Reigning Great British Bake Off champion Frances Quinn was on-hand to judge the best cake decoration competition at this year’s Caerphilly Food Festival – the future of which is in doubt.
Llanbradach mum Charlotte Lunn, 32, walked away with the top prize with her Caerphilly Castle-inspired design.
Charlotte, with Frances and daughter Daisy, said she was thrilled to win.
After almost five hours of intense cake decorating, she said: “I’m tired, cold but elated.”
Charlotte, who was enthusiastically supported by her husband Tom, explained the chocolate-flavoured cake was inspired by the tale of Gruffudd the Fair’s affair with Princess Alice of Angouleme – the wife of Gilbert de Clare – better known today as the Green Lady ghost of Caerphilly Castle.
This year’s festival attracted an estimated 9,000 visitors, but the future of the Caerphilly town centre event has been cast in doubt – again because of funding cuts.
A spokeswoman for Caerphilly County Borough Council said the event was a major success and that the authority was looking forward to the town’s next events – the Caerphilly 10k road race in June as well as July’s Big Cheese.
However, she added: “Moving forward, this council like others right across the country will have to make some difficult decisions in order to make further savings in excess of £14 million over the next two years.
“We are very well aware of the economic benefits that major events such as these can bring to our town centres, and these, together with other discretionary services provided by the council will be considered over the coming months as part of the budget setting process.”