Bake off and Tea on the Thames, June 2016

posted 29 Jun 2016, 09:06 by Sailing Secretary   [ updated 29 Jun 2016, 09:07 ]
Minima’s first ever Bake-off on Sunday 12th June 2016 was a great success and a fitting prelude to the Annual Tea on the Thames in aid of Sail4Cancer which this year coincided with the Queen’s official 90th Birthday.  There were 11 entries for the Bake-off, of a very high standard, drawn from all sections of the club (sailing, paddling, social).

The challenge, obviously, was to bake a cake ‘Fit for a Queen’, and all the entries certainly were.

First prize went to Adi Holmes with a Chocolate and Guinness cake with mascarpone frosting.  Every slice looked like a freshly poured pint of Guinness with its frothy top, and melted in your mouth in a surprisingly mellow way.

Second prize went to Denise Norman with her High Treason Death by Chocolate Tower: four layers of rich chocolate sponge, ganache and buttercream, topped off with maltesers and Ferrero Rocher chocolates.  The groans of delight as tasters (and later on tea takers) took their slices were a joy to hear.

Third prize went to Michelle Banks for the perfect Victoria sandwich, with a classic jam filling and "precision" swirly buttercream topping.

The "winner's whisk" award for the cake that didn’t score highly enough overall but which looked perfect for the occasion went to Steph Morgan, with a salted caramel crown cake decorated with union flag bunting and 90 years butterflies.

The main judge was our very own Delia, Delia Curtis, a local Mum and prize winning baker.  She was ably assisted by Teddy Curtis and Daniel Fletcher (both aged 11), two Sea Scouts who really understood the work the charity is doing and have experienced first-hand all the benefits of getting out on the river.  They are also champion cake tasters.  James Curtis (aged 6 and still a Beaver but allowed on the river for kayaking) was on hand to give his own valuable opinions.  (Anne Gulland's never-fail fudgy chocolate cake nearly didn’t make it upstairs once James had started on it and gone back for seconds!).  Following the judging, slices of cake were offered for sale, in aid of Sail4Cancer, attracting plenty of passers-by on the towpath.


The afternoon teas commemorating the Queen’s 90th Birthday were well supported by members and the public, with the help of an occasional shower of rain.  The spread on offer and the room decoration were stunningly attractive.  With donations, the total raised for Sail4Cancer was £500.  Many thanks to Steph and Bob Morgan for organizing a most enjoyable and successful event.