Our latest cake decorator interview is with Samar Aldiwan from “Linden Cake by Samar”. Previously known as ” Big Sweet Rush”.

Best of the Month

Samar won our Best of the Month competition for February as voted for by the Topperoo community on both Facebook and Instagram.


Best of the Month is a great opportunity for cake decorators to share their skills with a wider audience. Each month it gets harder and harder to choose 4 cake decorators to put through for the competition and, so we’ve heard, harder to choose a favourite.

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Based in Great Falls, Virginia, Samar’s amazing cake was an outright winner. We were lucky enough to snatch a brief interview with Samar during a very busy weekend for her making a wedding cake.

We began by asking her where her love of baking came from?
“Since I was a child, I was always amazed with cakes…I grew up in a family that loves baking. My mom used to bake cakes for all occasions, so I thought it must be special to learn how to do this. I started baking in 2003 as a hobby, making cakes for my family and close friends and they all encouraged me to carry on and take it up as a career. So, I took a couple of courses and I checked out cake decorating books to improve myself.”
Topperoo: You seem to use edible images quite a lot in your decorating, what is it that you like about them?
Samar Aldiwan: Edible images can be used in almost any kind of cake
T:  Many decorators have invested in a printer for their edible image designs. Do you own one?
S.A:  No, I don’t have one, I order online from a printer.
T: Do you have a preference to using rice paper or fondant sheets?
S.A: I love fondant sheets, easy to play with and easy to decorate with.
T: In your experience, what are the benefits of using edible images?
S.A:  Edible images have many benefits. For me one of the main benefits is that they are great to decorate cakes and sweets that match a themed party .
T: What’s the strangest or funniest cake you’ve ever been asked to make?
S.A: My friend ordered a Thanksgiving cake in the shape of a cooked turkey. All the guests thought it was a real turkey until they cut the cake!
If you would like to be considered for ‘Best of the Month’ remember to share your edible image creations with us using #topperoo on either Facebook or Instagram.