Report by Zak Minett - Year 8
Tiahna Williams, Year 8, had a huge surprise in store for her on Friday 28th March, when it was revealed to her that she had won the junior category of the Big Cake Show South West cake competition. The Big Cake Show was held in Exeter, West-Point Arena, and celebrated the art of baking. It played host to such celebrities as 'Queen of Cakes' Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, and Ed Kimber. All masters in the profession of baking.
The cake baking festival hosted demonstrations by a number of celebrity bakers such as Mary Berry, amongst other smaller stalls.
The event also hosted a competition for both junior and adult bakers. The competition tasked the bakers to create a South West themed cake, whether based on the beautiful landscapes of Dorset; the architecture of Devon, or the traditional foods of Cornwall. Tiahna had based her Cornish themed cake on a traditional Stargazy pie. She had covered the cake in fondant to make it look like a pie, then made fish heads, also out of fondant which she painted to add detail. She won £75 and a baking hamper full of essential goodies for any baking enthusiast. Tiahna said she chose lemon cake as lemon is well known for going with fish, and that whilst she is delighted to have won the competition, she also really enjoyed standing back and watching the public as they smiled and took photos of her cake.
That wasn't the only surprise in store for Tiahna though. She was pulled up on stage by Paul Hollywood himself, and congratulated, a huge honour to any baker.
Tiahna has been a consistent winner of the annual school charity bake off, run by Miss Ritchie.