Easter Bake Off!!

So chuffed to be asked to judge the Churchill Primary School Easter cake competition. After having children at the school for 15 years, it's a pleasure to go back and visit. They made me feel like a proper celebrity - was allowed to draw the raffle and everything. And look at the cakes!!!

This carrot patch masterpiece was made by a little dot in reception! All the carrots and the strips of lawn are piped in buttercream. Love the carrot tops piped with a star nozzle, and the chocolate soil. Very clever.

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More piping and meringues! I made some bunny cakes a bit like this last year but didn't think to use meringues for the bottoms. Lots of skill here. Very cute.

This must have taken ages. Lovely white clean fondant with no holes or chocolate finger prints!

Piping again! Love this: full of character. Really brilliant design.

Year 5 was the hardest group to judge. They'd all gone to such a lot of trouble. The designs were fantastic and they all looked delicious.

One pupil even managed to produce a gravity-defying design with hundreds of mini eggs pouring out of a magically suspended Easter egg!

Another ambitious design, from a year 6 pupil who's made three cakes of different colours, carefully cut them into cubes and painstakingly reassembled them to create a chequerboard pattern. Surprise inside cakes are very on trend so it's good to see the children of my town are out there pushing the boundaries of cake design!

What a treat. Love them.