KS3 Bakeathon

INSPIRED by a popular BBC2 TV series, Haslingden High School students took part in their own bakeathon.

In total 109 students entered the Haslingden High version of the Great British Bake Off and whilst working alone or in pairs they had to create a collection of culinary delights from pastries to cakes and bread.

The bakeathon was organised for Years 7 and 8 by Food Technology teacher Vicky Allen and just eight students made it through to the final to create a cake that had to look as good as it tasted.

Among the prestigious judges was former student Sam Aston, best known as Chesney Brown from ITV’s Coronation Street.

The winner was Year 8 student Chloe Marriott, 12, who created a chocolate log and runners up were Nuala Hunt and Rowan Cothliff, 11, both from Year 7 who created a cake with snowmen and a chocolate finger surround.

Finalists had two days to bake and then decorate their cakes, which were judged on appearance, taste and texture.

Head of Food Technology Kate Sieg-Hogg said: “Chloe’s cake had a lovely spongy texture and there was just the right amount of frosting. She got the balance right and gave the cake a good flavour.”

Chloe said: “Entering the competition was good fun because I got to show the teachers what I liked to bake.

“I was more nervous when I got into the final but we all helped each other – it was like a big family.”

Similar competitions will be organised for other years.

Chloe’s prize is a day at The Chocolate Café in Ramsbottom and the two runners up won Great British Bake Off books.