‘Prue’ and ‘Paul’ arrive for The Great Castle Dene Bake Off

11th October 2019

There was not a ‘soggy bottom’ or ‘Hollywood handshake’ in sight, but there was plenty of cake for The Great Castle Dene Bake Off.

The bakes, which had been made by members of staff at the Bournemouth care home, were put before the ruthless judges (the residents), who rated each one on taste and appearance.

The Great British Bake Off judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood (Castle Dene chef Ian Berry and assistant chef Dawn Richards) were also on hand to review the cakes, with comments such as “it’s bouncy” and “that looks like a cockroach”.

As well as a prize for the best cake, there was also a prize for the worst cake as bakers of all abilities were encouraged to take part. Any type of cake was allowed, so long as it wasn’t shop-bought.

Despite some decorating mishaps, the residents thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, and some delicious cake.