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Kirsty crowned ‘queen of the cakes’

16:43 17 February 2014

Queen of the cakes Kirsty Kingdom, aged 10, from Barnstaple, is congratulated by Bake Off organiser, Go North Devon

Queen of the cakes Kirsty Kingdom, aged 10, from Barnstaple, is congratulated by Bake Off organiser, Go North Devon's Hannah Baker.

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Barnstaple schoolgirl wins first ever Great Barum Bake Off.

A total of 22 aspiring bakers entered the inaugural Great Barum Bake Off on Friday.A total of 22 aspiring bakers entered the inaugural Great Barum Bake Off on Friday.

JUDGES have crowned schoolgirl Kirsty Kingdom the queen of the cakes.

The 10-year-old beat off stiff competition to win the first ever Great Barum Bake-off, held in aid of Go North Devon’s Out and About Club.

Kirtsy’s Valentine-themed chocolate cake won the unanimous approval of judges asked to sample a total of 22 entries at the Shopmobility Centre in Barnstaple on Friday morning.

The surprised Orchard Vale pupil said: “I only entered to help raise money for the bus. I never thought I was going to win.”

Bake Off judges Andy Keeble editor of the North Devon Gazette, Graham Principe, owner of East and West Bakery, and Sharon Lynch of Go North Devon are pictured with the winning cake.Bake Off judges Andy Keeble editor of the North Devon Gazette, Graham Principe, owner of East and West Bakery, and Sharon Lynch of Go North Devon are pictured with the winning cake.

Proud mum Gena Harris said she had cooked with Kirsty and her sister Michelle from a young age.

“They really enjoy it but Kirsty has been baking enthusiastically for about six months and I think she has found a flair.

“She baked her sister’s birthday cake in January and made her gran’s 80th birthday cake at the beginning of February.

“She had no help at all – I was only in the kitchen because the oven was on,” added Gena.

North Devon Gazette editor Andy Keeble was asked to judge the entries, alongside Sharon Lynch, manager of Go North Devon and Barnstaple baker Graham Principe from East and West Bakery.

Mr Principe said: “There are certainly some budding pastry chefs here – everyone’s done a marvellous job.

“The standard was very, very good – it’s amazing the thought that has gone into some of the entries.

“Baking seems to be the flavour of the month at the moment and it’s great to see. One thing I think the recession has done is to encourage everyone to have a go at home.”

Gazette editor Andy added: “There really were some great cakes but Kirsty’s effort couldn’t be topped for texture, taste or creativity.

“All the judges agreed her cake was the best although I think we were all a little surprised to hear that she was so young – well done Kirsty, keep up the good work.”

Event organiser Hannah Baker said the Bake Off and following coffee morning and cake auction, raised nearly £440 for the charity.

“The team at Go North Devon are thrilled with the outcome and the response we have had for this event,” said Hannah.

“The quality of the cakes entered were amazing and they have really set the standard high for Go North Devon’s future Bake Offs.

“We are already planning for next year’s Great Barum Bake Off on Friday, March 6.”

The charity also thanked Pots ‘n’ Pans and Cookmate of Barnstaple, and Cheristow Lavender Farm for donating the winner’s prizes, and Devon Delights and East and West Bakery for donations to the coffee and cake event.

To see all the entries, check out our Bake Off competition gallery by clicking on the link at the top right of this page.

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