Baked to perfection

a good chocolate cakeIt’s all about chocolate on The Great British Bake Off this Wednesday, so what could be more timely than a masterclass on how to make the perfect chocolate cake on Saturday’s Girls Around Town?

And who better to pass on a few hints and tips than this week’s guest, Cassandra Jameson?

As the driving force behind The Big Newark Bake Off and Newark’s very own Flour Fairy, she’s sure to have the inside scoop on how to get it right – and why we sometimes get it wrong!

Who knows, having interviewed Mary Berry recently she might even share a few words of wisdom from the Queen of British Baking herself…

Chocoholics unite – join June, Tina and Sue on air or online from 10am to 1pm to discover Cassandra’s recipe for success!


Ready, steady, bake…

victoria sandwichNext month sees the return of The BIG Newark Bake Off – with 11 classes and the chance to have a go at decorating cupcakes and biscuits, not to mention trophies and prizes for Newark’s best bakers, this popular event takes place in The Buttermarket on Saturday 20 June.

It’s free to enter – just register by midnight on Wednesday 17 June and deliver your cake, sweet treat, bread or bake between 10am and 11.15am on the day.

Wondering what you can enter? There are four classes for Juniors (14 and under) :

  • Decorated gingerbread man (8 and under)
  • Three decorated cupcakes on the theme of Travel
  • My favourite cake
  • Fridge cake

Or if you’re 15 or over, why not enter one of the classes for Seniors?

  • Three decorated cupcakes on the theme of Travel
  • My favourite sweet treat
  • Chocolate cake
  • Loaf of bread
  • Newark bake
  • Victoria sandwich
  • Professional cake decorators showcase

chocolate cakeJudging starts at 11.45am and the Girls Around Town will be stepping up to the plate once more to put the chocolate cakes to the taste test – always a tough task but who better to rise to the challenge?!

Newark’s Best Baker and Newark’s Best Junior Baker will each carry off a trophy and win a place on a chocolate making workshop with Choccy Coco Chic – there’ll also be a one-to-one sugarcraft flower making session for the best senior baker and rosettes to 6th place in all classes.

The have-a-go cupcake and biscuit decorating takes place between 10am and 2pm, while from 12.30pm to 1.30pm you can watch the professionals battling it out in a live cake decorating competition.

You’ll find full details of the classes and the competition rules on the entry form, which is available online or in the Newark Advertiser. Get your entry in, get your cupcake cases, icing bags and ingredients out and get ready to whip up a winning entry!

The winner bakes it all

big newark bake offThis week’s Girls Around Town comes live from the Nottinghamshire County Show, where Radio Newark will be spending Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May in its motorhome studio on Newark Showground.

June, Tina and Sue will be joined from 11am by Cassandra Jameson (aka The Flour Fairy) to talk about one of their very favourite subjects – cakes!!

With fond memories of judging the Chocolate Cake category of The Big Newark Bake Off in 2014, they’re already licking their lips at the prospect of finding out what’s in store for this year’s competition, which takes place in The Buttermarket on Saturday 20 June.

totally locally newarkAnd because the girls love shopping, especially in and around Newark, who better to join them for the third hour of the show than Rebecca White from Totally Locally Newark?

She’ll be popping across to the motorhome to talk about how the group is encouraging shoppers to support Newark’s independent retailers, both in the town and on its stand at the County Show.

Rumour has it there’ll be some fantastic goodies on offer in a prize draw on the stand, so you can be sure the girls will be heading over there as soon as they’re off air!

Tune in to 107.8FM from 10am to 1pm, listen online or why not drop by the motorhome (stand number H2, not far from the Lady Eastwood Pavilion) while you’re at the show and say ‘hi’ to the Girls Around Town?