March 2018: Students show bake off skills for book day

SNOW may have forced our World Book Day ‘Bake Off’ challenge to end up being put to an online vote, but this didn’t deter student entries.
Scores of culinary creations were posted on Haslingden High School’s Facebook page and the school invited the public to pick the best in a series of categories: most inventive idea, most skilful creation, the cake that made me smile and the people’s choice award – the cake you’d most like to take home.
The public decided that The Stick Man created by brother and sister Bradley and Amy Roose was the most inventive idea as well as the cake that made people smile winning them both a £10 book voucher.
Amy, 12, said: “We decided to recreate our favourite childhood book Stick Man and made a chocolate sponge and created the Stick Man by sticking two Curly Wurly bars together, covering them with chocolate and adding edible icing.
“We didn’t think we would win because there were so many amazing entries.”
The most skilful creation was a Harry Potter cake made by Matthew Marriott, 13, who attends a cake course at Accrington and Rossendale College with his mum Bridget.
Matthew, who won a £15 book voucher, said: “I have previously attended a junior chef course at the college and am the youngest person on the cake course.
“It is a six week course and we attend for three hours every Wednesday. I have learnt about flat icing, crumb coat and how to shape and mould icing.
“I wouldn’t mind being a chef when I finish school. I cook a lot. I make Sunday roast and often make tea at home. I have also just been asked to make a Gruffalo cake for a two-year-old’s birthday.”
The People’s Choice went to The Wimpy Kid which was created by 11-year-old friends Ben Yousaf and Katie Butler.
They used tracing paper to get the book cover just right and then piped on chocolate to create the image. They won a £20 voucher to share.