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Our search is on for Scotland’s best home bakers

15 September 2020

We are delighted to launch our second annual search for Scotland’s finest home baker in time for the return of hit TV show, The Great British Bake Off.

We encourage amateur bakers from across the country to slip back on your aprons and show off your culinary creations for a chance to be featured on The Scottish Cafe’s iconic afternoon tea menu.
From indulgent gateau’s, to classic cream cakes and savoury bites, The Scottish Cafe is looking for only the best afternoon bakes from Scotland’s most talented home cooks, including mums, dads,
grandparents and children of all ages. Entries are also encouraged from schools, colleges and families.

To enter The Scottish Cafe’s search for Scotland’s best home baker, people should post a show- stopping photograph or short film of themselves with their afternoon tea creation and a brief
description on social media, tagging The Scottish Cafe on Instagram (, Twitter (@Continibites) or Facebook (, and using hashtag #ContiniBakeOff by Wednesday 30th September.

Entrants must live in Scotland, love home baking and be over 18 years of age. Entries from children must be supported by a parent, guardian or teacher.

Last year, 14-year-old Grace Warnock from Prestonpans in East Lothian was crowned the contest champion. Grace, who attends Preston Lodge High School, came out on top as the first ‘Contini Bake Off’ winner, having impressed the judges with her Trifle, Banoffee, Apple Pie and Lemon Meringue cupcakes. Grace has been baking at home with her mum since she was only three years old and really enjoys baking crispy cakes, biscuits and bread in the kitchen with her family.

Carina Contini and our specialist pastry chefs will be amongst the panel of expert judges to make its shortlist of mouth-watering morsels and select the overall star baker. Judges will be looking for technical ability, creative flair, originality and use of local ingredients, but ultimately a delicious and eye-catching addition to The Scottish Cafe’s signature afternoon tea menu.

We had such an amazing response to our ‘Contini Bake Off’ competition last year and had so much fun judging the entries, that we wanted to offer people the chance to show off their
culinary flair again this year.  With the home baking trend continuing to grip the nation, we’re encouraging talented amateur cooks of all ages to rise to the occasion once again and put their culinary skills in the limelight.  Last year, Grace Warnock really did rise to the challenge and dazzled us with her baking talent. This year, we’d be keen to see more entries from schools, families, grandparents and their grandchildren of all ages.

Good luck!