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Cake Bake competition

13-year-old Cheshire baker Ella Cook has won first prize in the inaugural Lord’s Bicentenary Cake Bake competition.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the current Lord’s Cricket Ground, MCC invited baking enthusiasts and members of the public to submit their recipes, with the top ten being selected for the final round of judging, which took place at the Davidstow National Village Cup Final at Lord’s.

A panel consisting of MCC President Mike Gatting, Fancy Nancy Cakes Founder Juliet Sear and MCC Head Pastry Chef Thierry Besselievre ran the rule over the cakes on Sunday, and decided Ella’s was the best of the bunch.

Ella’s creation showed some of the most famous parts of Lord’s throughout its 200 year history, including the two duck ponds that sat on the site of the original Ground and the J.P. Morgan Media Centre, constructed in 1999.

Her designs were based on the 3D interactive timeline which charts the entire history of Lord’s.

Ella, from Kingsley, was awarded a full baking set and will also be returning to Lord’s for a pastry baking masterclass in the kitchens at the Home of Cricket as part of her prize.

Jo-Anne Richardson, from Peterborough, was named runner up for her cake which was intricately decorated with a cricket ball, sandwiches and an MCC tie.

Both bakers had their pictures and recipes published in The Cricketer magazine.

Mike Gatting said: "This is a very special year for MCC and this wonderful Ground, and I’m delighted that so many people have helped us celebrate it in so many different ways.

"This competition was very enjoyable to be involved with, and the standard of baking was incredible. Ella is a very worthy winner but I would like to thank everyone who entered."

Juliet Sear said: "The quality of cakes on show was excellent, but Ella’s and Jo-Anne’s really stood out both in terms of presentation and taste. They’re both very talented bakers and are fully deserving of their prizes.

"This was a fantastic idea for a competition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lord’s and it was great to see bakers from across the UK get involved with it."

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