Will bakers rise to cake challenge?

Ria Chambers from Rosy Lea Tearooms, Wellingborough
Ria Chambers from Rosy Lea Tearooms, Wellingborough
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People who have been enthused by the Great British Bake Off can put their own baking skills to the test.

Inspired by the popular BBC series, Wellingborough’s Business Improvement District (Bid) has launched the Great Wellingborough Bake Off.

A marquee will be set up in Gloucester Place on Saturday, October 26, and entrants must take their masterpiece there for judging between 10am and midday, with the winners announced at 2pm.

The cakes will be sold off between 2pm and 4pm with the proceeds going to Wellingborough charity Niamh’s Next Step.

Bid manager John Cable said: “We’ve all seen the contestants coming up with their creations on the Great British Bake Off, now it’s time for the people of Wellingborough to show us what they can do.

“We’re also staging the competition to celebrate Wellingborough’s bakery and cake-related shops; we boast some fabulous independent stores in the town centre which we believe are worth shouting about.”

One of the judges is Ria Chambers, who runs Ria’s Rosy Lee Tea Room in Cambridge Street.

She said: “Real baking with fresh ingredients has got traceability and, more importantly, home baking comes with love and care.”

There are three categories: sponge cake, cupcakes and under 14s.

The sponge winner gets a £100 voucher to spend at Rowletts and the cupcake champion a £100 voucher for SweetBitz.

Second places get a cake course or tea for two at Ria’s Rosy Lee Tearoom and third prize is a bakery book.

The children’s prize is a £20 voucher for Captain Neil’s Toy Chest.

Email swarupa@discoverwellingborough.co.uk for more details.