Cake off - 98 year old challenges friends and families to revive Easter tradition - the simnel cake

By Suzi Muston in Events

Catherine Bickmore, 98, set her friends and family a challenge - to revive the revive the simnel cake tradition this Easter.

Catherine said she loved the taste of the cake so much that she wanted everyone important to her to their own version of her favourite treat.

Catherine, who lives at Chingford care home, The Spinney, also challenged fellow residents to the cake off.

Friends and families baked their cakes at home, and residents baked theirs at the care home.

All cakes were then judged by nine year old Shannon Steggles from Chingford.

She chose the cake baked by the care home’s residents.

A prize of Easter Eggs and a rabbit cuddly toy was presented for the winning cake.

Catherine Bickmore, 98, said: “I absolutely love eating cake and the Simnel cake is my very favourite.

"It was wonderful to taste it again – and so important we don’t lose old traditions.”

Jacky Fitzpatrick home manager said: "This was a lovely project for our residents and their families.

"Simnel cakes were originally baked on Mothering Sunday but not eaten until Easter.

"They were difficult to make and were regarded as a test of a girl’s cooking skills and the whole family would be anxious to see if the cake was still moist when it was finally cut."

The Simnel Cake competition was part of the home’s annual Easter celebrations which included an Easter Bonnet Parade.

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