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Spooky baker to turn on Christmas Lights

BAKE-OFF winner and Girl Guide Amanda, bakes up a storm to win the honour of Tamworth Christmas Lights switch-on.

Young baker Amanda Little has been crowned winner of this year’s Halloween-themed Tamworth in Bloom Bake Off.

Young Girl Guide Amanda, from the First Wilnecote Guides, saw off the challenge from 16 other young bakers to take the title – as well as winning the honour of switching on Tamworth’s Christmas lights.

Runners-up were Emma Beggs from Mile Oak Brownies, Jude Nelson from Sacred Heart Scouts and Dylan Darby from Hopwas First Cubs.  Other entrants were highly commended for the high standard of their cakes.

This year, the theme was Halloween, which saw bakers bringing their spooky creations to compete for the Bake Off title.

Cubs, Scouts, Brownie, Guides, leaders and parents from 15 packs across Tamworth flocked to the Town Hall on Friday October 27, to see each pack’s best baker compete for the title. Each of the groups had previously held a contest to choose the top baker to represent them in the final.

The judges were Nicola Clark from Heart of England in Bloom, and Lee Bates from Tamworth Community Together CIC. They looked very closely at each of the cakes before cutting a slice and tasting it – marking each one for appearance, taste and relevance to the spooky theme. They praised the extremely high quality of all the entries, and admitted that choosing an eventual winner was extremely difficult.

The competition was fierce but Amanda Little from Wilnecote took the well-deserved first place honour, with her spooky decorated two tier cake topped with an impressive ghost sculpture and rainbow sponge centre.

Amanda will now be the guest of honour at the Tamworth Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday November 26, when she will throw the switch to light up the town, alongside Mayor of Tamworth Cllr John Chesworth; not forgetting Father Christmas and The Gruffalo who will make an appearance too.

Tamworth Mayor, Cllr John Chesworth with the Bake-off entrants

Tamworth Mayor, Cllr John Chesworth with the Bake-off entrants

The Mayor of Tamworth Cllr John Chesworth said: “It is lovely to see so many packs taking part in the competition and sending along their best bakers to compete for the Bake Off title.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my day in the ‘office’ today, tasting all of these amazing Halloween themed cakes. Thank you to everyone who made this Tamworth in Bloom Bake Off a big success.”

The finalists were:

  • Winner: Amanda Little, First Wilnecote Guides – amazing two tier spooky cake topped with a ghost sculpture
  • Runner-up: Emma Beggs, Mile Oak Brownies – fabulous creepy large spider cake
  • Runner-up: Jude Nelson, Sacred Heart Scouts – scrumptious pumpkin sponge
  • Runner-up: Dylan Darby, Hopwas First Cubs – scary delicious cream sponge eye-ball cake
  • Jack Longmore, Polesworth Cubs
  • Lily Higgs, First Mercian Cubs
  • Harvey Biddle, Eighth Tamworth Cubs
  • Harrison Yeomans, Mile Oak Cubs
  • Joshua Page-Gibbs, Dosthill Friday Cubs
  • Archie Yates, First Hopwas Scouts
  • Eden Sumnerquinn, Hopwas Guides
  • Isabella Rae Cotton, First Glascote Cubs
  • Sophie Warren, First Tamworth Rainbows – the only Rainbow to enter the final
  • Jodie Blackmore, Dosthill Brownies
  • Sophie Mills, Third Amington Brownies
  • Emily Kavanagh, First Tamworth Brownies
  • Scarlet Bannister, Dosthill Brownies

Tamworth in Bloom Champion, Cllr Joy Goodall, said: “It is amazing to see all the various groups and packs with their leaders, family and friends supporting the Tamworth in Bloom Bake Off at the Town Hall on October 27. Last year the standard was so high and this year was no exception. All of the cakes have shown the hard work and effort achieved to showcase a ‘spooktacular,’ Bake Off success.

“This Bake Off demonstrates that Tamworth in Bloom is so much more than just the flowers. Well done to all the amazing bakers!”



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