There was a huge attendance at Drummond Cricket Club for Limavady’s first ever Bake Off.
The idea of a few of the lady supporters of the club, it was spurred on by the television Christmas special starring the Derry Girls, which showed the more light hearted side of British Bake Off.
Initially talking a few friends and family into taking part in the beat-the-clock decorating challenge, it grew rapidly with several all-men teams comparing it to a good cemented wall challenge.
Seven teams in total rose to the challenge, to cream and decorate a sponge under the watchful eyes of judges Margaret Anne, proprietor, and Karl, cake cup connoisseur from Limavady’s Yellow Bird Cafe.
Within the 20 minute there were seven smashing cakes, fresh cream, buttercream and fondant icing. Lena and Pat had a miniature bowling match on their red velvet cake; Jackie and Abi went all out with a two-tier strawberry and chocolate bonanza.
The Cutie Pie kids lifted first place with their truest Devine chocolate masterpiece. Runners up were Maeve, Irene and Valerie, the sweet girls, with a fantastic surly sponge and childcare decor galore.
The men’s teams done a fantastic job, engineering the sponges and cream well on the night, even noting the colouring of the sponges with free range eggs.
The capacity audience thoroughly enjoyed watching the live decorating. It whetted their appetites to test a further 15 cakes, dozens of scones and cupcakes left anonymously.
A lot of time and tasting went in to deciding who to vote for but the decisions were – Best Cake Maeve and Judith, Best Scone Jackie, and Best Cupcake Alison. A truly sugar filled delightful night.