Bake Off

Welcome to the Great Harton Bake Off!

Do you make the best cupcakes in South Shields? If so, come and enter them in our  ‘cup-cake off’!

Bakers: it will cost you the grand amount of £2 to submit 6 cupcakes, which will be allocated into a range of age categories and decorative themes, see below.

Eaters/Viewers: the grand amount of £2 will buy you entry including a cup of tea or coffee and a cupcake (easier than baking them, right?!)

THE SMALL PRINT (a basic recipe and some inspiration can be found at the bottom of this page)

Cupcakes can be submitted in any of the following categories:

Baker: Child < 12 – Teen 13-18 – Adult – Professional

Special theme categories this year: Vegan/Gluten Free or ‘Blue’

Cupcakes should be submitted in 6s. They may be all the same or all different. Flavours eg allergens should be clearly stated.
Entry fee £2 per 6 cupcakes – unlimited submissions allowed

An application form to accompany submissions can be downloaded here: Bake Off Entry Form (bring it with your cakes)

Cupcakes should arrive at the Church Hall between 1-2pm
Cupcakes will be judged by category at 3pm

Prizes include vouchers for The Cake Place

Winning & Commended cupcakes will be auctioned at 3.15pm

All Welcome – come and wow your friends while eating cake!


Basic Cupcake Recipe (non-vegan!)

  • 4 oz butter/margarine
  • 4 oz sugar

Beat these together


  • 1 or 2 eggs (TIP: weigh the egg in its shell, aim to match the other ingredients, ie 4 oz)

[Flavour if required]

Gently add

  • 4 oz self-raising flour

Fill 12 baking cases

Bake 10-15 mins in oven between 160-180 degrees C

Cool and decorate.



The sky is your limit – we can’t wait to judge your cupcakes on design, on finished look and on taste. But here are a few extra special ideas: