Care home’s bake-off extravaganza

The winning cake and Carol Morley, Home Manager
The winning cake and Carol Morley, Home Manager

A technically intricate handcrafted street scene, including Corgi dog head and drunken soldier, is the winning entry for this year’s Orchard Care Homes Bake-Off, and St Helens Home, Lymewood Court, is crowned the care group Winner.

In a national competition that has produced over 60 cake creations on the theme of the Queen’s 90th Birthday, including an iced Queen’s Guard soldier’s head and an impressive three-tier tiara, chefs, cooks, activity coordinators and residents from the care group have been planning, creating and tasting for several months, in the hope of winning the coveted title.

The winning cake

The winning cake

Andy Savage, food and beverage manager at Orchard Care Homes, said: “I was overwhelmed by the standard and detail from the Lymewood Court entry.

“The technical skill is exceptional, with great humour brought to the final piece.

“We were shown that the residents in the home had played a key part in the design of the cake, planning each of the characters who sit at the table, and mixing and preparing the ingredients.

“There is even an imprinted cobbled street. This entry really stood out for its appearance, but it was also a great bake.”

Home manager Carol Morley added: “We are delighted with our win, what a great achievement for us.

“The residents were so involved in the process, but it is the amazing skill of our cook, Mandy, who has brought this to life.”

Mr Savage went on: “This has been the most impressive year yet. All the cakes showed real imagination, amazing cake craft skills, teamwork and some brilliant stories emerged on how the cakes were designed.

“The competition has been really well supported throughout, resulting in some truly remarkable cakes.”