On Monday 17th December, bakers (young and old) presented their best Christmas bakes at Booth’s supermarket for the inaugural Knutsford Christmas Bake Off.
The idea for the Christmas Bake Off came about following the immense popularity of Knutsford Bake Club, run by local resident Lucy Farnon.
Booths were more than happy to host the first event in their cafe, and after that all was required was for the bakers to get baking!
There were no cake categories, only age categories, and there was a wide variety of bakes presented on the night – biscuits, yule logs, Christmas cake plus special Christmas tiffin amongst many others.
Winners on the night were as follows:
– Alice Graham in the 5-10 category (with runners up Louie Fitton with his melting snowman biscuits and Lottie Farber with her gluten-free Yule log scene.)
– Kizzie Nyman in the 11-17 category with her candy cane ginger cake (and the runner up Maisie Farber with her gingerbread topped ginger cake.)
– Karen Leathly was the winner in the adult category with her rainbow chimney cake (and runner up was Anne Holloway with her ‘Cup’ cake complete with carrots and mince pies.)
The overall ‘Star Baker’ was Kizzie with her candy cake ginger cake.
Lucy Farnon commented: “Kizzie’s cake tasted divine and she blew the judges away with her flavour combination.”
Stepping into Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith’s shoes were Knutsford town mayor Cllr Peter Coan and mayoress Ann Coan along with Steph and Ollie Chadwick of The Market Café.
Speaking on behalf of all of the judges, Cllr Coan said: “This was a lovely event. The cakes were outstanding and showed such imagination and flair.
“The real test is in the taste and all tasted lovely… however, the candy cake ginger cake, had the judges asking for the recipe and was an obvious winner.”
A raffle and cake sale was held in aid of The Toy Appeal and raised £110.
The event was hailed as a great success and Lucy is now busy planning an Easter event.