Valentine’s Bake-Off Raises Money For Ronald McDonald House

A SPECIAL Valentine’s Day event took place at the Cotton Exchange as Bolland & Lowe and Professional Liverpool hosted ‘Get Your Cake On’ in aid of Ronald McDonald House. Contestants were asked to bake a cake with one stipulation – what does love taste like on a plate? Fourteen bakers took part in the competition that was judged by Jade Wright and chef Sean Paul Redding who took into account the culinary creations’ appearance and taste. The judges overall winner was Glenys Underwood who baked a flourless chocolate orange cake with runners up prizes going to Ann Clark who entered on behalf of the Liverpool Organic Brewery with a chocolate stout cake and John Lowe from Bolland & Lowe who baked a peanut butter, chocolate & pretzel cheesecake. There was also a people’s vote on the day which was won by Rachel Brooks from Concept 22 with her ‘Valentines drip cake’. More than 70 guests enjoyed tea and cake and raised an impressive £400. John Lowe Managing Director of  Bolland & Lowe, said: “We decided to host this event to raise awareness of Ronald McDonald House as this is an independent charity in Liverpool supporting parents at a time when they need it most when their children are seriously ill. Valentines Day for us is the perfect day to celebrate and raise money for ‘The House that Love built’.” Gill Willson, Head of Fundraising from Ronald Mc Donald House said: “We were delighted to have this event in our support as it raises the charities awareness in the commercial sector and helps us to share the love we have at the house. We are delighted to receive £400.00, it will really make a difference.“ Alex Clark, Operations Manager at Professional Liverpool added: “Professional Liverpool and our members were delighted to support this event for such a good cause. It was also great to see such an amazing turnout and the baking talent in the City.” The organisers expressed their thanks to Bruntwood, Morecrofts and everybody who turned up to support the event.