My goal had been to raise about 500€ in total… and after the first event (Chocolate Cake) with 8 bakers and 10 judges and an amazing amount of 210€ raised, I really felt that the target goal was achievable! However, Car-Free Sunday in Brussels threw a bit of a spanner in the works and our second event (Scones & Jam) - we had a somewhat smaller turnout (4 bakers & 8 judges) and a somewhat smaller amount raised (120€) – bringing our total to 330€… but I kept my hopes up that our final challenge would generate at least 170€.
With 5 bakers bringing in their baked take on the theme *BIRTHDAY CAKE* … and 19judges signed up…. I am proud to announce that we managed to rack in 370€ – bringing our total to a whopping 700€!!!!! 140% more than I had hoped to achieve!
BIG THANKS to all of the bakers who participated over the 3 months and of course to the wonderfully loyal and amazingly supportive judges and tasters who worked their way through mountains of cake and many a glass of cava!!
In our final event – we broke down the voting categories into 2 – BEST LOOKING cake and BEST TASTING cake.
Sarah had created this amazing looking Chocolate Owl cake (and I have to confess that I was super envious… )….
M won the BEST LOOKING cake – with her coffee and chocolate inspired checkerboard cake iced and wrapped like a present with fondant icing!
Eva from Hommesweeethomme came second in the BEST LOOKING cake category with her Belgian Independency Day inspired Cake (with decorations representing frites, a tub of mayonnaise (cupcake) and a tub of ketchup (cupcake)!)
My inspiration came from Cookie Monster’s blog (don’t you just love the blog name and her cake had been called a *hot tub cake*) – but I had used a Chocolate Victorian sponge cake sandwiched together with caramel and surrounded by chocolate finger biscuits and decorated with M&M’s (watch the blog for the full recipe later in the week)…. and I am proud to say that I won on BEST TASTING
Second place for the BEST TASTING category went to Katie from 365 things I learned in my kitchen