Easter cake competition
The first Easter Cake Competition held at The Pudding Stop and organised by Christopher Place was a huge success with over 40 cakes entered. Johnny and I had to have a strong coffee before we started judging, and I promise you we tasted every cake. There were amazing designs including giant easter eggs, nests complete with eggs and chicks, a life-size daffodil made from icing, a huge cross, and hundreds of chocolate bunnies, chicks and flowers. We saw some wonderful drawings in the 7 and under category , and the winner was Sophie Hall, aged 2, with her cute, very simple chick with a vibrant orange beak. Johnny and his team at the Pudding Stop will be turning Sophie’s design into cakes for Easter.
Massimo de Bellis won the adult (and older teen) category with his delicious Simnel cake, which was packed with fruit and flavour. Shula Berrington was placed second with her “Let the dog see the rabbit” chocolate cake. Emma Goldengay (12) won the under 14 category with her delicious dark chocolate and raspberry cake, which was glazed in dark chocolate ganache and topped with spun sugar and fresh raspberries. Closely followed in second place was Roberta McGuinness (13) with a dark chocolate and raspberry cake with flake chocolate topping and a raspberry sauce. Both made sophisticated and well-finished cakes.
The under 11s was the most difficult to judge as we had so many entries and of such variety. Florie Geurts (10) won with her beautiful white bunny cake. Scarlett Gardiner (8) was second with her easter egg cake, decorated with sweets. Daisy Shaw (10) was third with her lovely chicken and baby chick cakes. All were beautifully baked and well decorated. Winners won donations for their schools or chosen charity and vouchers to buy pudding at The Pudding Stop.