Ballymoney’s Pet and Country recently held their very own ‘Bake Off’ Challenge - and raised nearly £2,000 for Macmillan.
Part of Christies Direct, the online pet grooming specialists, staff at the Townhead Street car park shop took part in the competition to bake a sponge cake with a Macmillan theme.
Ten home bakers from the local area put their skills to the test as they battled to be crowned the Great Christies Bake Off Champion.
Judged by Mrs Joy ‘Mary Berry’ Dunlop, each cake was tasted and carefully considered.
The winner’s sponge cake was a classic carrot cake, baked by Mrs Laura McKelvie.
According to the judge it was ‘well flavoured and moist and sat perfectly when sliced’. Mrs Dunlop also commented on the beautiful handmade, bunting decoration which finished the cake.
The winner received a £20 Bella Mia voucher.
Second place was taken by Mr Marek Buczma. Marek’s Polish Murzynek cake, a coconut flavoured sponge, was his grandmother’s recipe.
Mrs Dunlop commended it for having outstanding flavour and said it was refreshing slice of something different. Marek received a £10 Pet and Country Café Voucher.
Finally Mr Andy Guthrie’s classic Victoria sponge, was third.
Judges’ comments were that it was well decorated with both the company, Christies Direct and the charity, Macmillan in mind.
On the day, staff also dressed up in 60’s kitch era clothing and enjoyed the festivities, all in aid of a good cause.
Christies Direct dedicated two pages in its catalogue to Macmillan and donated 5% of sales from selected products throughout the year.
Macmillan representative Yvonne Henry thanked Colin Christie, Managing Director, for his support throughout the year in supporting the charity and a cheque was presented for £1892.74.
Special thanks also to Pet and Country and Bella Mia for their kind donations and support.