The Great Thamesmead Bake-Off 2017

Thamesmead students competed in the annual Bake-Off Inter-House competition this week. This hugely popular event saw over 150 students enter the heat stages across the four school houses with 37 students reaching the finals either singly or in pairs.

The range of creations in the final was amazing with a chocolate castle, chocolate orange, toffee apple, coffee and walnut gateau, lemon drizzle, white chocolate and marzipan and even a cookie monster cake!  Students were given 90 minutes to prepare a minimum two-layer cake and the food technology rooms were a hive of activity with mixing, whisking, melting, folding and piping skills being demonstrated.

A team of staff, prefects and school governors had the job of choosing winners based on taste, texture and presentation. It was a tough decision, but there was no shortage of volunteers for this tasty task.

After much deliberation, the winners were chosen for the upper school as Ellie & Sophia from year 9, who created a stunning three-layer biscotti cake. Elliot was the runner up baking a cappuccino cake with chocolate chards.  In the lower school Charlotte & Frankie baked the winning gravity defying cake with Millie & Grace runners up with a delicious chocolate and smarties cake. Year 8 student, George, has been busy filming the event since the start of the heats and plans to make short films as a memento of the competition for each house group.

The winning teams earned points for their house and were rewarded with cinema tickets as prizes.  The school staff will take their turn at the bake-off competition next week for the hotly contested ‘Star Baker’ title.

Senior House Leader, Mr Cooper said “The standard this year was higher than ever and it was amazing to see students from across the school putting in so much effort with their creations.”