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Calling all cake bakers …

It’s time to practice your baking skills and work on your cake designs ready for this year’s Solihull Fairtrade Cake Off.

The free-to-enter competition takes place on Saturday 24 February at The Core Theatre, Touchwood - and there are lots of lovely prizes on offer for the winners. 

Adults and children can compete in a range of categories from children’s cupcakes to show stoppers – the only rule is that they must include at least two Fairtrade ingredients.  There are also special prizes for entrants who produce information about Fairtrade ingredients.  This can be any medium - think poster, poem or performance.

Local resident Dayeeta Pal – who has won the Cake off for the last three years – makes her debut as a Cake Off judge.  Joining her on the panel will be BBC junior Bake Off champion 2015, school girl Amari Koryang (pictured) - already an experienced cake judge – and Solihull’s Mayor, Cllr Stuart Davis.

Dayeeta said: “I’m not a professional baker, nor do I have a catering degree.  I am just a passionate home baker with a will to never stop learning. The Fairtrade Cake Off made me realise what I had, who I am and where I want to be one day!  I would really urge Solihull home bakers to enter the Fairtrade Cake Off – you’ll enjoy it, and maybe start a journey of your own.”

Amari added: “I’ve had a great time since winning the BBC’s junior Bake Off and I now volunteer with The Real Junk Food Project.  The project collects food that would be thrown away and uses it to cook some really fantastic food for local people.  Solihull Fairtrade Cake Off is another ethical way to put your cooking skills to good use - and have a lot of fun in the process.”

For full details – including cake drop off times and categories, visit

The Solihull Fairtrade Cake Off takes place during Fairtrade Fortnight, 26 February – 11 March 2018.

The Cake Off schedule for the day is:

  • Cake drop off – 10am – 12 noon
  • Judging – 12 noon – 1pm
  • Prizes – 1.30pm


  • Under 11s children’s cup cake - make and decorate four cup cakes
  • Under 16s children’s family favourite
  • Adults’ family favourite
  • Adults’ celebration/showstopper


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