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The great Stylist bake off: the results

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The results are in for Stylist’s most mouth-watering competition ever

When we asked you to whip up a baked creation for our cover with the theme ‘things that make you happy’, 287 readers rushed to their kitchens. While some entries made us drool (Ryan Gosling’s face on a cake), some made us hungry (a roast dinner) and some made us want to go shopping (designer handbags), it was Pamela Giles’ biscuits that put the biggest smile on our face.

'''''[[http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/recipes/bake-the-cover-finalists Click here to see other finalists from '''Stylist''''s Bake The Cover competition]] '''''

When Pamela first found out she had baked the winning entry in our competition, she thought there must not have been a lot of entries. “But then I remembered how happy I was with my finished biscuits. I didn’t dare think I could win it, but I knew my entry fitted the brief well, and the biscuits were very photogenic,” she admits.

The Surrey-based 41 year old has been baking for as long as she can remember and says her mum is the baker she most admires, with Nigella Lawson not far behind. “[My mum] has always loved baking and would let me help when I was small. If I’m stuck for a recipe idea, it’s her I call first.”

Pamela spent three nights creating her array of wholemeal iced biscuits and sees baking as a way to reclaim some space for herself after her daughters have gone to bed. “It’s a wonderful release from everyday stresses; I get to be relaxed, focused and creative – things that a day with children generally doesn’t allow.”

So how did she cope under pressure at our photo shoot? “It was a breeze. Peggy felt more like a friend inviting me around for a biscuit-decorating session rather than a baking superwoman. Neither of us could watch when some of our gingerbread family was dismembered for creative purposes!”

The judges’ verdict

Peggy Porschen, baker

“I Iove the creative concept; it really shouts ‘I love baking!’ The quality of piping is extremely high and the icing is perfectly smooth and shiny. I also like that they’re wholemeal – a healthier treat.”

John Whaite, The Great British Bake Off winner, 2012

“The overall effect of the cookies looks fabulous. The way Pamela’s made them so uniform, got the icing so perfect and the Fifties theme so on-trend, is inspiring.”

Lily Vanilli, baker and author of Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth: Recipes And Tips From A Modern Artisan Bakery

“I loved the layout of Pamela’s biscuits on the page – it’s a cute, cheerful design with great colours.”

Alix Walker, Stylist’s associate editor

“Not only are Pamela’s biscuits flawlessly iced and totally charming, they also make an engaging cover which will brighten up everyone’s Wednesday morning!”

'''''[[http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/recipes/bake-the-cover-finalists Click here to see other finalists from '''Stylist''''s Bake The Cover competition]] '''''

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