The (Great) Roath Bake Off goes out with a bang!

Roath Bake Off
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.

Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney

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 Β£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). 

White Chocolate cake and coffee

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. 

Are you local to Cardiff? Have you ever been along to the Roath Bake Off? Drop me a message in the box below πŸ™‚



  1. April 29, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds so much fun. I love GBBO and I really enjoy local festivals which feature WI baking contests.
    Those pictures make me want to go bake a cake but mine would never look as good as those.

  2. April 29, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    I have to admit I haven’t heard of it but all that cake – oh my! I have to go next time.

  3. May 11, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    We used to have a bake-off competition at work but I never entered. That chocolate cake looks fantastic, such a lot of work seems to have gone into it. I hope someone takes over the competition too, it gives everyone a chance to show-off their bakes and have some fun.

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:51 pm

      I enjoy taking part in bake-offs, especially when it’s to raise money for charity – then I don’t feel so guilty about buying like, all the cake!

  4. May 11, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Looks like there were some amazing bakes on the day and glad you enjoyed the event!

  5. May 12, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Looks like so many yummy cakes were there! I must admit I have never watched Great British Bake Off though…

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:51 pm

      I don’t really watch the TV show much either, but this is a great community event. Shame it was the last one this year.

  6. May 12, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before and I’ve never been to a bake off! It looks like a lot of fun though πŸ™‚

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Oh wow, really? That must be rare. I love bake-offs and cake… mmm… cake πŸ˜€

  7. May 12, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    That looks fab! I used to live in a little Yorkshire village that had a proper fete with competitions like this!

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Aww, that sounds like it was a lovely day out. I love bake offs/cake sales… anything involving cake really πŸ˜€

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Me too! Food blogging makes me hungry, haha πŸ™‚

  8. Amy
    May 15, 2016 / 11:50 am

    The guys at my Mr’s work do a bake off (yup, the guys organised it) a new person bakes each week and the women judge it at the end of the month! ^_^ I love bake offs!

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      You can’t beat a good bake-off πŸ˜€

  9. May 16, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Any excuse for a massive slab of cake is good with me. They all look lovely x

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      I agree πŸ™‚ I love a good bit of cake!

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