The Great Brockley Bake Off

Crofton Park cafe Pat-a-Cakes is organising the first Great Brockley Bake Off. Owner Stacie writes:

The Great Brockley Bake Off will take place on Saturday, February 9th. There are so many great bakers in the area and this is an opportunity to show off  Brockley's baking skills. Everyone loves a bake-off, don't they?!

Cakes will need to be dropped in to the shop on the 8th so they're all ready to go on sale for for 9th. They'll be on sale on the 9th and people will purchase and vote for the best cakes throughout the day. Each cake will have its own sign, like 'Mrs Crofton's carrot cake'. The winner will be the baker with the most votes.

Entries can be anything baked, sweet or savoury - something that can go on our counter, so we can't have anything that needs to be refrigerated. 

The winner (most votes) will get £20 to spend in our shop and 20% of the proceeds will go to the charity Diabetes UK. To sign up people can either come into the shop, tweet me or email me at stace@patacakeslondon.com with their names and what they'll be baking (so we don't have too many cakes that clash). I'd love as many local people and businesses to take part. 

15 comments:

Hello said...

"20% of the proceeds will go to the charity Diabetes UK"
So Pat-a-Cakes pockets the rest of the money made from cakes that people
have made and brought in? Am I understanding this correctly?

Monkeyboy said...

Yep, it's a bit of fun. You get a prize, the shop gets some money for organising and hosting and a charity gets a donation.

Nothing stopping anyone just popping in and buying a cake that's not in the competition so 100% of the proceeds going to the shop owner or donating your money straight to a charity of your choice. You'd have to try really are to find a strong objection to this.

Tressilliana said...

I'm not trying very hard but I find it an odd arrangement. I'm with Hello - the idea appears to be that the people of SE4 should buy ingredients and bake cakes and Pat-a-cakes will sell them (are environmental health OK with this, by the way?). Pat-a-cakes will take 80% of the proceeds for no effort at all and all it will cost them is a £20 voucher which might or might not get used at some point in the future.

Tamsin said...

And how can you vote for different cakes without trying them all?

Might be better off running it like the Cake Competition in the Telegraph Hill Festival.  Public pay £1 for the privilege of tasting all the cakes (and looking at photographs of them before they were cut up) with proceeds to the Festival Funds.  Or in this case part to Pat a Cakes for the massive disruption of organising it and part to charity.

CB said...

I love the fact that the promotion of sugary high-GI snacks is offset by a donation to a diabetes charity! nothing against cakes, but a little odd?!

Monkeyboy said...

I get your point but its a donation where there wasn't one previously. Like any elaborate fundraising, a chunk will go to the organisers. It would be better if all concerned just donated, if this competition didnt happen would people do that? They could donate more I guess but the principle is the same. I suspect it would be less controversial if there was a simple 50/50 split of profits and no donation to charity.

And the cake/diabetic thing.....well ok a little ironic but eating cake doesn't give you diabetics, being very over weight for a long time can lead to it. Related but not the same.

I get the counter arguments but I think they're a little weak.

Stacem said...

Hi there. There are personal reasons as to why I have chosen the Diabetes charity, though of course I am aware that this is slightly contradictary as we are a cake shop. Its really not about the money at all, it is about having fun and getting the locals involved. Everyone loves a bake off.

CB said...

http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Food_and_recipes/The-Glycaemic-Index/?gclid=CN2Mo7TdjbUCFSbMtAodSREABQ

To reiterate though...nothing against cakes! Have tried Pat-a-Cakes' and they were tasty...

Stacem said...

As its not about the money of course, all money from cakes sold will go to charity. Everyones a winner. :)

Nicholas Croom said...

Tressilliana, patacake might not put in any effort but presumably they'll lose a whole Saturday's worth of cake sales as people buy the bake off cakes rather than theirs.
And Tamsin - I think the last TH Festival competition, you were allowed to taste just 3 cakes which meant there was a bias towards those which attracted attention and therefore had a potentially bigger electorate.

Tamsin said...

Ah, that's interesting.  I've never actually got into the tasting and didn't realise it was now restricted in this way.  Maybe something we should look at.  But we divert...
Back to Pat a Cakes - they wont be so overwhelmed with tasters having to come in during a short time span that they could allow all the cakes to be tasted.

Monkeyboy said...

It's just a cake competition. A full double blind trial with a defined methodology and rigorous hypothesis testing would be going over the top....or am I not taking this seriously?

Woodman said...

Wow, you've managed to capture all that good and bad about Brockley in one little post.
Well done Pat-a-cakes, ignore the moaners.

Tressilliana said...

 Good point, Nicholas, I hadn't thought of that. Hope it all goes well, Stacy.

Tamsin said...

Not intending to moan - just pass on a methodology that had worked elsewhere - I also want to taste all the cakes...
It's great that Pat-a-Cakes are doing something so imaginative to engage with the locals.

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