SHE is a self-described cake fanatic whose baking business has become a sweet success story for her and her siblings.

And now Scottish businesswoman Nichola Reith, of the Three Sisters Bake, is set to take over a slice of primetime morning TV with a programme that relies on her culinary expertise.

Ms Reith is following in the floury footsteps of other members of the upper crust of the baking scene like Mary Berry after being unveiled as a TV judge for the new show Flour Power.

Already a hit on Scottish TV, the series has been picked to go nationwide across the UK this Saturday on BBC1 and will run for ten episodes at 11 am.

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The baker said the decision to move the show from its regional home was a "pinch-me" moment, but that she had risen to the challenge of being an onscreen cake referee.


Three sisters: Nichola, Linsey and Gillian

Ms Reith said: "Being a TV baking judge has been an amazing and totally surreal experience, for this pipe dream to become a reality has been almost too good to be true. Baking is in my blood and I love nothing more than trying out creations other people have made.

"I was bowled over by the standard of baking from some of the contestants. It was a true pinch-me moment when we found out the show would be aired on a primetime TV slot on BBC 1 on Saturday mornings.”

Middle sister Nichola and her siblings Gillian and Linsey Reith opened their first Three Sisters Bake café in Quarriers Village in Renfrewshire 2011, and have gone from strength to strength with new outlets and a best-selling cookery book.

All three have degrees - Gillian and Linsey in English from Strathclyde and Aberdeen universities respectively, and Nichola in science at Aberdeen.

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The sisters recently opened Cake Bar on Great Western Road in Glasgow, and the new take-away and sweet treat destination is already a hit with the café crowd in Glasgow, featuring heavy on social media, complete with its neon signs and flower installations.

Three Sisters Bake also has a countryside café in Killearn, a regular pop-up at Platform at Argyle Street Arches, and a wedding cake business.

The company employs 50 staff and a team team of six bakers, and Ms Reith is yet to hang up her rolling pin or mixing bowl.

She recently said that her love of baking started at an early age with her mother Alison, a home economics teacher, insisting that all cakes and treats needed to be home made.


Crafting cakes is the sisters' passion

The Three Sisters' growing reputation which caught the eye of BBC Scotland, who were looking to add more kithcen-based programmes to its roster following the success of the Great British Bake Off and its subsequent departure to Channel 4.

Flour Power follows a similar format, with amateur bakers competing against each other to become the official charity bake sale champion for their business, raising money for good causes.

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During 10 episodes, the show visits different workplaces including a distillers, a vet surgery, a language school and a lawyers practice and follows the highs and lows of the competitors as they bake cakes, buns, bread or savoury pies and pasties.

Their treats are then revealed at a workplace bake sale to the critical eye of their colleagues and the judges, with Ms Reith joined by a local baker as they turn their tastebuds to the competitors’ efforts.

At the end of the bake sale, the workplace winner is revealed followed by presentation of the Flour Power Trophy.


In the first episode, the focus is on the Forres branch of Moray Coast Vets, with little revealed till the end as the proof of each bakers skill is in the pudding.

Ms Reith said of the judging: “I really really enjoyed it. I guess I initially wondered if I would feel a bit nervous about it.

“I think having been running my business now for eight years and baking being such a central part of that, I guess it’s something I probably do anyway for making sure the baking we are putting out is good enough and a good enough quality. Getting to bake all day is a nice way of life!

“It’s also great that every episode has a winner. The money from the bake sale at the end goes to a charity of choice for the group taking part. They are the real winners.”