Being Mary Berry (ish…for a day)

Codicote Village Day Bake Off

Published in Welwyn Hatfield Times 26 July 2017

For such a small village, Codicote really knows how to throw a big party! I went along to the Codicote Village Day last weekend to judge the Bake Off competition, and I was so impressed by the scale of it; there was a lovely parade, food court, performances, stalls and fairground rides.

bakeoffsignThe baking competition took place in a large marquee, in true Bake Off style. The theme, along with the rest of the festival, was Under the Sea. There were three categories: small cakes, large cakes and showstoppers; all were anonymous until after judging, and any age could enter, so we had children’s entries competing alongside adult entries.

The organisers asked me to taste every entry so the cakes could be judged on texture and flavour as well as appearance. We started with the small cakes; I really liked Henry’s octopus cupcakes, with long jelly arms, and he won second prize. The winner was Valerie Warwick, with beautiful pale blue cakes with little sea creatures on top.


Valerie also came third in the large cake class, with a delicious coffee cake. Rose Smith was second with a beautiful heart-shaped panache cake, covered in chocolate-dipped strawberries. I loved the winning large cake, made by Emily Hatch; a tequila lime drizzle cake, which apparently contained a whole bottle of tequila! The cake was presented with a sombrero, maracas and a soundtrack; when I pressed play a mariachi band played, which went very well with the cake!

The seaside theme was most clear in the showstopper category, and I loved the sea creatures cake with a giant crab on top by Lorraine Grimshaw, which won second place. The winner was Gemma Grey’s beautiful seashell cake, which was covered in coconut ‘sand’ and hand-painted edible shells. Both also tasted lovely. Well done to all the contestants and winners; it was a real joy to taste all the cakes! All the prizes were donated by Kitchenaid.

codicoteWIThe fair was an excellent community event, with every local group taking part. I bought delicious gooseberry jam from the Codicote WI stall, and a cup of tea from the tea tent run by the local school. Well done to the event organisers and community groups; it was a lovely day out!


THE WINNER! By Gemma Grey


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