EMPLOYEES at npower’s Solihull office took part in a ‘cake off’ competition to raise funds for their charity partner, MacMillan Cancer Support.
Battle commenced last week as the title of star baker – selected by Brendan Lynch, the much-loved star and finalist of the third series of The Great British Bake Off – was on the line.
Brendan judged all their bakes based on how they met his winning criteria of taste, style and creativity.
The winning cake was a two tier masterpiece with a chocolate & apricot bottom layer and a vanilla mascarpone & raspberry top layer cake baked by Katie Thompson.
Brendan said: “The winning cake was visually stunning and clearly hours of work went into the basket weave – it was baked beautifully.
“I became aware of Macmillan 15 years ago when my sister was diagnosed with cancer.
“I was so impressed with the professionalism and care, not only with my sister, but also the support they provided me and members of the family during extremely difficult times – something I will always be very grateful for.”
Winner Katie added: “I’m absolutely amazed I won the challenge as there were some amazing cakes on display.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking part and raising money for MacMillan – and contributing a cake – was the least I could do.”
Katie will now attend an exclusive cookery masterclass with Brendan this November, at the seasoned cookery school in south Derbyshire.
All money raised by employees will be matched pound for pound by npower and will go towards funding MacMillan nursing hours.
Clare McDougall, Head of Community at npower, said: “Our employees really rose to the occasion and cooked up a storm in our ‘Cake Off’ competition.
“We’ve seen and tasted a whole range of cakes and bakes – and not a soggy bottom in sight.
“We’re proud to work with Brendan to deliver such a fantastic event, and raise vital funds for Macmillan to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”