A woman has be awarded the bronze prize in an international cake competition for a mother breastfeeding cake.

Victoria Frederick from Chingford was awarded the prestigious bronze prize at the Cake International London held in central London from April 4 to 6.

Her cake was of a mother breastfeeding a child.

She said: "I chose this design when entering Cake International this year as since becoming a mother in 2017 breastfeeding has been, and still is, so important to me. The judges of the show like to have some context to go along with your piece so I wrote the following to highlight the importance of what my cake represents — The Tree of Life.

"In the U.K. we have some of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in both Europe and the world. As many as 80 per cent of mothers begin breastfeeding immediately after birth.

"However, this drops to 34 per cent by only 6 to 8 weeks and a mere 0.5 per cent at one year are still breastfeeding.

"I made this cake firstly to illustrate my passion for breastfeeding, secondly to promote the normalise breastfeeding initiative. Lastly, and most importantly for me, to show an older child breastfeeding is normal, beautiful and should be accepted as such."

The judges commended her design and cake-making technique.

They said: "Beautiful hand modelling and excellent execution of techniques, great concept and original design."