Roath bake off rises to the occasion

There was a fantastic array of cakes and bakes at The Roath Bake Off which returned last weekend. 






The Roath Bake Off started in 2012 and was first held in The Coffi House on Wellfield Road, just as the TV show of a similar name became popular. The first Bake Off was an overwhelming success and the following year it moved to at St Andrews Church hall and it included a few music acts and stalls, again it was a massive success.

Hundreds of cakes and bakes were presented at the third Bake Off, with more judges and the musical entertainment, the whole church opened up to accommodate more people.  Each year the event has grown, with sponsorship from CPS Homes and more and more entries being submitted keeping the panel of twenty judges, including celebrity guests, busy sampling and scoring the cakes.

The categories included:

  • Roath’s Tastiest Cake
  • Roath’s Best Decorated Cake
  • Roath’s Best Cake (under 16’s)
  • Roath’s Best Bake (bread/savoury)
  • Roath’s Best Vegan Bake
  • The Roath Bake Off Cake Of The Year

Julie Heath, who works ward A6 at the University Hospital of Wales entered a cake into the competition and won in two categories, Tastiest Cake and Cake of the Year.

Wayne Courtney, who works at the University Hospital of Wales is one of the main organisers behind The Roath Bake Off said: “This year St Andrews Church asked for help to raise money for essential repairs to the church or face closure.

“We instantly teamed up and put on a series of concerts and raised half the target in just a few months.  At every event someone would ask about the Bake Off so we thought ‘What the hell’ let’s do it again.

“We were so pleased to see the Roath Bake Off back with more support than ever, adding to the amount that has already been raised, taking the total to over £10,000 St Andrews Church will hopefully be able to carry out the repairs it so desperately needs to carry on serving as a hub for the local community.”

Cardiff & Vale Health Charity were pleased to support this year’s bake off by entering a cake and holding a charity stand in the church hall and are looking forward to supporting and sponsoring the event in 2020.  Ruth Walker Executive Nurse Director at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has kindly agreed to be one of the judges on the panel.

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