A team of creative culinary geniuses from a Sanctuary Care home in Bordon have won first place in the organisation’s annual Christmas cake bake.
It took the team and residents at Ashley House Residential Care Home in Bordon a week to craft the stunning Christmas tree cake, with midnight blue glitter icing, silver embellishment and individual white snowflakes as branches.
Several of the home’s residents, chef manager Wendy Reid, her decorating assistants Karin Hoogenhout, administrator, Kamana Rai, support worker and Ronnie Smith, activity leader all played a part in crafting the masterpiece.
The creation was the icing on the cake and the culinary team scooped first prize in Sanctuary’s seventh Christmas Cake Competition, which took place at its Worcester offices. The win netted Wendy and the team £250 to spend on residents at the home.
Speaking of the home’s victory, Wendy said: “We are absolutely overjoyed. Everyone worked so hard on this beautiful cake – it was a real team effort and our residents must take a lot of the credit too for making the delicious cake mixture.
“It also brought back a lot of memories for many of our residents as they used to make a Christmas cake at home with their families when they were younger. Whilst making the cake mixture each resident made a Christmas wish and gave it a good stir to help it come true!”
Margaret Powell, the home’s manager, added: “Everyone had so much fun making it but really didn’t expect to win so to win this the week before Christmas is quite literally the icing on the cake. It’s fantastic news!”
In second place was a cake in the shape of a stunning ice palace scene inspired by the Disney film ‘Frozen’, created by Joanna Collins and Richard Henderson, catering assistants at Greenwich Gardens Extra Care scheme in Derby. The deluxe confection won the pair £100 for the scheme.
In third place was an impressive, intricately adorned Christmas candle-shaped cake by Ange Hobbins from Breme Residential Care Home in Bromsgrove.
Meanwhile, Sally Ann Matts, home manager at Lake View Residential Care Home in Telford, won the highly commended and Sanctuary staff vote prize with her stunning snow-scene, featuring comedy cartoon-style penguins.
The competition was judged by Stephen Rees, Sanctuary Care’s director of care Operations, Mark McCarthy, managing director of Sanctuary Care and Ricky Perkins, chef at Sanctuary’s Worcester head office.
On the standard of entries, Stephen said: “This was my first year judging the competition and my first impressions are excellent. I was completely blown away by the diversity, creativity and attention to detail that went into making and decorating the cakes – Mary Berry, eat your heart out!”
“The efforts put in reflect very highly on our catering teams. We have some exceptionally talented people catering for our residents and we are so proud of them – well done to all those who entered.”
The prestigious competition is open to the teams at Sanctuary Care homes and Sanctuary Supported Living schemes across the country. Cakes were judged on presentation, skill, creativity and taste.