Hats off to npower staff as Bake Off’s Martha judges their charity cake challenge

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Workmates rose to the challenge when a Great British Bake Off star turned up to judge their efforts.

Martha Collison, who, at 17, became the youngest ever contestant in the hit BBC series back in 2014, visited npower’s Rainton Bridge offices to show her support for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Great British Bake Off star Matha Collison, front and centre, with staff from npower's Rainton Bridge office.

Great British Bake Off star Matha Collison, front and centre, with staff from npower's Rainton Bridge office.

Colleagues created their own bobble hat-themed cake to raise funds for the charity, which aims to help people living with cancer keep warm without worry.

Martha made a special chocolate and lime bobble hat cake for the occasion using a recipe she has created to celebrate the campaign.

Staff member Michelle Cook was hailed as the star baker of the day after making a three-layer chocolate sponge cake filled with chocolate fudge buttercream, decorated in pink and blue colours with a white feather on top, along with accompanying cupcakes.

Michelle said: “Macmillan is a charity very close to my heart, helping and supporting many friends and close family members.
“At every opportunity, I try and support them as much as I can, so using my baking talents to fundraise was my way of giving a little something back.”

At every opportunity, I try and support them as much as I can, so using my baking talents to fundraise was my way of giving a little something back.

Npower worker Michelle Collison

Martha, who made the last four of the GBBO in 2014, added: “This cake really caught my eye and looked so professional.
“It was a moist chocolate cake which is the best kind of cake.
“All the cakes here were impressive and I’m delighted at everyone’s efforts - it was really difficult to pick the best bake, but Michelle’s was a near faultless cake.”

More details about how to get involved with the charity’s campaign can be found via coffee.macmillan.org.uk.

Former Great British Bake Off contestant Martha Collinson supports Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning at Npower

Former Great British Bake Off contestant Martha Collinson supports Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning at Npower