19th June 2017
The third annual Bake Off Challenge is well underway in Orchard Care Homes across the country, with the first regional winner revealed.
Homes from the North West region, including Chorley Lodge, Haslingden Hall & Lodge, Longridge Hall & Lodge, Sutton Court and Penwortham Grange & Lodge, all displayed their creative flair when they presented their cakes to the judges.
The cakes clearly illustrated the theme ‘British Summer Time’ with designs depicting beach-side scenes, a packed suitcase, ice cream cones and Pimm’s flavoured sponges. The cakes were scored on three elements, resident involvement, taste and design.
One cake stood out above the rest on all criteria, Longridge Hall & Lodge’s ‘Seaside cake’, which had edible ice cream cones stood on a sugar sand-castle with an Oreo sponge and almond icing. There was a clear display of input from the residents and staff at the home.
Mellisa Thompson, Home Manager, said “We are delighted to have won the regional bake off for the North West. Our residents and staff worked really hard to design and make the cake and it is a great achievement for the home that we can all be proud of.”
The Judges Commented “The cake looked great and had a real sense of fun, with lots of bright colours and a really tasty sponge. The texture and flavour was very light. It was a hard decision with all the cakes being of such a high standard, but we felt this one was just slightly ahead of the rest.”
Longridge Hall & Lodges's winning cake is pictured. All regional winners will then go head-to-head in the Bake Off Final in July, with the hope of being crowned Bake off Winner 2017.
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