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Cakes without the calories

World’s First Knitted Cake Festival celebrates 40 entries and £875 raised for charity

The world’s first Knitted Cake Festival, held in Helmsley, was a huge success, so far raising £875 for Malton, Norton & District Hospital League of Friends and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

With the North York Moors laying claim to the title of ‘Britain’s Capital of Cake’, and Helmsley home to many fantastic tea rooms, coffee shops, bakeries and delis, Christine Bentley, the owner of Castle Stores Wool Shop in Helmsley, and her friend and customer Anna Lupton from Ampleforth, decided to launch their own homage to the cake.

With entrants knitting or crocheting everything from strawberry tarts and cupcakes to full on three tiered wedding cakes, the winning cakes were chosen and then all the entries were put on sale to raise money for charity.

Forty entries were received from as far afield as Essex and Surrey. Mary Rudd, from Easingwold, was crowned the overall winner for her wedding cake, winning a night’s stay for two at Carr House Farm in Ampleforth and afternoon tea at Ampleforth Abbey Tearooms. Other prizes included afternoon tea at Helmsley’s Black Swan Hotel, a workbox or knitting bag, yarn and vouchers for Castle Stores and Carr House Farm.

Christine Bentley, the owner of Castle Stores, commented: “We were delighted to receive so many entries and the quality was so high, it was very hard to choose our winners! We’d like to thank everyone who took part and who helped us to raise so much money for some very worthy causes. There are still some cakes for sale too – they make a great conversation piece, and they’re definitely zero calories!”

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