More than 30 bakers from the Wellingborough area rose to the occasion with a display of magnificent cake creations during the town’s version of The Great British Bake Off.
The Great Wellingborough Bake Off, staged in a marquee in the town’s Gloucester Place on Saturday, October 26, was a demonstration of high-class baking and a celebration of Wellingborough.
The contest was organised by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) to encourage more people into the town centre, while also raising £237 for Wellingborough-based charity Niamh’s Next Step.
John Cable, manager of the Wellingborough BID, which stages events to promote the town centre, said: “The bake off captured people’s imagination because it was a celebration of a great British tradition.
“There was a real buzz in the town centre on Saturday, a genuine interest from the public and a sense of businesses working together.”
Judges, including Deborah Manger, a contestant in this year’s Great British Bake Off, faced a tough but tasty challenge adjudicating the 34 entries in the three categories.
Mrs Manger, who works at the town’s Isebrook Hospital, said: “The standard was high particularly amongst the children. Everyone should bake so that you know what’s in your cakes.”
Wellingborough mayor Graham Lawman, who presented the winners with their prizes, said: “I would like to praise the quality and the variety. It brought people into the town centre and supported independent shops.”
Bozena Maczka scooped first prize in the sponge cake category with a toffee cake topped with stunning cream roses, while Salli Scudamore won the cupcake category with her immaculate creations and nine-year-old Jessica Evans’s multi-coloured sponge made her the champion of the under 14s section.
Jessica, from Wilby Way, Wellingborough, said: “I really only started baking earlier this year – I like creating things.”
Fellow champ Salli, 48, from Little Harrowden, added: “I was thrilled. It was a real community event.”
The prizes included £100 vouchers to spend at town centre businesses Rowlatts and SweetBitz and tea for two at Ria’s Rosy Lee Tea Room. A £20 voucher for Captain Neil’s Toy Chest was presented to the winner of the under 14s.
The cakes were sold off for Niamh’s Next Step. Chris Curry, founder and chairman of the charity set up to fight children’s cancer neuroblastoma in memory of his daughter, said: “It was fantastic that the Wellingborough BID chose to support us with an event which is really represents Great Britain at the moment.”