Nina Blackburn

Nina Blackburn is Pettinice Ambassador and Community Marketing Manager for Bakels NZ

"Cakes and Computers!" is what Nina Blackburn would shout out if asked what her favourite things to do are.  So it's only right she holds both roles of Pettinice Ambassador and Community Marketing Manager for Bakels NZ where she will enjoy playing with both.

Pettinice is perfection for my 3D sculpted cakes; I achieve a beautiful clean look I love and seams completely disappear.

Nina also runs her own Auckland-based business Make Pretty Cakes and enjoys teaching and hosting cake decorating classes from her little cake studio on the North Shore.

A little fun fact:  Cakes must be in her blood, as her parents owned a bakery in Mexico where her brothers and sisters took turns working in the family business.  As the youngest, however, she was just a littlie when she and her mum immigrated to America before she had a chance to check any of it out. Fast forward several decades, her siblings tease that the one that got away, didn't at all, and is now making cakes!

If pressed for an answer on when her love for cake decorating may have stepped up to a whole new stratosphere, she would pin-point it to her first 3D spider cake created for her young son. Covering her face, she laughs now as she looks back on the anatomically-incorrect arachnid wannabe ("details...schmetails") with gumdrop candy eyes.  It was her son's reaction to the cake that sealed the deal and turned it into more than "just cake".

Since then, she has won awards worldwide and has enjoyed creating speciality structured cakes which have been featured in cake magazines, blogs, and e-zines such as Cake Central Magazine, Cake Masters, and ACDN's Cake! She has enjoyed teaching cake decorating classes in America, the UK, and Australia and plans on travelling overseas for classes in 2019.

 You can find Nina on Facebook and Instagram. 
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