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Hairst's Great Huntly Bake Off serves up some first class cakes


By Pat Scott

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Winner of the senior cake contest Maggie Milne with Laura Gardner proprietor of the Larder, left and Karen Leggat one of The Larder team.
Winner of the senior cake contest Maggie Milne with Laura Gardner proprietor of the Larder, left and Karen Leggat one of The Larder team.

SOME spectacular cakes were served up in the first great youth bake off held during Huntly Hairst.

Hosted and judged by Laura Gardner at The Larder, the competition, in two different age sections had almost a dozen entries.

Maggie Milne, from Rothiemay won the senior section with a two tier cake decorated on an autumnal and harvest theme.

The spiced cake had a caramel butter cream icing which Ms Gardner said was delicious.

Maggie, a fourth year pupil at The Gordon Schools manages to combine her studies with running a cake making business and her creations are much in demand.

Winner in the junior section was Abi Mathieson, (11) from Banff.

Karen Leggat handing over the prize to Abi Matheson (11) who won the 10-14 Junior Bake Off competition...Huntly Hairst 2021...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Karen Leggat handing over the prize to Abi Matheson (11) who won the 10-14 Junior Bake Off competition...Huntly Hairst 2021...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Abi’s gran lives in Huntly and as soon as she saw the competition being promoted she knew it was for her grand-daughter.

Abi’s winning cake was chocolate flavoured with Oreo butter cream icing and decorated with Oreo biscuits.

Abi bakes for her family on a regular basis and during lockdown took part in Skype bake offs with her school friends.

A special treat for Abi is to go to the Oakwood Cookery School near Elgin.

Ms Gardner was worried there might be no entries for the new competition so was delighted that so many youngsters took part.

She said: “I am just so pleased with the number of entries and the cakes were all really tasty - although all different too. It was a hard job to choose the winner.”

Both winners received engraved cake stands as a keepsake.


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