Contest to find the best CAKE in the Lake District

A summer fair in Windermere will stage a competition to find the best cake in the Lake District.

The Lakeland Cake of the Year Championship will be the highlight of the fair in the grounds of St Martin and St Mary’s CE primary school on Prince’s Road on Sunday August 8.

It’s a charity event with all funds raised going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stalls will be available for hire – the fee being to bring along a cake, – and there will be food & refreshments from Yardies Jamaican Street Food.

Previous winner

The cake contest is being revived by Jen Braithwaite and Eileen Jones of JB Cumbria, who met when organising the original event ten years ago at the Briery Wood Hotel. It included themes of the Olympic Games, and Lakes and Rivers, and attracted some remarkable creations from amateur and professional bakers. They raised money then for Alice’s Escapes, the charity set up to provide respite holidays for families with sick children, founded by Ulverston’s Alice Pyne; a teenager with terminal cancer whose bucket-list of things to do gained her thousands of social media followers. Alice died at the age of 17 in 2013, and this provided the catalyst for Jen and her involvement with Teenage Cancer Trust – since then, she has organised and worked on several events for the charity in the North-West.

Winning cake from the contest in Olympic year 2012. Recognise Sir Bradley Wiggins in icing?

Said Jen: “Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the words ‘you have cancer’.  Teenage Cancer Trust puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond. They do it through their expert nurses, support teams, and hospital units – and they’re the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialised nursing care and support.”

The theme of the contest is “Joy”, which can be interpreted any way that a cake maker wishes. Cakes should be brought to the event on the day, and they will be auctioned during the afternoon. The buyers will then take them home and provide feedback to determine an overall winner.

“We know that everyone has struggled over the past year and wanted to organise a community event that would truly bring some joy back into all of our lives,” said Jen. “And everyone loves cake!”

Winning cake: a replica of Ambleside’s Bridge House

The fair, from 2pm till 4pm, will be held in a marquee on the school field. Anyone wanting to book a stall should contact Jen on It’s a free event though donations to the charity are encouraged.

JB Cumbria is a partnership between Jen Braithwaite of JB Consulting and Eileen Jones of Cumbria PR.

Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 

For more information regarding Teenage Cancer Trust – please contact:


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