To quote Charles Dickens “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” On Friday (29 September 2017) I was asked to judge the cake baking competition at Marshalls Mill in Holbeck.
Receptionist Lisa Riley had organised another great event for tenants of the building, this time a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
As I entered the building and saw the entries displayed on the reception desk I knew two things. Firstly I was in for a treat tasting each of the entries, but secondly I was going to have to disappoint some talented amateur bakers.
I’ve baked a few cakes in my time, so I had some idea of what these bakers had achieved. If I scored them out of ten, most of them would have been 11. Instead I decided to go for an idiosyncratic approach, unashamedly biased, just down to my personal taste.
The chocolate fudge cake was excellent … if you like chocolate fudge cake, but I’m not a fan. The Victoria sponge could have done with a bit more vanilla in the cake and more jam – for me. In the end I chose the banana loaf with peanut butter and chocolate topping. As a taste combination it shouldn’t have worked, but I liked it.
Second place went to Georgina Hayes from The Technology Forge whose dairy free sponge was brilliantly decorated with a coffee cup, bunting and, well, cake.
Most importantly the event made £300 for a very worthy cause.