Cup Cake madness in Somerset and Dorset

Added on 08 October 2009

Over 100 different cup cake ideas - ranging from pink and pretty to fabulously floral - were entered into the first annual cup cake design competition organised by Castle Gardens in Sherborne; Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil and Poundbury Gardens in Dorchester. Each entrant designed a cup cake for a chance to win a free afternoon tea in one of the Garden Centre restaurants, and the opportunity to see their winning cup cake design baked and decorated by the talented team of patisserie chefs at each centre.

The competitions ran throughout September and each entry was judged by the restaurant cake-making team. First, second and third place winners were picked at each centre:

 Connie Farrands aged seven won at The Walled Garden Restaurant in Castle Gardens for her yellow marzipan 'Hickory Dickory Dock' design

 Imogen Gommo aged six picked up the top prize at The Apple Tree Restaurant in Brimsmore Gardens for her 'Sunflower Delights' design and

 Jessica Scotchmer aged seven from the 4th Dorchester (Poundbury) Brownies group, won first prize for her 'Ladybird' design made from coloured icing and chocolate buttons!

"This is the first time we have ever been involved in an event like this and we were thrilled with the response. As soon as we put out competition entry forms and posters we had entries from children aged just two years old and several from people aged over 60! The restaurant teams have all said how impressed they were with the quality and originality of the designs and we really congratulate the winners who showed great talent and imagination," said Mike Burks, MD of The Gardens Group.

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