During the final half term at Parkside School, students were given the opportunity to show their baking skills by taking part in The Great Parkside Bake Off 2018.
17 students took part including; Amber Bennett, Effie Brook, Anna Delilah, Suman Dhesi, Mahalia Fortune-Clubb, Harry Gray, Chloe Hawksworth, Lia Heywood, Henry Jepson, Albert Lawler, Millie Lee, Katie Munro, Holly Stott, Molly Rhodes, Minnie Roberts, Millie Terry and Tomas Windle.
They had to complete 4 rounds of baking including a Victoria sponge, shortbread, cupcakes and finally the show stopper, before the winner could be announced on Thursday 19th July 2018.
The aim of The Great Parkside Bake Off was to raise money for charity, these included; MacMillan Cancer Support, Martin House, Sue Ryder Manorlands and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The charitities were chosen by the members of 7 Bronte A form, who came up with the idea for this event with their form tutor Mrs Cooper, as part of their form time ASPIRE2b programme.
Once pupils had paid to sample the bakes, they could then submit their top 3 bakers each week, alongside the owners of the Cake ’Ole cafes in Keighley and Skipton Richard Wilson and Neil Senior, who awarded the star baker award each week.
Both Neil and Richard were delighted to have been invited as guest judges at this year’s competition and donated cakes from their cafes each week as well as a small prize for each star baker and a 3-tier cake for the overall winner.
After each round of the competition, the star bakers were automatically through to the next round of baking. Star baker for the Victoria sponge week was Albert Lawler, for the shortbread week Mahalia Fortune-Clubb and for the cupcake round Chloe Hawksworth bagged herself automatic entry to the final.
All cakes submitted for judging were of exceptional quality and both Richard and Neil remarked at the standard of the produce made.
Pupils through to the final round included Suman Dhesi, Chloe Hawksworth, Henry Jepson, Albert Lawler, Millie Lee and Molly Rhodes, but it was Henry Jepson’s Snickerdoodle cheesecake that won the judges over, with its bold caramel, chocolate and peanut flavouring.
This event and others organised by students in 7 Bronte A raised a grand total of £221 for the 4 charities. Thank you to all the students and staff who participated and supported The Great Parkside Bake Off 2018 and a special thank you to Richard and Neil for their donations and time from the students at Parkside.