Staff and residents across Anchor who have a real passion for baking have risen to the challenge of showcasing their skills and taken part in the annual Christmas Cake Competition.  

Regional final winners of the competition will receive a trophy and a prize and all entrants will be awarded with a certificate on the day. 

Residents from Bridgewood Lodge retirement housing scheme in Lancashire have been making cup-cakes for the competition, said Scheme Manager Janet Murray.

Janet said: “We had fun making the cakes for the competition so are not too worried if we win a prize or not. Our message is: “It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas” and hope our cakes give people a festive feeling.” 

“The buns were made and decorated by residents following a Delia Smith recipe and adding lots of brandy.

In addition to this, Janet participated in the event herself year by baking her very own Christmas Cake. 

Janet said: “I bought the polar bear decoration and snowflakes but the rest of the decorations are handmade. 

“I made the scarf, baubles and snowballs and added the striped decoration to the cake base. I used marzipan and iced the cake. There is a lot of cognac in this cake! I followed a Delia Smith recipe but added another egg as I don’t like fruit cake too heavy or dark.”   

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