Golden National Non-Fiction November Competition Winners

We were delighted to receive so many entries for the Golden National Non-Fiction November cake design competition – around 300 in total and from all around the UK – England (including Claire’s Court, Epworth Primary Academy, Ravenswood Community Primary School, Springwell Junior School and The Woodroffe School), Northern Ireland (Limavady High School), Scotland (Elgin Academy) and Wales (including Coastlands County Primary School and Roch Community School). 

The FCBG judges really enjoyed looking at all entries during the shortlisting process. Across the three age categories we saw designs for 50th anniversary cakes that incorporated traditional birthday cake features (candles, balloons and bunting) as well as the FCBG logo and Fed Ted. Alongside these were cakes inspired by favourite books ranging from Alice in Wonderland and Roald Dahl’s books to the Harry Potter series and Wonder. Favourite flavours and colours included chocolate, rainbow stripes and gold. There was a great attention to detail and a real sense of occasion. Many designs were big and bold, others delicate and thoughtful. We particularly liked the slogan suggested for one of the shortlisted designs: ‘Reading is like dreaming with your eyes open’. 

We eventually choose ten designs to shortlist for each category (from the nine schools listed above) and dispatched them off to the team at Hachette to make the final choices. They choose the three category winners, one of which is also the overall winner. 

They commented that ‘judging the entries wasn’t easy as there were so many good cake designs!’ The three category winners are:

5-7          Harry Potter Quidditch cake        designed by William
from Roch Community School, Pembrokeshire

8-11       Rainbow Book cake                         designed by Ethel
from The Woodroffe School, Dorset

12+         Wonder cake                                     designed by Sarah and Claudia
from Elgin Academy, Moray

Shelagh Toonen, librarian at Elgin Academy commented ‘Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this competition, which really caught our imaginations, and yes we will look out for this year’s competition too.’

Many congratulations to everyone, and particularly to Ethel whose Rainbow Book cake has been chosen as the overall winner because ‘the creativity and attention to detail for the flavours is really impressive’.

Each runner up will receive a copy of Nadiya Hussain’s latest cookery book Bake Me a Celebration Story which was the inspiration for the competition; and the overall winner will receive Bake Me a Story, Bake me a Festive Story and Bake me a Celebration Story cookery books, plus a set of cooking utensils. It seems particularly fitting that in this our Golden Anniversary year, all the entrants will receive a copy of Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story: World Book Day 2018 book. (All books published by Hodder Children’s Books, Hatchette)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Hachette for sponsoring and helping us with this competition.


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