Bake Off star boosts Cake Off

The Great Sheffield Cake Off
The Great Sheffield Cake Off

Trainee bakers from Sheffield College take on the pros next week in a charity ‘cake-off’ against staff from city-centre café Marmaduke’s.

And on hand to judge the winners will be Howard Middleton, popular local star of the Great British Bake Off.

The contest is being organised by Innovation Events, a team of students from Hallam University. The team – Beth Cowlishaw, Hope Falla, Charlotte Mitchell and Tasha Coulson – funded the venture by running a cake sale.

All proceeds from the event will go to learning disability charity Sheffield Mencap & Gateway.

Guests on the day will be able to follow the action via a live link, broadcast to an audience in the university and also via YouTube.

It will include a series of interviews conducted by Howard, as well as judging of the contest and a Sweet Treats competition featuring scones, pies, cupcakes and biscuits made by members of the public.

The event will also include a number of cake stalls and a raffle with prizes including a cake made by Howard and a one-to-one baking lesson with him.

Innovation Events’ member Charlotte Mitchell says: “This event is very close to our hearts, having some of our own family members with mental health disabilities, including my son.

“We went to the Gateway centre and saw people there staging their own Bake Off competition and knew this was the right event to represent them.”

The Great Sheffield Cake Off takes place at Hallam University’s Owen Building between 11am-3pm on February 12. For more details email