Young bakers certainly rose to the occasion in the first ever Great Buckingham Youth Bake Off.
Eleven youngsters competed in the first round of the bake-off challenge, bringing their signature bake to the Buckingham Food Festival at Buckingham Community Centre on Saturday, February 27.
The standard of baking in both of the two age groups – 11 to 13 and 14 to 18 – was very high, giving the judges quite a dilemma as to who to progress through to the next stage.
In the end, seven made it through to the second and final round, held last Saturday at Well Street church hall, where contestants baked and brought in a base layer cake , then had 90 minutes in which to decorate it to a theme of their choice.
The standard of baking and decorating was again extremely high, with some stunning and imaginative cakes emerging – including a rose-flavoured cake shaped like a rose, a checkerboard cake and a field of sheep.
The judges – Buckingham WI president, Jill Hines, Victoria Forward of Victoria Sponge and Buckingham mayor Andy Mahi – also cut into the cakes to taste them.
Rosie Wood was the winner in the 14 to 18 age group, with her Flower Basket cake.
In the 11 to 13 age group, the winner was Melina Kintoni with her Easter Cake. Second was Rachel Gough with her Burrowing Bunny and Ollie George’s Chocolate Nest came third.
The Great Buckingham Youth Bake Off was a joint collaboration between Project Street Life and the Buckingham Activity Group For Young People.
More about the Bake Off and pictures of all the cakes can be viewed at www.projectstreetlife.org.uk