letizia bake off 2011

23 Jul 2011

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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.

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Meeta's spread before the judging

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The Letizia Cup

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The entrants

MY ENTRIES
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The Competition Cake: My Victoria Sponge with Vanilla Bean Double Cream and French Cherry and Strawberry Jam

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Citrus: Lemon and Blueberry Yoghurt Pound Cake

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Freestyle: Mojito Cupcakes

TAMMIE'S ENTRIES
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The Competition Cake: Victoria Sponge with Chambord Cream and Strawberries

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Citrus: Mojito Pound Cake

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Freestyle: Guinness and Chocolate Cake

TIM'S ENTRIES
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The Competition Cake: Victoria Sponge

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Citrus: Lemon Trifle

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Freestyle: Salmon Mini Quiches

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Serious Judging Faces

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Scoresheet


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.

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