the Sugar craft world, including City and Guilds Silver Medalists (the highest award in the UK), medalists in competitions and as teachers to the next generation both in UK and Japan.
Jackie moved to Cyprus to enjoy an early retirement in 2007, however once people discovered her past experience, she was encouraged back into making special occasion cakes. It re-awoke her passion for cake and sugar art. By 2008 Love Island Cakes was up and running. The business grew quickly and finding herself at capacity, in 2011 daughter Jo moved to Cyprus to help with the enormous demand and now shares her Mum’s passion for all things cake.