We’re looking for the best cake in Suffolk - can you bake it?

Can you create the best cake Norfolk has ever seen? Picture: Getty Images/Istockphoto

Can you create the best cake Norfolk has ever seen? Picture: Getty Images/Istockphoto - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Have you got the skills to bake and decorate a cake that represents the best of Suffolk? If so, enter our competition- you could win a luxury afternoon tea at Hintlesham Hall.

The Great British Bake-Off is back on our screens and we can’t get enough of it. The show (now controversially on Channel 4) became an instant hit when it first aired in 2010 in a whirl of flour and buttercream, and was responsible for surges in the sales of all manner of baking tools and ingredients.

We have drooled over doughnuts. Been mesmerised by macarons. Watched avidly as Paul Hollywood inspected tarts for ‘soggy bottoms’.

Will the new line-up of Paul, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig keep our ovens burning? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure – there’s no better place to be at 8pm on a Tuesday night than on the sofa, with a cup of cha and a great big wedge of cake.

In honour of the nation’s favourite TV programme, we are launching our very own Bake-Off, looking for the best amateur cake maker in the county. So we need you!

Are you the chief cake maker in your house?

Do friends and family beg you to bake them treats?

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Do you spend your weekends dusted in icing sugar?

If the answer is yes, then put yourself forward for our competition. Once all entries are in, judges will whittle them down to just five cakes, with our readers deciding who takes the baking crown.

The final winner will have their cake and recipe featured in our papers and on our websites and social media sites, and will also win a luxurious afternoon tea for two.

The competition

We are looking for a decorated cake that represents Suffolk. You can use your artistic licence and be as traditional or contemporary as you like.

To enter, email a landscape picture of your cake to Eat editor Charlotte Smith-Jarvis (charlotte.smith-jarvis@archant.co.uk), with your name and Suffolk Bake-Off in the subject box by October 2.

Archant competition rules apply, and there is no cash alternative. Only amateur bakers will be considered.

The winner’s prize includes Champagne afternoon tea for two at Hintlesham Hall. Hintlesham Hall is a Grade I listed building nestled in the Suffolk countryside – offering a little spot of luxury just a few minutes’ drive from Ipswich.

The hotel offers award-winning fine dining under the direction of head chef Alan Ford, and considers its afternoon tea to be one of the finest in the area. Your prize for two includes a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade fruit scones with clotted cream and preserves, a variety of homemade cakes, a choice of tea, tisanes, coffee or luxury hot chocolate, plus a glass of Champagne.

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