A cake showing cats playing with balls of fondant wool has been selected as the top bake in a Cats Protection competition.
Bake Off’s Kim-Joy selected this colourful creation from hundreds of entries from cat lovers in the charity’s Pawsome Baking Challenge, which raises funds to help the charity care for and rehome unwanted cats.
Kim-Joy, who has two cats called Inki and Mochi, said: “It was a tough choice picking a winner but I have to say I’ve never seen a ball of wool cake before! I love the way the cats have their own personalities, especially the orange cat playing with the string. It would bring a smile to anyone’s face.”
The delighted winner Jay Urquhart-Pettifer, 41, from Coventry said: “I’m so glad Kim-Joy liked my ball of wool showstopper and it’s given me extra confidence in my baking!
“This cake shows all of the cats I’ve owned in my life, including my current black-and-white feline Izzy, and I went for very bright colours to give it the fun element!
Kim-Joy also selected a top bake among juniors aged 16 and under. This was won by Isobel Davies, 16, from Croydon who designed cat-shaped cookies entirely made from meringue.
“It’s not easy working with meringue so I was really impressed with the detail and the fact they came out so smooth-looking and free of cracks.” says Kim-Joy.
Both Jay and Isobel won a signed copy of Kim-Joy’s Baking with Kim-Joy book while the competition raised more than £1,600 to help Cats Protection look after and rehome unwanted cats.
“We’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who sent in their bakes while the funds raised will help us guarantee brighter futures for many needy cats, said Zoe Thompson, from Cats Protection’s Events Team.
“If anyone is inspired by these bakes, then why not register to how to host your own afternoon tea to help unwanted cats. Please visit www.pawsometea.org to find out more.”