Best of Welsh Bake-Off Competition Launches with New Junior Category


Mold WI and Mold Food & Drink Festival are teaming up once again to run the popular Best of Welsh Bake-Off Competition 2016.

Now in its sixth year, the competition, which is specifically designed for home bakers, has a new under 12s junior entry category.

Baking enthusiasts from across the region are being encouraged to enter and bake a lemon drizzle cake. Deliciously moist with a crunchy lemon and sugar topping, this sweet treat is a real favourite. Recipes can be found in books by some of the country’s top celebrity bakers and cooks.

The cake is very simple to make using straightforward store cupboard ingredients but the key is to allow the cake to stand a little after removing from the oven before pouring over the lemon and sugar syrup. The topping should be added whilst the cake is still warm to allow it to soak in but leaving the sugar on top. If the cake is too hot the mixture will simply run straight through.

Emma Russell, President of the Mold WI branch said: ‘We’re delighted to be running this competition in conjunction with the Festival again. We think most people will be familiar with the taste, and appearance of a lemon drizzle cake so, even if they’ve never made one before, this is the perfect opportunity to have a go!

“It’s easy to enter as you can just bring your cake to the Festival on the Saturday and there’s no entry fee, it’s completely free. We always receive a good number of entries including quite a few from children which is why we decided to introduce a junior age category. We’re hoping this will encourage even more entries from young bakers!

“We’re really looking forward to exhibiting at the Festival next month. It’s the 90th anniversary of our Mold WI branch so it’s a special year for us and the Festival gives us an opportunity to talk to people about what the modern day WI is all about. It’s brilliant for the local community to have such a major event held here in Mold.”

To enter the competition, take your lemon drizzle cake in a container to the Festival on Saturday 17th September by 4.00pm together with a completed entry form which can be found on the website . Hard copies can be picked up at My Hair Lady, New Street and in various cafes and shops in and around Mold.

Entries will be judged at 5pm on the Saturday by a team of judges. The winners will receive a competition trophy and certificate from the WI to be presented by celebrity chef, Nick Nairn, on Sunday afternoon.

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