Using the gospel truth in cake design

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A COMPETITION is challenging chefs to cook up an idea to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The Great Gospels Cake Off will be held at the Durham’s Farmers’ Market in the Market Place on Thursday.

Organisers hope people will come up with decorated sponges, cup cakes, gateaux, buns and other sweet treats with a design that represents the Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert’s journey.

“The entries will be displayed and judged with a host of categories open.

Dr Keith Bartlett, programme director of Lindisfarne Gospels Durham, said: “We thought this would be a fun and imaginative way for people to show what the gospels mean to them. “Whilst we hope the cakes will taste as good as they look, the most important element will be their appearance and in this instance we will certainly be judging a book by its cover.”

The market, held on the third Thursday of the month, will also host the launch of the County Durham Food Charter, which will see organisations and individuals work together to develop more sustainable, healthy food system.

For further details on the competition and entry forms visit, call 03000 261951 or e-mail

The Lindisfarne Gospels are on show in Palace Green Library until September 30.