They say charity begins at home and baking-mad staff members at Victorian Plumbing would certainly agree. Those who took part in an eventful bake off today showcased some really amazing cakes they’d baked at home and braved the criticisms from our scrupulous panel of judges.

Once the judges had tasted each treat, they rated each on a 5 star rating. Once the contest had come to a close and the winner was announced, the cakes then went on sale for starving staff members to come and have their fill! This was all in aid of raising money and awareness for our charity of the year - Claire House Children’s Hospice.

VP's Bake Off In Support Of Claire House Children's Hospice, April 2017
VP's Bake Off In Support Of Claire House Children's Hospice, April 2017
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Claire House Children’s Hospice is an incredible charity which is dedicated to helping seriously and terminally ill children live their lives to the full. It’s a charity we all feel deserves every bit of support we can give it and you can see that from the amount of effort our bakers have made.

We're proud to announce that our charity Bake Off event has helped raise a mouth-watering £119 for this wonderful charity! We'd like to say thank you to all our bakers, judges and buyers for all their help! But, we're still aiming to raise much more with other events throughout the year!

Table full of cakes | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Table full of yummy cakes | VP's Bake Off
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Here’s one table full of cakes and treats! We had lots of entries and even required a second table for all the goodies (below)!

Second table full of cakes | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
A second table full of cakes | VP's Bake Off
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We have to say a big thank you to our 4 very brave judges. They promised us they were all baking aficionados and were asked to rate each entry based on its taste. Don’t let those smiley faces fool you! Once the contest kicked-off it soon got serious!

Bake Off Judges | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Meet the judges | VP's Bake Off
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Now, let’s see some of the delights from the Bake Off!

It would be rude not to start with the winner, so without further ado - We’d like to say a big congratulations to....

Drum roll please…..

Alisha, with her Kinder Bueno Cheesecake! Well done - Alisha's Kinder Bueno Cheesecake was a real talking point before and after the event and was a worthy winner!

VP's Bake Off Winner Alisha
VP's Bake Off Winner, Alisha
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There were lots of entries and everyone is a winner who took part, however the entries were so good that we had to create a leader board to acknowledge those who brought something extra special! Well done guys!

Winner's Table | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Winner's Table | VP's Bake Off
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The judges in action. These guys did a great job to hide the fact that they were enjoying each mouthful! They all did a great job of taste testing and scoring each treat!

Judging The Event | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Judging The Event | VP's Bake Off
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Hungry staff members couldn't wait to come and try out the variety of cakes on show. The cakes didn't last long... as you can imagine!

Selling Like Hot Cakes | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Selling Like Hot Cakes | VP's Bake Off
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Having Their Cake And Eating It | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Having Their Cake And Eating It | VP's Bake Off
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Here are the other great entries for the VP Charity Bake Off.

Victoria Sponge Cake | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Victoria Sponge Cake | VP's Bake Off
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A Chocolate Lover’s Heaven | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
A Chocolate Lover’s Heaven | VP's Bake Off
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Upside Down Chocolate Brownies | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Upside Down Chocolate Brownies | VP's Bake Off
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VP Branded Orange and Lemon Cake | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
VP Branded Orange and Lemon Cake | VP's Bake Off
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Chocolate Cake | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Chocolate Cake | VP's Bake Off
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Cream Cakes | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Cream Cakes | VP's Bake Off
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Choc Chip Cookies | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Choc Chip Cookies | VP's Bake Off
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Homemade Cupcakes | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Homemade Cupcakes | VP's Bake Off
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Lemon Meringue | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Lemon Meringue | VP's Bake Off
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake | VP's Bake Off - Claire House Children's Hospice
Pineapple Upside Down Cake | VP's Bake Off
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My apologies for some of these images. I'm not a professional photographer and my lack of photography skills has done no justice to how these cakes and treats actually looked on the day. No wonder the company doesn't rely on me to take pictures of our bathrooms for the site!

Hope you enjoyed reading about our Bake Off and that we haven’t made you too hungry! Please leave a comment with which one you liked the look of most.

Alan, Victorian Plumbing