Show-stopping cake bake for middle school pupils

The show-stopper cake competition.''L-R: Philip Hayward, Ben Wright, Headteacher Liam Murtagh, Jacob Cansfield, Food technology teacher Claudine Charleton, Emma Forsyth, judge Beth Philips and first place winner Martha Davies-Branch.
The show-stopper cake competition.''L-R: Philip Hayward, Ben Wright, Headteacher Liam Murtagh, Jacob Cansfield, Food technology teacher Claudine Charleton, Emma Forsyth, judge Beth Philips and first place winner Martha Davies-Branch.

Pupils at a north Northumberland middle school proved they have the baking bug in a special Christmas-themed competition.

The Year 8 students at Dr Thomlinson’s Middle School in Rothbury were tasked with a show-stopping challenge – to create the best Christmas cake.

The pupils took part in lessons with food-technology teacher, Claudine Charleton, and then created their own designs.

They were then put on display at a school coffee morning last week which was also raising money for Shelter.

Claudine said: “I think the cakes are fabulous and I am really proud of them all. And especially the boys, they seemed to really enjoy doing it.

“Everybody was really really excited about the project as well. It is also nice to invite the local community into the school.

“We don’t often get the chance to do that in middle school, so parents have enjoyed it as well.”

The cakes were judged by teacher Beth Philips, who said she couldn’t just choose a top three and awarded five prizes.

Thirteen-year-old Martha Davies-Branch took first prize, second and third were Ben Wright and Jacob Cansfield, both 12. Emma Forsyth, 13 took fourth position and 12-year-old Philip Hayward was in fifth.

Pupil Alex Law, 12, who took part in the competition, said: “It was nice to do something different in design and technology.”