Announcing…the OU Festive Bake Off 2021 winners!

Now that the competition has closed, it's time to announce who has won, along with pictures of their beautiful bakes, and the prizes they will receive.

On the 6th December 2021, the OU Festive Bake Off lauched and was mentioned in the Hoot Door 4 Advent Calendar. This was a battle between students to see who’s festive bake was the best from each nation, along with the caption #OUFestiveBakeOff. 

The competition officially closed on the 28th December, so a massive thank you to everyone who participated. We hope everyone had fun, because we sure did! 

The judges were none other than: the Students Association’s Area Reps for England (Leanne White), Wales (Hanna Silk), and Continental Europe (Kate Wells); as well as Deputy president Ian Cheyne and Vice President for education Cinnomen McGuigan!  

It really didn’t matter how proficient you were at baking, but it was more the spirit of just getting stuck in and having fun with it! Well you really didn’t hold back with your entries. It was a close competition with many of them, but our judges have now decided and these are the following winners for each nation.

Winner for England: Rachel Morris for her incredible gingerbread based on the Palladian Bridge at Stowe

Speaking to the Hoot, Rachel said:

“I am so thrilled my gingerbread bridge got chosen! With my fab OU baking prizes I am looking forward to cooking up a storm in 2022!”

It’s a masterpeice! Perhaps you can keep us up to date with a few of your 2022 bakes, Rachel?

Winner for Wales: Alex Layton and her “pile of Christmas presents”

Speaking to the Hoot, Alex said:

Made this festive pile of gifts and took it along to a Christmas family party, lots of us hadn’t seen eachother for two years due to covid so it was really lovely to cut cake and catch up. The cake itself was a 10” square double-layered vanilla Victoria sponge (can’t beat a classic!) with buttercream and strawberry jam, with some smaller bits added on for the extra parcels!

We’re very jealous that your family got to taste this masterpiece, Alex, but so glad you got to see them. 

Winner for Scotland: Rochelle Van Niekerk and this stunning sugar cookie house

Speaking to the Hoot, Rochelle said:

I only wish the sugar cookie house lasted longer! The whole family enjoyed demolishing it. I really enjoyed baking this, I’d like to thank all that had a part in arranging the bake off. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Rochelle, it was our pleasure!

Winner for Ireland: Eric Wilson and his festive fruit cake

You can’t beat tradition, and this bake looks as traditonal as they get. 

Winner for the rest of the World: Alexis Currin and this spectacular “thatched-roof German ‘Lebkuchen’ house, with Santa stuck in the chimney on his way to deliver presents”!

Speaking to the Hoot, Alexis said:

I’m absolutely stoked to have won, and am looking forward to trying out some more German recipes with the prizes – perhaps some Stollen for next year?

Pre-planning for the 2022 competition already – that’s some admirable dedication, Alexis!

Really well done to all of you and well deserved too. The winners will be receiving an OUSA notebook, a wooden mixing spoon, festive cookie cutters and a personalised limited edition 50th anniversary OUSA branded apron! 

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