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Hats off to Martha as she judges npower’s best bakes during Macmillan’s Coffee Morning

Today employees at npower’s Scarcroft and Limewood offices in Leeds, took part in a ‘bobble hat’ themed cake competition to raise funds for their charity partner of 12 years, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Employees based at both sites battled it out for the title of star baker – as selected by Martha Collison, the youngest ever contestant on BBC’s The Great British Bake Off and quarter finalist of the 2014 show.

npower is running the baking competition across its eight main sites to celebrate Macmillan’s 26th World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event and this year, the main event will be taking place across the country on Friday 30th Sept. npower enlisted  the help of Martha to inspire the nation to hold their own Coffee Mornings by cooking up an exclusive chocolate and lime hat cake for Macmillan – and the challenge has also been set for employees at each site to dust off their aprons and bake their own ‘bobble hat’ cakes, raising funds to help people living with cancer keep warm without the worry.

 

In Leeds, Martha judged all the bakes based on how they met her winning criteria of taste, style and creativity.

The winning cake at the Scarcroft site was baked by Vicky Moore, a billing and collections senior analyst. Her classic three layer Victoria sponge with strawberry jam and butter cream was covered in plaited icing in Macmillan’s green and white colours to give the knitted bobble hat effect.

Vicky said: “This is my first attempt at piped icing and I’m thrilled at how it turned out - and winning the competition has literally been the icing on the cake! Having the chance to meet Martha was a lovely surprise too. Before today, I did lots of research to make my cake look as realistic as possible. The recipe is a family favourite - my mum's Victoria sponge. She's been baking since she was young and both mum and nan are all avid bakers, who were my inspiration for my winning cake.  

Talking of the winning cake, Martha added “The intricate plait decoration was so impressive and must have been so time consuming. The cake is neat, has perfect layers and a buttery sponge - I can't fault it in any way. All the cakes were delicious and I'm really impressed at everyone's efforts. It was really difficult to pick the best cake, but Vicky’s sponge was definitely a winner!”

During the baking competition, Martha commented: “It’s not every day that you get to encourage people to bake for such an amazing cause. Cancer can have such a devastating impact on people’s lives so any opportunity to create awareness, especially through baking, is a cause I’m incredibly proud to be involved in.”

 

Beth Gardner, Head of Community at npower, said, “Our employees really rose to the occasion, showcasing their baking skill in our cake competition. We’ve seen and tasted a whole range of cakes and bakes - and not a soggy bottom in sight! We’re proud to work with Martha to deliver such a fantastic event. We hope Martha’s exclusive cake recipe inspires people to hold their very own Coffee Mornings and raise vital funds for Macmillan to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”

To take part in this year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning, head to www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee to register and upload your image at @npowerHQ