The heat was turned up and eight finalists fought the battle of the bake off at The Waitrose Cookery School on the evening of Friday, 13th November.
Contestants from five schools competed in heats to reach the final where they created the most spectacular cakes and delights in aid of Children in Need.
Whilst parents and teachers pressed their noses against the glass in the viewing area, the children showed some very professional baking skills to design and bake their own speciality cake.
Even in the face of adversity due to one cake falling on the floor, there were no tears, just grit and determination to re-create the masterpiece in the time allocated.
Winner, Lauren Withers, from South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, showed exceptional creativity and skill plus a great deal of nerve to complete her Chocolate and Raspberry Layer Cake in 2 ½ hrs.
Second place went to Jamie Payne, of St Joseph’s, for his chocolate cake, with Rebeecca Everest (Wellington Academy) and Sabien Lobo (St Joseph’s) in joint third place with a Pudsey Bear and a Chocolate Chiffon Cake. Competitors from Bishop’s Wordsworth and Godolphin also made fantastic cakes which narrowly missed a place in the top 3.
The event, piloted by Salisbury Rotary Club and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce Community Group, was organised by Julie Hutchison of Transforming Performance, Ali Penfold of Ali Unlimited, John Norwood or St James Place Wealth Management and Fiona Ollerhead of The Pantry Partnership. Thanks goes to Waitrose for donating the ingredients, for giving us full use of the wonderful Cookery School and for generous prizes; and to Sam and Gary Reeve for the top prize of a full tour of Reeve’s bakery plus Reeve’s vouchers.
Well done to all the competitors and keep baking!