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Bake Off

Bake off

Who better to turn to when getting someone to make you a 120th anniversary cake then a woman who came tantalisingly close to appearing on The Great British Bake Off?

DAMHA turned to Sue Lewis when we needed a large cake making to mark our 120th birthday this year.

Sue, who lives in one of our homes in Lumley, near Chester-le-Street, was the logical choice after narrowly missing out (she was first reserve) on the 2017 edition of The Great British Bake Off.

She jumped at the chance and after being given a brief which involved celebrating the past and looking forward to the future, she produced a stunning cake which was unveiled recently at the DAMHA residents’ forum.

The front of the large sponge cake resembles one of the new bungalows we now build across the North East and when you turn it around, there’s a mine shaft complete with edible coal, a coal truck and even a pickaxe.

Sue even made a display board (non-edible aside from the lettering) for the cake to stand on which celebrates 120 years of DAMHA.

Producing the cake involved using 50 eggs, 18 blocks of butter, 3,175 grams of flour, 3,175 grams of caster sugar, 3,200 grams of icing sugar and 6 jars of strawberry jam.

Sue, who only took up baking as a hobby around five years ago, said: “I was delighted when I was asked to make a cake for such a special occasion. It was difficult because I had to make it big enough to ensure there was enough for all the residents at the forum to have a piece, but I am really pleased with the result.”

Paul Mullis, DAMHA Chief Executive, said: “The cake really had the wow factor and we would like to thank Sue for all her effort and hard work in making something which is very befitting of our 120th anniversary.”