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Bakers from Abergavenny came together last Saturday to raise money for Cancer Research in the Great Abergavenny Bake Off.  A wide range of novice and experienced bakers produced competition entries in 3 categories: Cupcakes, Tray Bakes and Celebration Cakes.

The organisers with Simon King of 1861. L to R: Helen Maloney, Kate Baylis, Simon King, Helen Brown, Lucie Doyle.

Buffy Williams’ winning Teapot Cake

Buffy Williams’ winning Teapot Cake

The event was judged by Simon King, owner and Chef at 1861, Cross Ash, just outside Abergavenny.  Simon valiantly tasted all 30 of the entries before announcing the winners, who included Buffy Williams of Buffy’s Cake Art with her aptly themed Teapot Cake in the Cancer Research colours.

“There was an amazing array of entries in the 3 categories and clearly a lot of capable bakers in the area.  It is a pleasure to help any cancer research causes, even if I may not eat any more cakes for a while!” said Simon.

Non-bakers were invited for Afternoon Tea and a Silent Auction was held for the competition entries, resulting in over £600 raised, with donations still coming in.  Proceeds will be donated towards Relay for Life in aid of Cancer Research, which the team will take part in as The Wonderful Wandering Welsh Cakes, in June.
The event has proved the increasing popularity of home baking and organisers plan to recreate the event at a bigger venue, with competitions open to a wider range of participants.  Bakers of Monmouthshire watch this space!


Article by Helen Maloney

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