Chef, blogger and activist Jack Monroe is joining the judging panel for this year’s Edu-cake & Cel-a-bake Great Rainbow Bake-off.
You voted in droves for the shortlisted cakes baked back in November – and now your 12 chosen schools are gearing up to compete in the live final, which sees pupils baking cakes and biscuits on the theme of religion, faith and philosophy, to tie in with the theme of this year’s LGBT History Month.
Just like in the semi-final held during Anti-Bullying Week, where bakers were encouraged to ‘make a noise about bullying’ with their cakes, ‘noisy’ entries will be scored highly.
Jack, who has successfully crowdfunded their latest cookbook, ‘Cooking on a Bootstrap’, said: ‘I’m not a brilliant baker myself, my birthday cake efforts over the years have relied on wonky kook and Instagram filters, but I use baking to thrash out issues and worries, especially with my 5 year old son.
‘We punch and knead dough to de-stress, carefully ice biscuits, and chat about more difficult things while we do.
‘We meet friends over cake and tea to catch up and talk, hold coffee and cake mornings to fundraise for charities and bake cakes for celebrations – baking is synonymous with love, conversations and jubilation.
‘I’m honoured to be judging this year’s Rainbow Bake Off, to explore what LGBT History month means to people.’
— jack monroe (@MxJackMonroe) February 3, 2016
Fellow judge Elly Barnes, CEO of Educate & Celebrate, said: ‘Our Great Rainbow Bake-off is an accessible and fun way to help schools increase visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and their history.
‘The idea has really taken off, we were overwhelmed with entries from schools across the UK in our second year of the competition. Having Jack as a judge in the live final is the icing on the cake!’
Last year’s winning cakes included the pink triangle, the ‘genderbread’ person and a cake with rainbow layers.
Building on the success of last year’s entries, which included a cake in the shape of the pink triangle, genderbread people, and a cake with rainbow layers, this year’s finalist Keziah from Big Creative education spoke about her choice of bake.
‘My cake represents the different people in society,’ she said.
‘Anti-Bullying means that we have to educate and spread the word more than ever before.
‘We have to highlight different themes and issues throughout anti-bullying week and what we can do as a society and college to help prevent it long term, not just for the week.’
We’ll be covering the final, which will take place at Urswick School, London on 12 February 2016.