April 27th, 2017
Home bakers are whipping up a storm in preparation for the Great Mylor Bake Off this weekend.

Last year’s inaugural competition was a great success, with over 75 entires from bakers of all ages.

Organiser Susan Laundy was inspired to create the event after watching the television show The Great British Bake Off.

“I love baking and I want to encourage other people to bake, especially children,” she said.

“We had some fantastic kids entires last year, especially the decorated cakes and cupcakes.

“It’s satisfying when you see people come in with their cakes and they’re really proud of themselves.

“This event is for everyone to have some fun and have a go.

“By the end of it I won’t want to see another cake!”

Bakers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter their creations in one of the 20 categories – everything from brownies and slices, to breads and sweet pastries.

Several new categorises have been added to attract more entrants and
ensure there is something for everyone.

“We’ve added brownies into the kids categories because they’re easy and fun to make,” Susan said.

“We are also encouraging more men to enter and last year a lot of them asked for a bread category, so it will be for handmade artisan bread.

“After organising last year’s bake off, I have listened to people and learnt from my mistakes It was a real learning curve and I hope I’ve balanced it out and made it easier for people to have a go. Don’t worry if you’re not a pastry chef – you’ll be okay.”

While there are no rules on creativity, bakers must carefully follow the competition guidelines.

Cakes cannot include fresh cream because the competition is held over two days, but they can have custard or fruit. Cakes must either be iced or uniced, but not dusted with icing sugar.

Susan believes if you can read a cookbook, you can bake. Just read the recipe carefully and don’t be too ambitious.

“I had to teach myself to bake, I don’t know how to do a lot of things, but I take great pleasure in baking,” Susan said.

“This morning I made a lemon coconut cake, it’s really easy to make, and yesterday a chocolate cherry cake.

“I don’t eat cake because I’m not a sweet tooth but I love sharing it with other people to enjoy.

“The best gift you can give someone is a cake – it’s almost an art.”

Baking is a creative way to forget one’s troubles and is an activity which Susan finds healing.

“If I’m feeling down I get in the kitchen and bake – it helps me to chill out and relax,” she said.

“Baking has been a great help over the years and I never have any trouble finding someone to eat my cakes.

“I have wonderful friends and I couldn’t have organised the bake off without them.”

Renowned chef and 5AA radio presenter Rilka Warbanoff who runs a cooking school in Hahndorf is this year’s special guest judge. She will sample every last cake with the help of her two official tasters.

Rilka said the bake off is a great way to support the local community and she is thrilled to be involved.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the creativity and interesting flavour combinations that people come up with,” Rilka said.

“Was it something they learnt from their grandmother or did they see it on television?

“Kids in particular have no rules or perception of what should or shouldn’t work.”

Rilka’s taste testing tactic is to have only one mouthful of each cake so she can sample them all.

“Firstly, I look for consistency, the cake has to rise evenly and not be hollow in the centre. It should not be over baked but moist,” she said.

“When you cut into the cake, if it’s meant to have layers, they should be obvious.

“It’s all about the flavour, it needs to look nice, but the flavour is what keeps you coming back.”

Rilka is known for her grandmother’s famous drunken sponge which is soaked in a litre of wine.

Once the cake has cooled, a syrup of Sauvignon blanc, cloves, lemons and vanilla is poured hot over the sponge.

“Baking is such as soothing activity,” she said.

“It’s is a great way to be artistic and to share what you’ve made with others over a cup of tea or coffee.

“Baking is also a good way to get children involved in the kitchen – I certainly remember licking the spoon from the beaters as a child.”

The Great Mylor Bake Off is sponsored by the Mylor Uniting Church with all funds going to the church’s community support groups and outreach programs.

The Great Mylor Bake Off will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 10am-3pm.

The awards will be presented on Sunday from 2pm and the best baker will receive a golden whisk trophy.

All entries will be on display along with an art display, garden stalls, second hand cookbooks for sale and refreshments.

Judging will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 1.30pm. Bakers can bring their entries from 10am and cost is $3 per entry.

Bakers must arrive at the hall on time as no late entries will be accepted once judging has commenced.

Postal entires close on Wednesday, April 26. Entry forms and details are available at the Mylor General Store or via email sunlinesusie@gmail.com. Entries close Friday, April 28.

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