Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Miramar Baker Takes the Cake

Miramar Baker Takes the Cake

Wellington’s top baker was revealed yesterday at the third annual New World Wellington Bake Off competition held at PreFab Eatery.

Jasmine Taggart, a marketing executive from online talent website - StarNow, stirred up success with her vanilla sponge cake with raspberry mousse and butter cream icing.

As well as the New World Wellington Bake Off 2013 title, Ms Taggart walked away with $4,500 worth of prizes including $1,000 worth of New World groceries, a $2,500 Fisher & Paykel voucher, and a Kirkcaldie & Stains’ KitchenAid Mixer valued at $995.

Bake Off judge and author of Baking for Blokes: DIY in the Kiwi Kitchen, Steve Joll, knew Ms Taggart’s sponge cake was the best in the batch after just one bite.

“It was perfect. Light, airy and moist - everything you’d expect from a sponge cake. I knew immediately that we’d found our winner.”

Ms Taggart said it was her first time making a sponge cake.

“I played around with a couple of techniques but settled on a tried and true Edmonds Cook Book recipe.

“I was absolutely shocked when I found out I had won. I was a keen baker growing up but had kind of moved away from it. The competition has definitely renewed my love for baking.”

Fifty-three of the region’s 96 bake clubs took part in the final after four weeks of battling it out over cookies, baked tart, bread and meringues.

Fellow judge, Alice Arndell of Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker fame, said she was overwhelmed by the appearance of the sponge cakes.

“You could tell a lot of work had gone into baking them. From Wellington’s own cable car and beehive to the traditional sponge cake you’d be proud to show your nana – they all looked phenomenal.”

She said this year’s contestants were just as creative with their choice of ingredients as they were with their designs.

“There were liquorice flavoured cakes and toffee nut brittle covered cakes... one sponge cake even incorporated local craft beer ParrotDog into the mix. The bakers definitely brought their best to the Bake Off.”

• Like WellingtonOnaPlate on Facebook
• Follow @WellyOnaPlate on Twitter
• Follow @WellyOnaPlate on Pinterest
• Follow @WellyOnaPlate on Instagram

Background

Positively Wellington Tourism (regional tourism organisation) and Grow Wellington (regional economic development agency) established the Visa Wellington On a Plate festival in 2009 to showcase the region’s food and beverage sector, and to develop culinary tourism in the region.

Visa Wellington On a Plate 2013 runs from August 9-25. For more information visit www.visawellingtononaplate.com

Visa is the naming rights sponsor of Visa Wellington On a Plate. Visa Entertainment gives Visa Credit, Debit or Pre-paid cardholders access to concert pre-sales, added value offers and competitions. There is no cost to join the programme. By registering your email address you'll be sent emails about the hottest pre-sales and offers. www.visaentertainment.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

Theatre: The F Word: Sex Without The 'ism'

Sex without the 'ism' Okay, so the sexes are equal in the eyes of the law. What the F happens now? More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Don’t Eat The Fish

On 'The Catch' by Michael Field What the ecologically edible lists don’t appear to take into account – and they should – is slavery... It’s not an easy read, but it’s definitely near the top of my listicle of “5 Political Books You Must Read This Year”. More>>

ALSO:

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news