In advance of the return of The Great British Bake Off to TV screens this summer, the Gilbey Girls of Elsenham Women's Institute held their own competition.

The Showstopper Challenge was to decorate a cake, either made or bought in advance, in 45 minutes – under the watchful eyes of the judges and other WI members and guests.


Each of the six competitors produced something very different. There were floral cupcakes, knitting wool and needles, a table set for a tea party, a patriotic crown, a vegetable allotment and an owl.


After much deliberation, the judges – Elsenham Parish Council chairman Petrina Lees and local magistrate Elaine Terry – declared Trish Burrin as the winner for her intricate depiction of an owl.


Cllr Lees said: "All the entries demonstrated great talent and creativity so it was difficult to decide on an outright winner. In the end, Trish's painstaking creation of an owl from scratch on the night swung it for us."


The cakes were then auctioned to raise money for a homelessness shelter.


Elsenham WI president Moyra Jackson said: "We have some very talented cake decorators and I'm delighted that we were also able to make some money for one of our local good causes."

Elsenham WI's 'Great British Bake Off' Challenge

By  Herts & Essex Observer

Posted: July 9, 2016