SHE knows what it takes to excel in a baking competition – so a Great British Bake Off finalist made the perfect judge for a cake competition in Portsmouth.
Kimberley Wilson came close to winning this year’s title in the BBC television cooking show.
She was at the Ana Treatment Centre, in Waterworks Road, Drayton, yesterday to judge cakes cooked by clients and staff.
Joined by Lynn Goodenough, from the Good Cook Shop in Marmion Road, Southsea, Kimberley tasted and looked at the cakes to decide a winner.
The tasty baking ranged from cheesecakes and marble cakes, to cupcakes and a meringue desert.
But Kimberley and Lynn decided the winner was a citrus cheesecake.
Kimberley said: ‘The winning cake looked very complicated to cook as it was two cakes put together with decorations on top.
‘It was very light and the chocolate swirls on top worked very well with it.’
The winning cake belonged to Mark and Nick who are residents at the Ana Treatment Centre, which helps addicts and alcoholics.
They were delighted at winning and had never cooked a cake before.
Ana chief executive, Libby Reid, was impressed with all the clients’ efforts.
She said: ‘I was astounded at the quality of the cakes that the clients made. The whole thing was amazing and they really made an effort which was good considering many of them had never even cooked before, let alone baked a cake.
‘I think some found it very therapeutic like a music session and it could start something. Next time maybe we will do pies.’
It was the director of the centre, Richard Johnson, who got in contact with Kimberley. He was a big follower of the Great British Bake Off and liked her style of cooking, so he tweeted her and asked her to help out.
Kimberley added: ‘I was more than happy to come down because I have worked with people in similar positions to the clients here. I was happy to come along and it might have seemed a bit off-the-cuff but I had genuine interest to come down and be a judge.
‘The cakes were just great.’