29 Sep

  • By VNW

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The Bake-Off returned bigger and better in 2016 at Cottingham Campus. This year, as well as the secondary heats, we also had primary heats. Students also had to contend with working alongside unfamiliar house mates as the house teams had only been re-shuffled just days before after the Hexit (House Exit) referendum result.

On the first day of heats, the primary students fought it out in 5 gruelling heats to try and secure a place in the first ever primary bake-off final. Every student put in 100% effort baking an unknown cake or biscuit that was only revealed to them at the start of the heat. All of the students produced high quality bakes and every round was really tough to judge. But there had to be one team to progress to the final from each heat and our guest judges selected the following winners:

Round 1 – Custard Creams – Warwick Green and Ida Sellars(Troopers)

Round 2 – Smarties Cookies – Kelsey Turner and Dexter Smith (Raiders)

Round 3 – Swiss Roll – Alaska Arnett and Liam Puxty (Warriors)

Round 4 – Vanilla Tray Bake with lemon – Denver Sellars , Sadie Wade and Amalia Wade (Warriors)

Round 5 – Ginger Bread Men – Holly Lant and Brendon Green (Raiders)


All of the primary students enjoyed the experience and the finalists were really excited about heading into the final where they had to bake a two tiered cake based on this year’s theme of:


The more you read,

The more you know,

The more you learn,

The more places you’ll go.


After the first day of baking the worktops were wiped down and pots and pans were washed and dried, ready to go again the next day. The second day of baking saw secondary students take centre stage. There were 6 fast paced heats during the day, where the challenge was not only a tough bake but a race against the clock to present their finished product.


Temperatures were soaring both inside the kitchen and outside which added to the difficulty of the bakes but the teams battled on with every group producing an end product. Again, all groups put in a fantastic effort to produce another set of tightly contested rounds. Guest judges were torn between bakes but the eventual winners were:


Round 1 – Scones – Saskia Green and Alana Graham (Warriors)

Round 2 – Strawberry Tarts– Chanelle Williamson and Charlton Palmer (Raiders)

Round 3 – Chocolate Roulade – Ketsia Fulcher and Atlanta Graham (Raiders)

Round 4 – Home Made Oreos – Tiffany Clark and Narelle Wade (Raiders)

Round 5 – Millionaires Shortbread – Harry Arnett and Carlos Haughton (Troopers)

Round 6 – Macaroons – Morwenna Fleck and Nikita Wade (Warriors)


The secondary finalists had the same theme as primary but needed to produce a 3D Gingerbread structure for their showstopper.


After the excitement of the heats had settled, the winning teams had to quickly start planning their showstopper. They had less than two weeks to plan and practice their final bake.


The primary students were up first again in the final and had four hours to create a two tiered cake which embodied this year’s theme.


Although the heats had been closely contested they were nothing compared to the final. Every team went above and beyond anything we could have imagined to produce a set of fantastic bakes. Each team presented their showstopper before the whole school, before the judges entered to rank each bake based on overall appearance, taste and interpretation of the theme.


Every team produced a winning bake but one had to be our 2016 winner. The team of Denver Sellars, Sadie Wade and Amalia Wade representing the Warriors team just pipped Holly Lant and Brendan Green from the Raiders to be crowned the first primary winners of the Great Cottingham Bake-Off.


Just 24 hours later the secondary bake-off was under way with our toughest final challenge to date. The students not only had to make and bake gingerbread they had to build a 3-D structure with it and make sure that it did not fall down. Again every group put in an amazing effort but this year’s winners with a gingerbread version of our current campus, including edible windows were Harry Arnett and Carlos Haughton from the Troopers who were pushed all the way by Saskia Green and Alana Graham.


The Bake-Off was once again a great success and the perfect way to kick off this year’s house competition. With a busy calendar of events throughout the year be sure to look out for further articles from Cottingham Campus on our first ever mud run and colour run.


We could not host events like the bake-off without the fantastic support we get from the community. Bake-off days are long and hectic and can get quite stressful so I would like to say a big thank you to all the community members who helped out during the heats and finals.