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BB charity bake off 2018

With the new series of The Great British Bake Off in full swing, it was time for the BB team to put down their woodworking tools and pick up their mixers and spatulas. Last year was our first ever charity bake off, and yesterday saw BB bake off 2.0.

BB charity bake off

This year, we welcomed new judges to the stage, with the kitchen team from Hartley Farm stepping in to judge the bakes. Like last year, we were also raising money for Julian House—a brilliant charity located in the centre of Bath that helps vulnerable people in the community.

This year’s bake off saw seven fantastic bakes being brought into the workshop. Office manager Natalie Anderson baked a zesty carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, site carpenter Ben Bowers created a unique gluten free chocolate and blackberry brownie, while workshop manager Tom Suter whipped up a delicious white chocolate and raspberry cake.

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Judgement time

At 4pm, we welcomed the judges (Jackie, Peri and Matt) into the workshop to taste the bakes.

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Each judge was set the task of judging the bake on appearance, effort and taste—each writing down their scores ready to be tallied up at the end.

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Going by their content expressions, the judges seemed impressed by the flavour of all the bakes and the scores were close.

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This week’s star baker

But, in a super close finale, director James Etheridge was crowned the star baker of BB Bake Off 2.0. His cracking Victoria sponge bake with strawberry cream filling was shaped like a Bake Bespoke van, complete with ‘realistic’ workmen. It got him a 10 for effort, appearance and taste from one of the judges and received 74 out of 90 overall.

Great work!

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So BB Bake Off 2.0 was a huge success in the workshop, and all for a fantastic local cause as well. Well done to all the guys and gals involved.

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