Rossendale Free Press

Enjoy festive fun in the oven

- STUART PIKE @stuartpike­78

IT’S that time of year when bakers in Rossendale dig out their recipes and plan their grand Christmas table centrepiec­e – the traditiona­l Christmas cake.

Rossendale Hospice’s Christmas Cake competitio­n returns this year, and they are hoping it will be even bigger than last year.

Those who purchase one of their Christmas cake kits can then enter into a competitio­n for Best Dressed Cake. Simply send a photo of your finished masterpiec­e to the hospice to enter.

Bakers will have their cakes judged by awardwinni­ng cake artist, and Rossendale Hospice supporter, Molly Robbins.

As well as helping raise much-needed funds for the hospice, entrants stand in line to win a luxury hamper worth £50 and this year there will also be a separate children’s competitio­n for those budding bakers 16 and under.

Joanna Williams, community fundraiser, said: “Last year we sold almost 100 cake kits so we just had to bring it back again for 2021. We wanted to herald the Christmas season in with a fun competitio­n for the local community.

“We had so many great entries last year so we’re hoping Rossendale bakers will rise to this competitio­n again and help raise funds for us.

“We are extremely thankful to the Co-op in Waterfoot for sponsoring our competitio­n and making it possible and also to Tesco Rawtenstal­l for their kind contributi­on of ingredient­s.”

The Christmas Cake kits, which cost £15, can be purchased by visiting the Rossendale hospice website or calling into the Hospice itself.

The cakes can be embellishe­d

and decorated as classicall­y or elaboratel­y as each baker wishes – marzipan icing, dusted with icing sugar or an entire snowscape; the only limit on decoration

is the baker’s imaginatio­n.

To discover more about Rossendale Hospice and to purchase a kit, visit www. rossendale­

 ?? ?? ●●Molly Robbins (inset) will judge the entries in the Rossendale Hospice Christmas Cake contest
●●Molly Robbins (inset) will judge the entries in the Rossendale Hospice Christmas Cake contest

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