Pupils rise to the challenge

Lauren Hodgson (runner-up), Lauren Jackson and John McLean with their tasty entries. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Lauren Hodgson (runner-up), Lauren Jackson and John McLean with their tasty entries. Picture by Jane Coltman.

The brilliant baking talent of pupils at Chantry Middle School and Technology College in Morpeth were praised by a dessert business owner.

A total of 20 children in Year 8 applied to take part in this year’s Great Chantry Bake Off and staff selected eight finalists.

These students were then asked to design and make a cake to represent summer. They had two-and-a-half hours for the practical section of the competition.

Kristy Giblin was the guest judge. She runs The Pudding Parlour with brother Greg Small – the business opened its second store in Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, earlier this year.

The pupils presented their cakes to her before she tasted them.

Juliet Adams’ watermelon-shaped cake won for both creativity and taste. Her prize was a range of baking goodies. Lauren Hodgson was runner-up with her lemon sandcastle entry.

The other finalists were as follows: Lauren Jackson (chocolate cake covered with ganache and strawberries), Jack Brown (his theme was coconut cove), Emma Watson (strawberries and cream cake), John McLean (he had a vegetable patch theme), Hollie Sparham (butterfly Victoria sandwich) and Kate O’Halloran (her theme was gingerbread bears at the seaside).

Lisa Elliott, curriculum leader for technology at Chantry, said: “The children loved meeting Kristy and having her professional opinion.

“She was really impressed with their bakes and the amount of effort they had put into their entry. She invited all of our finalists to go to The Pudding Parlour in Morpeth and collect a free selection box as special reward.”

The store is currently running a competition called The Great Morpeth Kids Bake Off – the age categories are four to seven and eight to 11.

Those taking part will need to bring along their decorated cake on Saturday, August 8. Children and parents can find out more information, register for the contest and collect a cake board at the store.