Just in time for the beginning of September, the legendary Great British Bake Off hit our screens yet again, which only meant one thing… THE GREAT WEBBIE BAKE OFF (GWBO) WAS BACK!!
Every year we compete in the GWBO, in a bid to be crowned the best baker of the week – we love a bit of healthy competition and seeing people get involved, especially when it’s all in aid of a good cause; Macmillan Cancer Support.
It was time for people to show off their baking skills, or alternatively, put their taste buds to the test (we didn’t just need bakers, we needed judges too!).
We kicked off our GWBO with the theme of cake and biscuits, and I can assure you, we were not disappointed! We had Lemon Cake, Rocky Road, Brownies, Peanut Butter Biscuits, Shortbread and the winning creation; Lemon Butterfly Buns (to say these were heavenly would be an understatement).
The theme for the second week was bread and pastry. We brought in Mini Sausage Croissants, Cheese Straws, Croissants, Pain Au Chocolat and Cinnamon swirls – it was a close call, but the Cinnamon Swirls only just took the number one spot!
The third week was the one that I had personally been waiting for… chocolate and caramel! This was the week where we were treated to a beautifully composed Dark Chocolate Torte (the winning creation) and a nutty Bundt Cake.
Our final week of the GWBO fell in line with our Macmillan Coffee Morning perfectly, so the theme was… there was no theme! We could bake whatever we wanted! Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes were brought in, along with a Cadbury’s Crunchie Cake which won over the judges.
Overall, our GWBO winner was our Apprentice Network Engineer, Kyle, who blew us away with his brilliant baking skills, and won the title of ‘Best Baker’ for most of the weeks.
Because week 4 fell on our Macmillan Coffee Morning, that meant there was copious amounts of caffeinated beverages and cake available! Even some of those who didn’t bake, still got involved and brought in some bought cakes for people to share.
To keep everyone’s spirits high throughout the day we had games take place at lunchtime in our chill out zone. “What’s in the box?!” returned where we had to guess five items just from feeling them, and we also had “guess the length of the veggie roll” and a firm favourite, “pin the cherry on the gateaux”.
There were first place prizes up for grabs for the winner of each, and those winners were *drum roll* two of our Software Engineers, Lauren for ‘What’s in the box?!’ and Luke for “pin the cherry on the gateaux” and “guess the length of the veggie roll” (which he guessed exactly!).
The day was a success and one to remember; full of fun and light-hearted laughs. Thanks to everyone who got involved and donated, I look forward to the one we host next year!