Al-Khair Foundation Leicester invited local budding bakers to take part in a charity Bake Off in aid of our Refugee Rescue Appeal on the 11th November. From treasure-troves and The Cat in the Hat to miniature tea parties and vintage boxes, the cakes exuded elegance and sophistication merged with the right amount of storybook animation!
The contestants ranged from experienced professionals to enthusiastic young amateur bakers. One of the youngest contestants of the night, a 22 year-old baker who aspires to open up her own cake business, stated that her attachment to Iqra TV and Al-Khair Foundation combined with her love for baking and Great British Bake Off motivated her to participate in the charity event. She added that GBBO 2015 winner, Nadiya Begum, fuelled her passion of baking as it gave her the confidence and self-belief to know that “Muslims can achieve things too.???
The AKF Leicester team had the difficult task of judging the bakes. After eating their way through the show-stopping cakes, and noting points for texture, presentation and taste, the judges, after much deliberation and hushed storeroom discussion decided upon their Bake Off Champion for 2015.
The coveted title of AKF Bake Off champion was awarded to part-time professional baker Afsha from Afsha’s Cakes and her three-tiered vintage box cake, featuring lemon, vanilla and chocolate sponge, encased in buttercream and fondant icing. “I’ve always liked vintage looking cakes and thought that a vintage box cake would be something different.???
Cake enthusiast Afsha has been baking for over 10 years and expanded her hobby of baking into a small business in Leicester. She enjoys using her skills and talents to raise money for charity and has participated in countless local fundraising events. Upon winning, Afsha was astounded and happily exclaimed, “I’m so excited, I can’t believe it! I’m lost for words!??? She advised aspiring bakers to pursue their dreams, no matter what. “If you have a talent and passion for baking, don’t stop. Just go for it!???
The cakes were then auctioned off to the audience, raising a total of £403.18. The concept of the charity Bake Off was greatly appreciated by everyone, who credited the uniqueness of the event as a great way to secure funds for charity. One contestant added, “People come around collecting money all the time, but this is a different way to get people together and helping the needy.???
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