Prizes were icing on the cake…

Prizes were icing on the cake…

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From the left, competition sponsor Lara Oddie with prize winners Hasan and Sami Sadaqat, Gracie Adamson and Imogen Crumbleholme, and Paul Collins representing Pendle Council.

A new generation of mini ‘Bake Off’ stars have been rewarded for their first foray into the creative world of cake decorating.

Prizes were presented this week to the winners of a “Cakelicious” children’s cake decorating competition held during Nelson Food and Drink Festival on Saturday September 19th.

Children who took part were given a plain cupcake to decorate in whatever style they liked before having their photo taken with the finished cake in a special festival cut-out backdrop. Parents could then upload the photos to Twitter and the ones with the most retweets won prizes.

First prize of a fantastic sweet hamper went to five-year-old Hasan Sadaqat, a pupil at Casterton Primary School in Burnley, who might just be persuaded to share it with his big brother Sami (seven), who also entered.Cakelicious winners 3

Second prize winner was four-year-old Imogen Crumbleholme, from Blacko Primary School, and in third place was four-year-old Gracie Adamson, who attends Barrowford Primary School. The both won gift-wrapped teddy bears.

The Cakelicious competition was sponsored by renowned Nelson-based family bakers Oddie’s, which has branches across East Lancashire. It supplied all the plain cupcakes and decorating materials, as well as providing the first prize, while students from Nelson and Colne College were on hand to help the children decorate their cakes.

Speaking at the presentation, Lara Oddie said: “The Cakelicious stand was busy all day and it was great to see so many children having fun creating their own delicious decorated cakes. At Oddie’s we specialise in beautifully hand decorated cakes for all occasions, so it’s encouraging to know there’s no shortage of upcoming talent in the local area!”

The cake decorating competition was just one of the many attractions at Nelson Food and Drink Festival, which saw and estimated 8,000-plus locals and visitors fill the town centre throughout the day. As well as a busy Worldwide Food Market there were live cookery demonstrations with celebrity chef Richard Fox, a bhangra dance display, free face painting, henna art and much more.

For a flavour of the festival, including a photo gallery and videos showcasing Nelson’s array of shops and businesses, visit its website at:

For more about Oddie’s and its handmade cakes for any occasion, visit:


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