Bucks schools faced each other in a tough Jubilee bake-off competition, with a cake verdict given by a celebrity judge.

The judges of the Buckinghamshire Council’s Platinum Jubilee schools’ cake competition were in for a sweet treat at the grand finale showdown on Tuesday (June 7).

After the fierce qualifiers between schools in the county, a selection of the most skilled young bakers made it through to the final.

Each of the 13 finalists created astonishing Jubilee-themed cakes. 

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Among the judges was ITV’s Lorraine Kelly, who, together with The Countess Howe, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Chairman Dev Dhillon, Cllr Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin, had the pleasure of tasting and checking the appearance of the cakes.

The Scottish- born Lorraine presenter is an official Buckinghamshire Swan Enjoy, a partnership between Bucks Council and the Lord Lieutenancy to help promote the county as a great place to grow, live and work.

Out of the extremely close competition, the sweet win went to the Chiltern Way Academy for the three-tier mixed layer cake decorated with creamy white icing, purple flowers and biscuits, with a purple teacup at the top marking the Queen’s 70-year reign as the longest ruling monarch in British history.

Describing the winning cake, the judges said: “It represents a tradition that we know The Queen is very fond of and is replicated up and down the country by millions every day - a cup of tea and biscuits!”

Second place was Swanbourne Church of England School and third place was Loudwater Combined School.

The winners and runners up will all receive vouchers for their schools.

A special mention was given to a last minute entry from a pupil at the Hamilton Academy.

As one of three Ukrainian families recently arrived at the school, they wanted to express their thanks by taking part in the competition.

A representative from the school explained: "A lovely cake (in yellow and blue) with written explanation as per the rules has come in from one of our Ukrainian families – the sentiment is really heartfelt and wonderfully supportive of the celebration.

"I wondered if we could enter this one as ‘an extra’ despite it not having a jubilee design. We have three Ukrainian families now sending their children to our school and they are keen to participate and embrace school life to the full which is lovely."

Cllr Anita Cranmer said: “It was a wonderful afternoon spent talking to the children about their fantastic cakes and of course taking part in the all-important taste testing. We were so impressed with the quality of the cakes produced and it was very difficult to decide on the winners. Congratulations to all the children who took part.”

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After the bake-off, the early morning presenter Lorraine re-tweeted a Bucks Council tweet, showing her in action wearing a striped black and white dress as she tasted the creations at the event at the council offices in The Gateway in Aylesbury, and another tweet with her comment "Such a lovely afternoon xx". 

The bake-off runners up were Stony Dean School, Bedgrove Infant School, Haddenham Community Junior School, St Mary's Farnham Royal CofE Primary School, The Disraeli School, The Iver Village Junior School, Marlow Church of England Infant School, Hamilton Academy, Manor Farm Community Junior School, and Great Kimble Church of England School.