CATSHILL resident Jo Chatwin won ‘Star Baker’ in a the Bromsgrove bake-off competition run by Broad Street DIY, writes Catherine Reston.
The contest had 21 entries in total, with some eager ones being handed in as soon as the shop’s doors opened on April 18.
The desserts included an ombre cake, Nanny Jean’s’ fruit cake, a Ferrero Rocher cake, a raspberry bakewell and a variety of rice crispy and cornflake creations.
The three judges – Lorita Cornish from Decanter Spirit, John Harper from Grafton Manor and Kelly Broadfield from Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm, sampled each one and gave out scores based on appearance, taste and texture.
Jo Chatwin’s coffee and walnut cake was the favourite, winning her a Broad Street DIY Star Baker apron and an afternoon tea for two people donated by Grafton Manor.
She said: “Baking is my passion.
“My coffee and walnut cake has always been popular with friends and family.
“It’s a special recipe passed down to me from my Nan. People ask me for the recipe but it’s a closely guarded secret.”
The charity event also raised £150 for the Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm.