On Saturday night in a packed Coffi House on Wellfield Road, 35 of Roath’s best bakers competed in the Great Roath Bake Off. The shop had been decked out for the occasion in hand-made bunting and there was standing room only by the time the competition kicked off.
Organiser Wayne Courtney is well known locally for organising events and for his support of Roath’s independent businesses.
From the start at 5:30 a queue of bakers waited to submit their entries – a massive range of sweet and savouries of all shapes and sizes. Judging was going to be a touch challenge!
A Victoria sponge started proceedings and the bakes came through thick and fast over the next hour or so, each one rated out of 10 for taste, appearance and originality. Across the 35 entries we tasted everything from Cookie Monster cake to spinach tart – and even a replica of the Coffi House itself in cake form.
Picking a winner was made very difficult by the standard of the entries.
But before we got on to that, we had to add an extra special prize for a young 6-year old called Silas. He entered a very well baked, bright green sponge cake which he called ‘Weird Cake’ – it was delicious and worthy of prize for the name alone! He said he made it because it’s funny.
Stefanie Lehman – Pineapple Praline Creme Torte
Stefanie said: “I made this cake because I’m German and this shows off the German way of making cakes – and it’s delicious.”
Lisa Watts – Sticky Toffee Walnut Tart
Lisa said: “Yum yum! I love sticky toffee sauce and I love that the walnuts’ taste is transformed with cooking – and they do say nuts are good for you!”
First Prize – Winner of the Great Roath Bake Off 2012
Kate Lloyd Hughes – Earl Grey infused Chocolate Cake
Kate said: “I’ve never made this before – I only decided to make it this afternoon. It’s the recipe on the cover of one of a recipe book by Gizzi Erskine.”
Kate’s sister Emma came with her to the Bake Off after persuading her to enter at lunchtime.
“I love baking and make cakes all the time. People tell me I should be going for the Great British Bake Off. After winning this tonight, I’m tempted!” she told us.
Kate’s cake had won on taste, creativity and quality of baking.
As the competition drew to a close and the party began, local soul and blues singer Calum Ross took to the stage. He even managed to persuade the multi-talented Wayne to join him for a song.
The Great Roath Bake Off was a great Roath success and – we hope – here’s to next year?
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