Great Boro Bake Hailed a Huge Success

A baking extravaganza was the latest event to celebrate the re-opening of Middlesbrough Town Hall after its £7.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund-supported makeover.

Professional, amateur and just-for-the-love-of-it bakers converged on Centre Square to present cake designs based on a Middlesbrough building, landmark, or place.

The fifty cakes were then positioned on a giant (edible!) map in Centre Square to be photographed, admired and judged. 

The bakers themselves got to choose their favourites in a Bakers Choice Award, with a panel of judges choosing their top five ‘Star Bakers’.

On a beautiful summer’s day, hundreds turned out to admire and then devour the cakes that included everything from a chocolate Baker Street to Fairy Dell, and even an amazing Transporter Bridge complete with working parts.

Cake Fest creator Simon Preston said: “This event is all about coming together as a community to bake and share, celebrating this amazing town and the launch of the iconic refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall.”

“We were so impressed with the amount of time, skill and creativity that the bakers had poured into their amazing cake sculptures and the judges had a very difficult time choosing their favourites.”

Councillor Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities, announced the winners.

 He said: “I’m so relieved I wasn’t involved in the judging - in my opinion, they were all winners. We are so appreciative that so many people made the effort to come along and support the event, showing their obvious love and affection for Middlesbrough and indeed the Town Hall.”

Adding to the atmosphere of the event was Back Chat Brass, who have quickly become one of the UK’s leading street bands since bursting onto the scene in 2016.

Covering everything from Beyoncé and Bieber to Hall and Oates, they certainly kept everyone entertained as the culinary map was put together and even ran some brass workshops to give the crowds an opportunity to be more hands-on.

Winners of the event were:

The Bakers Choice Award chosen by participants of Cake Fest:

1st choice: Zoe’s Place (Baby Hospice) by Lizzy Lawrence

Runner-up for Bakers choice: Transporter Bridge by Tees Valley Women’s Centre Cake Class (teacher Tracy Golden)

The Top 5 Star Bakers chosen by a panel of Cake Fest judges were:

1st: Transporter Bridge (bakers as above)

2nd: Middlesbrough Central Library baked by Wendy Bentley

3rd:  Baker Street by Olivia McHale

4th: Zoe’s Place by Lizzy Lawrence

5th: Fairy Dell by Debbie Peacock and Sandra Lax