Michelle Knott was announced as the winner of the Brooke Burghley Bake Off this weekend for her Olympics inspired carrot cake.
Michelle was awarded first prize by Ugne Bubnaityte, star of the BBC’s Great British Bake-Off 2015, winning tickets to Burghley 2017, Pol Roger champagne and Chase Distillery gin.
Organised by working horse and donkey charity the Brooke in partnership with the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, the competition asked keen bakers to come up with an original carrot cake recipe. Three of the best took the final taste test on the cross-country day at Burghley.
The finalists will each have their carrot cake recipes featured in the Brooke Burghley recipe book, alongside baking tips and recipes provided by passionate supporters of the charity including Joanna Lumley, Alastair Stewart, Jo Brand, Wendy Turner-Webster, Rick Stein, Emma Milne, Gino D’Acampo and of course, Ugne Bubnaityte.
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is also supporting the Brooke’s High Teas for Gee Gees campaign in 2016, which aims to raise awareness and funds by asking people to throw tea parties in aid of working horses, donkeys and mules.
Michelle said: "I’m really surprised that I won, and I didn't even think I'd be in the final. I’m so happy to have been chosen as the winner.”
Ugne, who now runs ugnebakes.com, said: “As well as baking, I also love horses and this campaign allows me to bring both my passions together. Horses in the UK have so much, and those animals Brooke helps have so little. Brooke helps horses, donkeys and mules who need it the most.”
Chief executive of the Brooke, Petra Ingram said: “It's been wonderful working with Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this year on the Brooke Burghley bake off, and we'd like to thank them for supporting our High Teas for Gee Gees campaign.
“The lives of the horses we work with are vastly different from those taking on the cross country course, and we’re working hard to make lasting difference to their lives.”
The recipe book will be available to download on Brooke’s website for a £3 donation, in National Baking Week, 17-23 October.