Langley Bake Off a Success

Cake entry in the Langley Bake Off 2015, Two tier cake with a santa and snowman topper and some holly leavesInspiration from the Great British Bake Off led to our very own Langley Bake Off!

On 8th December 2015, 30 residents and 10 staff gathered to show off their baking talents.

The Bake Off gave residents the chance to learn new skills and develop their confidence and self-esteem as part of their journey to live crime-free. The categories included most artistic cake, best representation of the Christmas story and best newcomer.

Entry into Langley Bake Off 2015 - a Christmas tree made out of gingerbread with a gingerbread star on top, plus a gingerbread sleigh and presents.The national Langley Bake Off followed a local project Bake Off earlier this year, when four projects joined forces to have a regional Bake Off. One resident, Jim*, who had never baked before, was delighted to win the regional event. This inspired him to enter his own Christmas recipe in the national Bake Off which impressed the judges.

Another resident in his 70s submitted his first ever cake bake. Having spent over 50 years in prison, he had also never baked before.


Entry into Langley Bake Off 2015 - an cake iced to look like a snowman, wearing a red hat and a yellow scarf.The judging panel was made up of central project staff and residents. In true Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood style, they assessed the baking on appearance, taste, texture, innovation and skill. Our Chair, Malcolm Hayes, also got involved in sampling and tasting the entries.

Our Lancaster project overcame the odds to win the best representation of the Christmas story, despite power cuts after Storm Desmond hit Cumbria and Lancashire.



Award winning cake entry from Murray Lodge into Langley Bake Off 2015. It is a Christmas scene with Christmas trees, reindeer, tinsel and various cupcakes.

Award-winning entry from Murray Lodge

Zena Drew, Head of Human Resources, secured the best staff bake. The most innovative creation came from the Kent Resettlement Project which won the best contemporary cake design. Murray Lodge (Coventry) was the overall Bake Off winner.

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