Hartlepool’s version of Great British Bake Off is a sweet success

The award winning cakes
The award winning cakes

HARTLEPOOL’S version of the Great British Bake Off attracted a host of stunning entries.

The first Great Hartlepool Bake-Off competition was organised by Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher to mark St George’s Day and raise money for his three chosen cancer charities.

Talented cake makers answered the call and submitted a series of fantastic entries.

Carla Cooper, from Owton Manor, who runs her own business, Cake Geek, was named the overall winner for her brilliant cake depicting St George’s slaying of the dragon.

The Best Decorated Large Cake, a four-tier cake featuring a cascade of roses made from icing, and the Best Decorated Small Cake awards were both won by Jenny McPartlin who also runs her own business, Cakes Adore, from home on the Fens Estate.

They were judged by cake decorating expert Jean Brown; restaurant owner Krimo Bouabda; Councillor Paul Beck, formerly head chef to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace; and Martin Downes, of Eugene’s cafe.

Jude Jallouli was the winner of the cupcake category while Rebecca Whitaker’s lemon cake scooped the large cake award.

After the competition, all of the cakes were put on sale to members of the public at a coffee morning in Hartlepool Civic Centre.

A raffle and a soft toy tombola raised £292 for Councillor Akers-Belcher’s appeal.

He said: “The judges spent a lot of time deliberating and choosing the winners wasn’t an easy task for them given the exceptional quality of the entries. The attention to detail was amazing.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who supported the coffee morning and helped to further boost my charity appeal.”