As a Cardiff -based food blogger, I’m ashamed to admit that up until this weekend, I’d never been to the Roath Bake Off before.
Formerly known as The Great Roath Bake Off, The Roath Bake Off is a cake-making contest that sees dozens of budding bakers creating wonderful, weird and wacky cakes in a bid to be crowned winners of the popular community bake-off event. The event is organised and hosted by fundraiser, Wayne Courtney and Nathan Wyburn (food artist and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist) and sponsored by CPS Homes.
Every year, the bake-off raises thousands of pounds for charity. This year’s event was held in aid of Welsh Hearts, a charity dedicated to placing defibrillators in communities and delivering CPR and defibrillator training throughout Wales.
This Saturday’s Roath Bake Off was the sixth of its kind, although sadly it was the last for Wayne, as he is now looking to explore new ways of charity fundraising.
I went along to the bake-off at St Andrew’s Church Hall on Wellfield Road in Roath, Cardiff. I wasn’t able to get there until around 3.3opm – a good hour and a half at least after judging had taken place. By this time, most of the cakes had been sliced up to be sold for charity, so I was unable to take my own photos, but Wayne and Nathan have kindly allowed me to include some of theirs.
There were over 100 entries this year, spread over six categories. Judges included BBC weather presenter, Sue Charles, Big Brother’s Glyn Wise, Heart Radio Presenters, Jagger & Woody and former Great British Bake Off contestant, Stu Henshall, to name just a few.
As you can see, the quality and standard of entries was very impressive.
For just £2, I indulged in a large wedge of rich, moist chocolate sponge smothered in sweet, creamy white chocolate-flavoured icing, all washed down with a coffee (this was the first of the cakes pictured above).
Then, I joined rows of people in the church to watch live musical performances from a number of acts including Britain’s Got Talent contestant, Lorraine Bowen, who sang her famous Crumble Song.
I had a great time at the Roath Bake Off. It’s a shame that Wayne won’t be organising the event any more, but I’d love to see someone else take it over – and I can’t wait to find out what Wayne has got up his sleeve in terms of his future charity fundraising plans!
You can follow Wayne and Nathan on Facebook at ‘Wyburn & Wayne – Cardiff Times’, or on Twitter @WyburnWayne.
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