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LSBU baker’s ‘toffee apple upside down cake’ shines at leading baking show

Claire Toynton exhibited her winning Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake at this year's Cake & Bake Show – judged by Britain's Best Bakery presenter Peter Sidwell
23 October 2014

The Cake and Bake Show is the biggest baking exhibition in the UK, offering a mix of live demos by top baking stars, competitions, skills classes, cake displays and interactive features. The annual event was held in London's Earls Court earlier this month where finalists took to the stage for a demonstration of their baking creations.

Baking Technology Management student, Claire Toynton's winning entry was a toffee apple upside down cake consisting of English apples, inspired by the classic pineapple upside down cake her grandmother used to make – with a twist.

The competition brief was to create an original British recipe using Wright's Baking bread or cake mixes for a chance to be baking on stage with Peter Sidwell and Celebrity MasterChef finalist, Wendi Peters. "I was up against one other lady," explains Claire. "We both prepared our cakes in front of the audience and had brought along already baked versions to do a Blue Peter style.

"It was such a fantastic and unique experience. The best part was when members of the audience came up on the stage to taste my cake they loved it and I loved chatting to them and hopefully giving them a few tips!"

Claire's prize was a goodie bag packed with Wright's products and tickets to next year's Cake & Bake Show.

Elaine Thomson, Course Director of the School of Applied Science said: "The National Bakery School is delighted with Claire's success, it is always good to recognise young talent and we are confident Claire will go far!"

Learn more about LSBU's National Bakery School