World cup theme for Lakeland cake contest

The annual Lakeland Cake of the Year contest is to be staged again at Windermere in June, with the topical theme of “Brazil and the World Cup”.

The Briery Wood Hotel will again host the contest which attracts creative bakers from all over the Lake District and beyond.

The event is organised to raise money for Alice’s Escapes, the charity established by the late Alice Pyne, the Ulverston teenager, to provide respite holidays for families with terminally ill children.

Organiser Jen Braithwaite said that the theme this time gave a broad scope for bakers to exercise their artistry. “We expect there will be some wonderful football cakes, but with the theme of Brazil, we might also get some representations of rainforests or carnivals or samba dancing – the possibilities are endless.”

The contest is famous for attracting exceptionally high standards and last year’s winner was a sponge and fondant model of Ambleside’s iconic bridge house. The baker of that cake, Elliot Johnson, will be on this year’s judging panel, alongside Lancashire Life food writer Philippa James.

Entry forms will be available soon from the Briery Wood Hotel website, and further details can be found by emailing The contest is on Saturday June 21.


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