The Great European Bake Off!

European themed cakes on a red and white gingham tablecloth

Pupils’ baking talent was displayed in stunning fashion when the Modern Languages Department ran a Great European Bake Off in celebration of the European Day of Languages.

They rose to the challenge of baking a “European-themed treat,” with creations including a Dutch windmill cake, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a Polish ginger cake, EU cupcakes, a flamenco dancer, union jack cakes, a box of Yorkshire Tea and even a Brexit-themed cake!

Their creations were judged by Miss Cheadle, Mr Hughes, Miss Powell, Mr Seth and Mrs Salmon, who entered into the true “bake off” spirit with comments such as “there’s no soggy bottom there” and “nice texture!”

All of the cakes were then sold to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support as part of Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Nikki Scott Somers, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, said: “Well done to everyone, whether you baked, bought or donated. Our biggest thanks go to all of the pupils who spent a huge amount of time and effort creating their masterpieces; we were totally overwhelmed by the quality and variety of bakes!”

Three judges taste testing the cakes in the Great European Bake Off at Pocklington SchoolThe Department was decorated with European flags and pupils donned hats and flags in celebration of the annual day, staged on 26th September by the Council of Europe to promote the importance of language learning to increase intercultural understanding.

The winners were as follows:

6th form:

Winner - "Arc Dare Triomphe" - collective effort from U6 French

Runner up - Jacob Clark with his Dutch apple cake

Middle School:

Winner - Josh Gill with his Polish ginger cake

Runner up - Ben Vahey with his German themed sponge cake

Lower School:

Winner - Clara Stewart with "Cakexit"

Runner up - Luke Wood with his Union Jack cake

Overall special mention: goes to Adam Wilcock for his incredible Dutch Windmill (distinction)

Other special mentions: Darcy Halton, Harriet Hodge and Edie Morris (distinctions)

To see all of the tasty european treats, please click here!