Drawing inspiration from the Great British Bake Off TV series, the school launched a bake off week. There were a number of activities throughout the week including two technical challenges and a bake off competition, culminating in a big cake sale.
During the week students took part in after school bake off technical challenges (sponge and pastry). They were supplied with the basic ingredients but had to work in pairs using their creativity to make their dish stand out in the hour-and-a-half time slot. There were some magnificent creations including a cake shaped like a tennis racket and a delicious apricot and marzipan tart. Baking-savvy members of the local Chorlton community were invited to come and play the part of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and judge the winning dishes. The winning pairs each received a voucher for tea and cake for twp at local cafes in Chorlton.
Throughout the week students were encouraged to keep baking and enter the bake off competition with prizes for the best large cake and best small cakes. Again the number of cakes that were entered was overwhelming and there were some truly outstanding entries. First prizes went to an impressive ski jump cake creation, and for some individual Frappuccino cakes complete with mini straws. The winners each received an exciting baking goody bag kindly donated by local businesses.
During break time the cakes that were entered into the bake off competition were then sold to staff and students. Over 500 cakes were sold in the space of only 25 minutes and so far the fundraising total stands at an impressive £266!
The week was not only a great fundraising success, but also demonstrated how effectively Chorlton High School can work co-operatively to raise money for charity and have fun in the process!