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Cynthia Stroud


Judge, “Great Chocolate Showdown”



Cynthia Stroud is a judge on The CW’s new baking competition series “Great Chocolate Showdown.” Stroud is a multi-award-winning British cake designer who has built a reputation as the go-to professional for show-stopping cakes.


Stroud is a self-taught baker who set up her home cake business in 2009. She moved to England in 2004 to study for her MBA after earning a degree in microbiology. She began making cakes to fulfill her creative side, and as a way to relax after work. However, it became apparent that her childhood passion for baking had matured into a strength, and she quickly established herself as a force in the industry.


In 2017, Stroud made her debut on UK TV in “The Sweetmakers,” a four-part series that explored the history and intrigues of confectionery through the ages. Stroud has also appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss the history of confections; has been featured on “Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas” as an expert judge for the cake craft competition; and her first book, Pretty Gorgeous Cakes sold out on Amazon within three days.


Stroud was ranked amongst the top 10 wedding cake designers in the UK in Brides Magazine. She has earned several high-profile awards include Best Wedding Cake Designer for London & South East and Best Cake Maker at the British Wedding Awards. Stroud has a number of contracts for high profile events including nearly a decade as the official cake supplier to The BRIT Awards, as well as the resident cake maker to the Queen Charlotte Debutante Ball for the past four years. She has also been named to the Queens New Years Honours List as a medalist of the Order of the British Empire for her services to business and community.


Stroud also runs cake-decorating classes and has trained numerous up-and-comers who have all become experts in the field.


June 2023

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