The efforts made by individuals and companies towards the BHBPA Bake Off event were simply outstanding. When I arrived at The King’s Church just after 10am, I was blown away by the number and the excellence of the cakes submitted for entry in the competition. There were an incredible thirty entries in all, and the ‘poor’ judges had to taste every one of them.
The judges, Kevin Chaplin and Shakira Tettersell from Lizzie’s Food Factory, were very impressed with the standard of the baked exhibits and were very complimentary about the whole event. After more than an hour they arrived at their decisions about the three categories :-
- Small cakes, biscuits, cupcakes etc – Winner Nette from Bio Productions – judges commended the great chocolate flavour, the moist texture and the decoration
- Large cakes, individual. Winner – Martyn Blundell of Ridgeview Wine Estate – judges noted fantastic flavours, unusual but they work, very moist, artistic decoration.
- Showstopper Corporate Cakes – Winners x 3 – a) PVL Van – clearly homemade, tastes like a cake should, great decoration b) Clifford Dann – brilliant decoration c) Bio Beckie – ‘the only toilet cake we’ve ever seen!’
Five BHBPA Bake Off aprons were presented to the winners. Before the presentations Mia Clift, the Little Cake Fairy, had given a short presentation. She told some amusing stories of baking cakes for funerals and devising all kinds of scenes for people depicting eg ‘my drunkard sister’, on cakes.
Lunch was prepared and provided by Indigo Events and it was suitably delicious before we began to slice up one or two of the cakes for people to take home. Every slice and every entry led to a donation for St Peter & St James Hospice, and by the time we finished it must have been well over £200 donated to this worthy cause. People are so very generous.
Over 40 people were there for some or all of the event, and once again we have to give thanks to members for their support for the BHBPA. As Director David Shore told me at the event, this has become an incredible supportive business community now, and long may it continue.
Thanks of course go to Susan for having the idea of a Bake Off, to Tats for the delicious lunch, to the King’s Centre for their amazing generosity and support and to those people who wished me well and even thanked me for my work at the BHBPA. The real stars are the people who had the creative ability, patience and skill to bake the cakes. I salute you all.
As I heard at least three people say during lunch, … ‘we’ll have to have this every year now’. It’s a thought!