Wellingborough Bake Off has all the right ingredients

Judges Becca Checketts, Ria Chambers, Stephanie Weaver, Cllr Graham Lawman and his wife Lora, with Deborah Manger
Judges Becca Checketts, Ria Chambers, Stephanie Weaver, Cllr Graham Lawman and his wife Lora, with Deborah Manger

Bakers of all ages rose to the challenge with a competition to encourage more people into Wellingborough town centre.

The Great Wellingborough Bake Off took place on Saturday with a marquee set up in the town’s Gloucester Place.

The contest was organised by Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID) to try to attract more people into the town centre.

A team of judges, including Deborah Manger from this year’s Great British Bake Off TV show and Telegraph reporter Stephanie Weaver, sampled 32 different cakes from three categories, sponge, cupcake and under-14s, before deciding on the winners.

Mrs Manger, a dentist who works at Isebrook Hospital in the town, said: “My favourite cake was the chocolate orange cupcake, and I was thrilled with the kids’ cakes.

“It’s great to see people enjoying making their own cakes.”

Wellingborough mayor Graham Lawman and his wife Lora were also on the judging panel.

They got to try a variety of bakes, including a beetroot sponge, a gin and tonic cupcake and a cake made to look like a pizza.

Cllr Lawman praised all the bakers and said the standard was very high before he presented prizes and certificates to the winners and runner-ups.

Once the judging was done, the cakes were auctioned off for Wellingborough charity Niamh’s Next Step.

Chris Curry, founder and chairman of the charity set up to fight children’s cancer neuroblastoma in memory of his daughter, said: “The event was fantastic, and it was really nice for them to have chosen to support us.

“We are proud to have been chosen.”

The auction of cakes raised £237.50 for the charity set up in memory of Niamh Curry, who died aged just five after battling neuroblastoma for 18 months.

Bozena Maczka scooped first prize in the sponge cake category with a toffee cake topped with cream roses, while Salli Scudamore won the cupcake category with her immaculate creations and nine-year-old Jessica Evans’ multi-coloured sponge made her the champion of the under-14s section.

Jessica, from Wilby Way, Wellingborough, said: “I really only started baking earlier this year – I like creating things.”

Fellow champ Salli, 48, of Little Harrowden, added: “I was thrilled. It was a real community event.”

Prizes included £100 vouchers for town centre businesses Rowlatts and SweetBitz and tea for two at Ria’s Rosy Lee Tea Room.

A £20 voucher for Captain Neil’s Toy Chest was presented to Jessica Evans.