The inaugural Letizia Bake Off was last year (named for the original buyer of the trophy) and it all started over a Lemon Drizzle cake. It quickly turned into an all out war between Jon and Meeta in a baking competition of three rounds: The Competition Cake (Lemon Drizzle), Chocolate and Freestyle. Meeta was the triumphant winner and hosted the 2011 Bake Off. I competed along with Tammie and Tim. We had three rounds too: The Competition Cake (Victoria Sponge), Citrus and Freestyle.
Meeta's spread before the judging
The Letizia Cup
The Competition Cake: My Victoria Sponge with Vanilla Bean Double Cream and French Cherry and Strawberry Jam
Citrus: Lemon and Blueberry Yoghurt Pound Cake
Freestyle: Mojito Cupcakes
The Competition Cake: Victoria Sponge with Chambord Cream and Strawberries
Citrus: Mojito Pound Cake
Freestyle: Guinness and Chocolate Cake
The Competition Cake: Victoria Sponge
Citrus: Lemon Trifle
Freestyle: Salmon Mini Quiches
Serious Judging Faces
Poor Tammie had an oven crisis the morning of the competition and had to run to Jon's house to finish baking and I managed to travel an hour across town on several tubes and a bus with 3 cakes. There was a complicated score sheet and the final standings were:
Letizia Cup Winner 2011: Tim (the dark horse! His savoury strategy for the Freestyle round and Citrus round gave him the edge)
1st runner up: me
2nd runner up: Tammie.
Yes, I was a little disappointed I didn't win, but there's talk of special mini Letizia Cup challenges like The Chocolate Bake Off.