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South West
Easter showstopper

Contestant's comments

Marissa is 24, a single parent to a beautiful little girl who is almost 3 and is also 32 weeks pregnant.
Marissa loves to bake and has been baking since she was 4 years old; her dad is a chef and mum also cooked all the time with Marissa and so a baker was created – she can’t wait to teach her own kids to cook.

Marissa has type 3 eds, and was only diagnosed after her daughter was born, despite suffering her whole life. From the age of 12 her spine started to curve and now she have a kyphosis spine which causes lots of backaches. Although it is a struggle, especially because her fingers and back suffer a lot, she tries her hardest not to complain and enjoy myself. As a vegan, Marissa is always looking to show how vegan food can look and taste the same as regular food and for this challenge she was ably helped by her two year old daughter, who helped with some of the decoration at the end. Marissa blogs about vegan recipes and lifestyles and shares recipes as well.

Judges' comments

We love to see vegan cakes baked well - well done Marissa