First Bucks Bake Off has more than 100 entries

First Bucks Bake Off has more than 100 entries

Beverley Glock and Mike Bushell

The winning cake is at the back on the right

Pauline Greaves collecting her prize from Mike Bushell

Elisabeth Basnett collects her award from Mike Bushell

Beverley Glock, Catherine Lloyd Evans and her daughter, Isla, and Mike Bushell

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BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell took a break from his Sport Relief challenges to present prizes to winning bakers on Saturday.

The first Bucks Bake Off took place in Askett and had 118 entries in the five different categories, raising £1079.16 for BBC Sport Relief.

The champion of champions prize went to Pauline Greaves, who also won the celebration cake category for her barn creation. She received a KitchenAid food mixer as a prize.

The junior champion accolade went to Elisabeth Basnett, who won the cupcakes/muffins category for ages eight to 11 and received a Nude Audio Speaker.

The competition was set up by Beverley Glock, who runs a cooking school in Princes Risborough, and Catherine Lloyd Evans from Red Kite Communications.

Beverley said: "It was fantastic. We were hoping for 50 entries- that is what the Oxford Bake Off had the first year.

"We were basically working on up to 100 when we were sorting the goody bags out.

"To get 118 entries was just phenomenal."

There were four different age categories; seven and under, eight to 11, 12 to 15 and adults, with five different baking categories, each with a winner and two overall champions.

BBC sports presenter, Mike Bushell, who lives in the area, was on hand to give the awards out.

He completes an unusual one mile challenge for each Sport Relief event, which is held every two years and combines comedy and sport to raise money for charity.

This year he did a one mile snorkel in a bog in Wales, but did not quite get the world record as he didn't do it in the allotted time.

He said: "There have been so many challenges. To be at something which doesn't involve pain or an endurance test is nice and to come and taste some sweet things."

Pauline Greaves, who won the adult champion prize, had been decorating cakes for only two years and it was the first competition she entered.

Beverley said: "She burst into tears on Mike Bushell's shoulder. She was so completely overwhelmed- she couldn't believe it.

"That was the whole point of doing this- for someone like that to win was so brilliant and much better than someone who was a professional or had years of practice."

The event took place at The Potting Shed in Askett. Cakes were judged by a number of people including Mayor of Princes Risborough, Alan Turner, Steve and Corinna Sidhu from the Ten Mile Menu and Paul Davies, ITN News Reporter.

Organisers are going to hold it during the summer next year and would like people to nominate charities to receive fundraising money.

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1:18pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Whiteleaf says...

Where is this place? Askett is a tiny village and I can't find the Potting Shed!
Where is this place? Askett is a tiny village and I can't find the Potting Shed! Whiteleaf
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12:26pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Bekie-M says...

It's in Askett Nurseries.

It's in Askett Nurseries. http://www.askettnur Bekie-M
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