Cake lovers in the Lakes to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a bake-off

Lovers of good cake will gather at Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel for a Valentine’s bake-off competition.

The contest is organised by Windermere and Bowness Fairtrade group, and amateur bakers are invited to submit their “signature bake” which must be a single tier cake with a Valentine’s theme.

The event, on Wednesday February 10, will also feature baking demonstrations by Michael Vango, the pastry and sous chef at Cedar Manor’s restaurant. Michael, along with the hotel’s owners Jonathan and Caroline Kaye, will judge the entries.

Cakes entered must be made using Fairtrade sugar (widely available in shops locally or from Traidcraft online ( They will be judged on texture, flavour, appearance and decoration.

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Cake-loving hoteliers Caroline and Jonathan Kaye

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded and a “Special Fairtrade Merit Prize” will also be given. “This will allow people to be creative as far as range of Fairtrade products used together with any lesser known ones they are able to source,” said Theresa Wooll, who is co-ordinating the contest for the Fairtrade group with the Cedar Manor.

A maximum of 20 competition entrants will be allowed on a first come basis.  “You are not a registered competition entrant until a completed registration form and your fee is accepted by the Cedar Manor Hotel or by one of the Windermere and Bowness Fairtrade group members (details below).  You will also be given at that time a numbered Competitor Entrance ticket for the event,” said Theresa.

Cakes must then be delivered to the Cedar Manor Hotel, Ambleside Road, Windermere, on Wednesday February 10, between 11-11.30 am, on a suitably stiffened board or plate.  The winners will be announced at around 2.45 pm and all cakes must be collected by 3.30 pm.

The entry fee of £5 will include unlimited tea/coffee and a piece of cake at the event. Spectators can buy tickets for £3.50. Places are limited so it’s advisable to buy tickets in advance. Tickets and entry forms can be obtained from Joan Pollard (015394 44825);  Theresa Wooll (; Sally Johnson (; or from the hotel (015394 43192).

Cedar Manor co-owner Caroline Kaye said: “We are thrilled to host this competition because we love cake, and it’s such a good cause. Our restaurant uses Fairtrade products, and we are looking forward to some brilliant entries.”

Further details and an entry form can be found here: Bake Off Competition individual entrant form


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