THERE was not a soggy bottom in sight as Silhillians rose to the occasion to take part in the Fairtrade Cake Off.
To mark the annual event, bakers were challenged to bake and decorate a cake using at least two ingredients that were marked as Fairtrade to showcase at The Core.
Over 130 people turned out for the annual event with 40 adults and 16 children entering the competition to find the best cake makers in the borough.
Olga Li, who runs a home-based pastry studio, won the show stopper category with her Fairtrade Chocolate Flamenco – a rich cake with a mirror glaze.
Debbie Smith – who works at Solihull Hospital – won the teatime favourite with her triple layered banoffee cake and 11 year old Darcie Janes, from Lode Heath School, won the children’s cake category.
Olga, who runs La Llyoka in Solihull, said: “I think the Cake Off is a great initiative, especially for the children as it allows them to learn about Fairtrade and food sustainability in a really fun and engaging manner.
“As for me personally it was my first ever competition and I really enjoyed it.”
Debbie was inspired to enter the competition after reading about last year’s winner.
She said: “I didn’t know anything about the Solihull Fairtrade Cake Off until two friends linked me in on Facebook. I researched it from there and when I read Dayeeta’s story I was inspired to enter, as like her I just enjoyed baking for family and friends.
“Never, ever, in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a winner. It was worth spending all day after my night shift making my bakes.”
Darcie, 11, said: “I’ve always been interested in baking and I’m doing a cake decorating course at Solihull College.
“Last year I organised a cake break to raise money for the MS Society which included a bake off. My dream is to open my own bakery and sell my own decorated cakes.”
Other winners included:
Ruzaz Syed – winner of the children’s cupcakes
Susan Ranju – Adult’s Fairtrade Award
Khadija Syed – child’s Fairtrade Award