Budding bakers needed to create Cake for Eastbourne

Budding bakers are being urged to enter a fund-raising competition to create the perfect Eastbourne cake.

The contest, called ‘A Cake for Eastbourne’, is being organised by Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson and local MP Stephen Lloyd and his MP’s Commission. Money raised will be donated to the 2013 Mayoral charities, the Matthew 25 Mission and Chloe’s Fight for Sight.

Cake makers of all ages and skills are invited to enter one of several classes, from an original recipe to possibly become a new Eastbourne classic cake, sponge and sweet pastry to gluten free and novelty cake, and then present their creations at a judging event on Sunday October 27.

Cllr Thompson, who has invited several local schools to take part, said, “We already have the Eccles cake, the Bath bun and the Bakewell tart. Now we need a cake for Eastbourne to call its own, something that reflects the town and all its glory. So we’re calling all bakers, of all standards, to grab their aprons and get cooking to help make a difference.”

Judges will include Nigel Jones, former owner of the legendary Hungry Monk restaurant, where the world famous Banoffee Pie was created.

MP Stephen Lloyd said, “I have planned to launch what I hope will be an annual town-wide competition for ages so I hope as many local residents as possible enter.”

The event is being held from 10am on October 27 at the Hardwicke Suite in the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre. Cakes will be on sale as well as being judged to find the best. To enter email mayorsoffice@eastbourne.gov.uk, call 415020 to request a form or pick up a form from The Sugar House, the Matthew 25 Mission shop, Sugarloaf, Beannz Coffee House, Willingdon Post Office or Paperlane. Entry costs £2 per cake per class or £1 per cake for the under 16s.

The Matthew 25 Mission in Eastbourne is a community based group assisting people in need and offers practical help and support to anyone, regardless of race, religion or gender.

Chloe Laslett, from Eastbourne, has been losing her sight due to a rare condition and her family and friends are raising money to pay for research and help make Chloe’s life easier through their Fight for Sight campaign.