CAKE OFF Garden Route, A Sweet Success Despite Lockdown

The annual CAKE OFF competition in the Garden Route area has taken place this year despite the restrictions of the lockdown… where there is a will, there is a way.

CAKE Off Garden Route is an event taking place every year for the past 6 years in the Garden Route with the top cake artists in the area.

We had such huge success in the past that we have decided to have 3 (three) Cake Off’s in 2020. One in Mossel Bay, one in George and one in Oudtshoorn.

Cake artists put their baking, building and decorating skills to the test in this competition.  “Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic we did things a little different this year.

Every town was allocated one during April for their Cake Off.

Cake Off Garden Route 2020
Some of the 2020 Contestants bakes

The organiser was worried about how the competition would proceed during the lockdown and if it would be a success, but she was delighted with the response, Also, the cakes was a delight to the eye.

The theme set out for 2020 was  High Tea During Lockdown. Each contestant had to bake and decorate the following according to the theme – 1 x cake, 12 x creative doughnuts and 12 x meringues (skuimpies).

The contestants had to submit before, during and after photos and a short video the day before their town’s Cake Off to the organiser and judges.

Judging was different too – the focus was on how well the theme is maintained, techniques used and the appearance of the final product.

The judges this year was the well-known South African singer Tobi Jooste, Hilary Otto, Denise Lloyd, Ian Perryman, Ronelle Stopforth and Cecilia van der Heyde.

Cake Off Garden Route 2020
Cake Off Garden Route 2020 Judges.

After the judges and the public voted all bakes from each town was auctioned.

The George winner in the competition was Debbie Thomas, Oudtshoorn winner, Cherie Calitz and the Mossel Bay winner was Sanet Smit.

Cake Off Garden Route 2020
Debbie Thomas – Sanet Smit – Chèrie Calitz

The overall winner of the annual Garden Route Cake Off  for 2020 has been announced Monday, 27 April as Cherie Calitz from Oudtshoorn.

Cake Off Garden Route 2020
Chèrie Calitz – Winner of CAKE OFF Garden Route 2020

Trudi Stander, the organiser of the Garden Route Cake Off competition, has reason to feel great. There is nothing like the exhilaration of pulling off a project successfully.

Thank you to every contestant, judge, sponsor and the public for making 2020 a huge success.  We are looking forward to 2021.

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Trudi Stander
Trudi Stander

Business Development Manager & Real Life Editor

Trudi Stander, our Business Development Manager and head of our BLOSS Brand ambassador program is a strong woman who faces life with no fear, fights for what she wants, and don’t care what people say about her. She is a businesswoman and entrepreneur with more than 10 years’ experience in the media industry. She believes that every moment we are alive is precious. Treat it as such and don’t waste a single second. Be brave, and don't be afraid to assert your power in the pursuit of your dreams. Set your goals, and accomplish them, but be kind to yourself. Make things happen without permission.

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