Sugar was the order of the day on Friday 24th March in the Vardags office. To raise money for Red Nose Day, the London team put on their best oven gloves to create all types of treats. The spread included a full sweep of chocolate brownies, raspberries galore, gravity-defying decorations, oozing cream eggs and oodles of caramel.
This year the organiser, Kaspar Newby, very democratically handed over the judging to the Vardagians with a voting poll. Some among us, myself included, considered that the only way to decide who was most worthy of the cake crown was to taste every single entry. This was no mean feat as the office had created no less than 13 different types of confection.
Sarah Hogarth, the long-standing master baker in residency, picked up the prize for best design and also won the coveted title of Star Baker for her awesome Easter-inspired chocolate fudge cake. Acting as guest judge, she gave her award to John Oxley for his glittering chocolate and honeycomb chef d’oeuvre. The prize for best taste unanimously went to Andrew Pursley for his ever so indulgent Oreo cheesecake.
With a fantastic £161.25 raised for Comic Relief, Vardags really did bake up a storm. Well done to everyone who competed, and thank you to the whole team for taking part so enthusiastically in the sugary feast and helping us support a very, very good cause.