Cake-loving Linton swoops national baking award - South Cambs

A south Cambridgeshire community has won two national awards for charitable efforts led by firefighters.

Linton Fire Station scooped the two top prizes in The Fire Fighter’s Charity national Bake a Difference 2016 event.

Show-stopping cakes of all shapes and sizes were baked for charity bake sales at fire stations across the country but it was Linton that came out on top.

Village resident Bex Jacklin won the Star Bake award for her miniature version of Linton Fire Station in chocolate sponge and chocolate ganache. The cake was baked for the Linton charity event last month, which raised an incredible £1,250 and as a result, led to the station winning the charity’s Bake A Difference Top Bake Sale award.

The Star Bake award for the most spectacular cake was judged by London firefighter Mat Riley, who was a contestant in the BBC’s Great British Bake Off last year. When announcing Bex’s intricately decorated Linton Fire Station cake as the winner, he said: “They all look amazing! It's been a close call between the fire engine and the fire station, but I'm going to say my favourite is the fire station!" Bex has received a chocolate hamper as her prize.

The Top Bake Sale award, meanwhile, is awarded to the organisation that raised the most money from its bake sale. The real-life Linton Fire Station has been awarded the 2016 Golden Rolling Pin and a hamper of chocolate for raising an amazing £1,250 from its open day. The station used the opportunity to run an open day alongside its bake sale, which involved the whole local community.

A presentation of the prizes, including the golden rolling pin, was presented at the fire station on Monday (July 4) by Laura Harden, regional fundraising manager for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Linton Firefighter John Reynolds, who organised the Bake a Difference in the village, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everybody who was involved in the event at Linton Fire Station. This was a huge local community effort, from the local businesses who donated amazing prizes, to the residents who came out and supported, the bakers who entered the Bake A Difference competition, through to the Linton firefighters and their families who worked tirelessly to put on the event.

“We only ever set out to raise as much money as we could for The Fire Fighters Charity, so the fact that we have gone on to scoop both top prizes really is the icing on the cake.”

Photo credits: Richard Whiting

firefighters in kit with baking prizes.