Dean Close Cookery School hosted the BSA National Bake Off final this week. The competition saw 10 students ranging from Year 7 to 9 competing against each other to win the title. They whisked, folded and piped their way through the three and a half hour time limit and produced some wonderful results. The bakes included a Victoria sponge cake, blueberry and lemon drizzle cake as well as some beautifully decorated cupcakes and many more. The competition was judged by baked goods enthusiast, Mr Salisbury, a self-confessed foodie, Mr Hall, and an external judge from the BSA, Chris Ryan. The results were extremely tight but Ben Quayle (Year 9) pipped the post and won with his beautiful Eton Mess Cake. Ben’s tower of light fluffy sponge was held together with a delicious fresh strawberry buttercream, and decorated with a strawberry drizzle and his own handmade meringues. In second place came Anna Diakonova’s stunning presentation of a pumpkin and salted caramel cake followed by Lydia Coniam’s caramel cake decorated with homemade honeycomb.

All the contestants did extremely well and the results were delicious! The School is tremendously proud to have a Dean Close pupil win BSA National Bake Off two years in a row.