Great Highfields Bake Off’s main judge reveals favorite cake

By Jacob Moseley

Hundreds of bakers, families, and people just looking for a slice of cake will pile into a community hall tomorrow(SAT NOV 17) in the hope of impressing their Leicester MP with homemade sweet treats.

South Leicester MP Jon Ashworth explained: “Events like this not only create a platform for people to show off their talent but bring together different communities who can engage in something they are all passionate about.”

The event at Wesley Hall, in Hartington Road, Leicester, has seen entry numbers rise from  15 last year to 20 this year.

The bakers will be hoping for a top three place with the only baking restriction being no cake taller than two tiers. The winning three will receive trophies, gift cards and goodies.

Mr Ashworth said: “The Highfields Bake off is organised by Wycliffe ward councillors and my office and I hope, by promoting such events, I encourage people to organise similar events to unite people.”

Another important person involved in organising the event, business owner Hajra Hafejee, has been creating traditional meal plans and “adaptations of recipes from all over the place” for years which she shares through her online, Instagram and Facebook blogging platforms (Hajra’s Kitchen).

Hajra, as an active community worker, explained “The main reason for the event is to enjoy the community and also to showcase the talent who may just bake as a hobby. Expectations are for people to be more confident within the community.”

This is only the second year of the Bake Off and Mr Ashworth added: “Last year was very successful.”

Last year, the event raised more than £100 for charity as the participants have the option of selling slices of cake after the competition.

Every entrant will receive a medal for their best efforts but Mr Ashworth admitted that his favorite cake is the classic Victoria Sponge – perhaps a tip for the 20 competitors to think about.

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