Bakers urged to rise to Brown’s 300th birthday cake challenge

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A special competition has been launched to find the nation’s best bakers as part of celebrations for Capability Brown’s 300th birthday.

The Capability Brown Festival organisers are launching Brown’s Birthday Bake – a competition taking place this month, calling on bakers (of any ‘cake-ability’) to create a birthday cake for the 18th century landscape architect.

Although Brown was incredibly influential, creating the quintessential English landscape, we do not know the exact date of his birth, although he was baptised in Kirkharle on August 30, 1716, so this is when the competition winners will be announced.

Anyone can take part in Brown’s Birthday Bake, but to be in with a chance of winning, bakers need to share images of their cakes on social media, either via Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest using #brownsbirthdaybake, or on Facebook by posting it to their profile page. The design of each bake can be novel or serious, either with a focus on Brown himself, or taking inspiration from a local Brown landscape, or indeed highlighting one of his signature design elements.

A small team of judges will select three lucky winners to be announced on social media on Tuesday, August 30. Prizes will be given for the top three cake designs and include an overnight stay in a Brown landscape; a champagne hamper together with free entry tickets to one of Brown’s prestigious sites; and a family pass for any National Trust landscape.

Ceryl Evans, Capability Brown Festival Director, said: “The Capability Brown Festival is about engaging people with the life, work and legacy of Capability Brown – whether this be existing fans, or people who have heard his name but are unsure as to why, or what he did. We hope that Brown’s Birthday Bake will entice audiences who love baking to find out more about Brown, by perhaps creating a scene from one of his landscapes or even a sponge portrait of Brown himself.”