Sugar rush! There’s cakes galore at town’s fundraising bake off

More than 40 delicious cakes were entered into Berkhamsted’s first ever bake off, which raised cash for the charity International Service.

Friday, 27th February 2015, 11:54 am
The Great Berkhamsted Bake Off group picture.

Amateur bakers entered their sweet treats at Berkhamsted Town Hall on Saturday (February 21).

There were three different age categories - adults, young adults and children.

Cakes were judged on appearance, taste and texture by three judges - Berkhamsted’s Deputy Mayor Tom Ritchie, NSPCC volunteer Lisa Wright and baker Louise Fanthorpe.

Adult first place - Susie Moran.

In the adult category, first place went to Susie Moran, second to Eunice Cure and third place was awarded to Laura Clark.

In the young adults category, open to those aged 12 to 17, first place was presented jointly to Isabelle Seaman and Grace Horn, second place went to Aneil Grainge-Lovick and third was given to Daisy Green.

In the children’s category, for under 11s, first place was presented to Edward Camichel, second to Noah Topley and third place was awarded to Isabel cook.

Organiser Lorna Chapman said: “The cakes were absolutely fantastic – from cookie monster cupcakes to Berkhamsted canal themed cakes – they were amazing, all entrants really gave their cakes their best and their hard work really showed.

Adult second place was awarded to Eunice Cure.

“The prizes were also great I would really like to thank Marks and Spencer Berkhamsted, Carphone Warehouse Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema and Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts for their contributions to the Bake Off.”

Through International Service, Lorna will spend 10 weeks in Burkina Faso volunteering with local people in the country’s capital city Ouagadougou on a project to fight poverty.

She applied through the government funded International Citizen Service scheme for 18-25 year olds and will be working with the York-based development charity International Service to promote the rights of women, children and young people, disabled people and those living with HIV and AIDS.

“I have pledged to fundraise £1,500 for International Service in order to show my commitment to them before I do my project placement -The Bake off and the donations from those there helped me raise £500 which means I have now fundraised a total of £1,300 for International Service which is just incredible,” said Lorna.

Adult third place was awarded to Laura Clark.

“The reason I organised The Great Berkhamsted Bake off was I really wanted to organise an event that everyone in Berkhamsted could get involved with. My theme for the bake off was community – after judging took place teas, coffee and juice were served and everyone shared their cakes and were allowed to try each other’s – it was essentially a giant coffee morning. I also made sure the prizes were specific to Berkhamsted. I had an amazing time and lots of people spoke to me about doing another one next year.”

Lorna is currently on a gap year after studying at Ashlyns School sixth form and hopes to contribute significantly to her project in Burkina Faso before returning to the UK to study medicine at St Georges University London in September.

To see more about Lorna’s fundraising work or to support her by donating go to

Young adults first place went jointly to Isabelle Seaman and Grace Horn.
The first place childrens winning cake was created by Edward Camichel.
Children's second place went to Noah Topley. His is pictured with his dad.
Young adults second place winner Aneil Grainge Lovick.
Young adults third place went to Daisy Green.