The Big Thame Bake categories
1 Victorious sponge
Can you bake a super sponge cake? Food writer and Big Thame Bake organiser Jane Hornby has supplied her ultimate recipe for you to follow for this category – visit Jane’s website to download. We also want you to make your own raspberry jam for the middle – no shop bought jam please!
The Thame WI will be judging this category.
2 Blin(g) up your Battenburg
Can you build a Battenberg with bling? Legendary pastry chef Benoit Blin would love to see what you can do. You can make it any colour or any flavour you like- but it must be the traditional shape.
3 Family favourite cake
Carrot cake, chocolate cake, lemon drizzle? Bake us your favourite large or loaf cake that you’d want to share over a pot of tea or coffee. (aside from Victoria sponge as there’s a category for that). Your cake might be iced or frosted but not covered with sugarpaste or royal icing. Show Miranda Gore Browne just how good you are!
4 – Showstoppers – 90 glorious years – A Happy Birthday Cake fit for our Queen!
Show off your baking skills with a stunning, decorated and creative large cake; layer it, ice it, do what you want with it as long as it’s based on the theme ‘Happy Birthday to our Queen 90 Glorious Years’. Benoit Blin will be tasting the insides as well as looking at the outside!
5 Tantalising traybakes & slices
If your brownies stand out from the rest, or your flapjacks are flipping delicious, then get them in The Big Thame Bake. A traybake should be easy to cut into squares or rectangles and can be cakey, include biscuit or pastry on the bottom; whatever you like.
It’s likely there will be lots of entries for this category so be creative with your ideas to impress Richard Burr and stand out from the crowd.
Adult and Junior (under 16) categories.
6 Totally Thame cupcakes
Create six identical, decorated cupcakes that say something about Thame or your favourite part of the town and the lovely Natalie Coleman will judge them.
Junior (under 16) only.
7 Spiced cakes
You can make anything from spiced apple cake to Jamaican ginger cake.
Get all spicy and exotic on us and our very own spice girl Chetka Makan will judge it.
8 Get your buns out!
Yeasted bun, of any type or indeed any shape – we don’t mind – just get them out for Richard Bertinet!
9 Thame’s Best Tart!
No soggy bottoms, but let’s get fruity!
Adam Johnson is judging this category, so impress him with your best filled tart – you absolutely MUST make your own pastry.
10 Business bake-off
Local businesses bake us a cake and make the decoration shout something special or unique about you. Pubs, estate agents, hairdressers, accountants… we want you to show us your hidden talents in the baking department. Mark Peregrine will be passing an eager eye over your fabulous business bakes.
11 A squidgy chocolate cake to bury your face in!
Will Torrent wants to see the squidgiest, most chocolately and deliciously naughty chocolate cake in the whole of chocolate land – so he can bury his face in it…and er judge it!
12 Gluten free cakes and bakes
We want to see your best gluten free bakes or cakes; savoury or sweet we don’t mind just as long as they are delicious. Hannah Miles, author of The Complete Gluten Free baker, will be judging this category.
THAME’S BEST OVERALL BAKER
The three Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ gentlemen will be judging the big prize of the day – finding the best bake from all the categories.
We do not have refrigeration at the venue and your cake or bake will need to withstand room temperature for several hours. We kindly ask please do not use fresh cream fillings or frosting that use raw or lightly cooked eggs.