IT WAS READY, steady, cook as budding bakers in Solihull battled it out to be crowned winner of the Fairtrade Cake-Off.
Based on the hit BBC cookery show The Great British Bake-Off, amateur chefs took part in a competition at the Solihull Arts Complex to bake the best cakes using Fairtrade ingredients.
Battling it out in four categories – decorated cupcakes, decorated celebration cake (under 16s), decorated celebration cake (adults), and family favourite – each cake had to contain at least two Fairtrade ingredients.
Judges from nearby hotels, the Solihull Womens Institute and the former head of catering at Solihull College then sampled the cakes and picked their favourites.
Milly Page won the decorated cupcakes competition, Charlotte Mackey clinched first place in the children’s decorated celebration category, Dayeeta Pal stormed to victory in the adults competition, while Katie Oakly impressed the judges in the family favourite competition.
The joint event between the Solihull Arts Complex and Solihull Fairtrade hoped to raise awareness of Fairtrade Fortnight.
Fairtrade is a mark that ensures shoppers the producer has been paid fairly for the good.
The logo – which appears on products including tea, chocolate, and bananas – ensures the future of the communities which produced them.