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The Great Roath Bake Off 2013!

It’s that time of year again. The time of year I get to eat masses of cakes at Roath’s favourite food event; The Great Roath Bake Off!

Following the success of last year’s bake off at The Coffee House on Wellfield Road, organiser Wayne Courtney has plans to make this year’s event even bigger and better than last year. This time it will be held at St Andrew’s Church Hall and as well as the bake off there will be live music, refreshments and craft stalls.

I was a judge last year and I am very pleased to be invited back this year along with some familiar faces from last year and some new faces included BBC weather lady Sue Charles!

There are three categories this year:

Best Cake
Best Bake: Bread/Pie/Other
Best Bake/Cake Under 16′s

Entrants should bring their cake or bake to the venue by 1pm on the day, and you won’t need to fill in an entry form in advance. Entry is £3 per bake. A panel of expert judges (yes, that’s right, experts!…ish) will decide the winners of The Great Roath Bake Off 2013.

The Bake Off takes place on Saturday 6th April and is open to everyone. It’s such a fun day so bring your cakes and bakes down or just come along for an entertaining day out!

The event is in aid of MacMillan and St Andrew’s Church fund. If you’d like to donate a raffle prize, please get in touch.

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Cake for all at Made in Spring!

Following the success of the The Great Roath Bake Off where I was on the judging panel, I was thrilled to be asked back by the wonderful Wayne Courtney to judge the Spring Cake Off as part of the Made in Spring Festival in Roath.

Running from Friday to Tuesday last week, the Made in Spring Festival included music and film events, arts exhibitions and arts and crafts stalls with the Spring Cake Off taking place on the Sunday as part of the Roath Village Fiesta.

The Cake Off took place in the quirky Milkwood Gallery and there were 15 entries in total. Along with fellow judges Sarah and Marie-Clare from the delicious Cakehouse, Christian from the fabulous I loves the Diff, Tim Crowston and Allan Blair Beaton I got to work munching through the cakes.

We judged on taste, presentation and originality. There was a real mix in terms of quality including one bright spark who entered a Marks and Spencers cake! I didn’t come close to the top three which shows that home-baked is by far the best option!

Photo by The Cakehouse

After much deliberation, the top three cakes were revealed.

3rd Place: Gareth’s albino hedgehog cake

2nd place: Daniel’s lemon drizzle cake

1st place: Ann’s Easter Celebration Cake!

After the event everyone was free to tuck into the cakes and give suggestions to who they thought should win.

It was a fab event and I absolutely loved being a judge. Thank you so much Wayne for asking me to be involved again!

Jaspers Tea Rooms – This little gem will appeal to everyone!

Last week I met Mrs J and baby E for a spot of lunch at Jaspers Tea Rooms in Llandaff. I really like Llandaff and there are some lovely places on the High Street so Jaspers is in an excellent location. It seems to pick up customers from local schools and businesses, people strolling round the Cathedral grounds and regular customers.

I’m not surprised it’s popular. With lots of tea rooms and places selling home-made cakes, Jaspers has managed to be quirky and welcoming but still very traditional, appealing to all ages. We dined amongst families, elderly couples and young groups of friends.

You enter Jasper’s through what looks like a small shop, greeting you with homemade cakes and other delicious bakes. The counter where your orders are taken is here but you walk through another door to find a seat if you are eating in. From outside it looks as though it is quite small at first glance but it is in fact a series of small cottages knocked through. It’s very quirky as you have to walk through each room to get to the next one and each one is laid out differently.

When we arrived it was very busy and we took the last table in the first room. It was a lovely homely room with wooden beams, old wooden tables and chairs and a fire-place with a large old-fashioned mantel piece. The walls were adorned with sketches of Llandaff.  The next room was along the same lines but smaller with a different theme of art work leading onto the next room. The last two rooms had a slightly more modern feel and were more relaxed with photos of Llandaff on the walls and some comfy chairs and newer furniture.

Despite being rushed off their feet, staff were very friendly and we were welcomed and told that if we took a seat, they would bring us through a high chair for baby E. It didn’t feel crowded and the noise levels were just right. We occupied baby E and then had a look at the menu.

I was impressed by the choice on offer. As well as sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes, there was a specials board of light meals and even gluten-free sandwich options which is always good. On top of the cakes that could be chosen at the counter, there was also a selection of afternoon tea options which were very appealing and reasonably priced. They even had a children’s menu which included babycinnos (frothy milk and mallows). Adorable!

I couldn’t resist the afternoon tea so I chose the Traditional Afternoon Tea which came on a three-tiered stand with a selection of sandwiches, a homemade scone with jam and cream and a selection of cakes with a pot of tea. All for £10.95. Mrs J went for a sausage baguette which was served with salad and crisps and a cappuccino (we shared the cakes, I promise!)

Even though it was busy, our food and drinks arrived promptly and we were very impressed. My afternoon tea was beautifully presented and seriously tasty! I had salmon and cream cheese and ham and mustard sandwiches. All came with the crusts neatly cut off and a generous helping of filling. The salmon was lovely and I am baffled as to how Jaspers managed to make a ham and mustard sandwich taste so good!

The jam that accompanied the scone was delicious with huge chunks of strawberries and there was a decent amount of jam and cream which I like to see! The afternoon tea also came with a traditional victoria sponge and a homemade biscuit. Both were very nice.

I felt bad that I had such a spread and Mrs J had a baguette but it was a very very good baguette. Warm and toasted nicely, the crunchy bread gave way to sausage and the most wonderful sweet chutney. We ended up sharing both.

I really enjoyed my visit to Jaspers. It’s right up my street and I will definitely be back. It’s not often you find somewhere that your gran would love but that you could also visit with a group of friends.

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