Monday, December 23, 2019

Junior GBBO winner, 13, celebrates Christmas

Bake Off snowstopper! Junior GBBO winner, 13, celebrates Christmas with a chimney piece de resistance called ‘When Santa got stuck in the chimney’

  • Fin Woodward, 13, from Manchester has created a two-tier Christmas cake 
  • The cake includes a dash of brandy and a vanilla and chocolate chip sponge
  • The schoolboy has called the cake ‘When Santa got stuck in the chimney’ 

Last month he became the Junior Bake Off champion of 2019. Now 13-year-old Fin Woodward has created this impressive Christmas cake.

The schoolboy has been in high demand since winning the Channel 4 competition, with requests for sweet treats coming in thick and fast – especially from his teachers.

Fin, who began baking with his grandmother and spent hours learning techniques by watching YouTube videos, has created a cake called ‘When Santa got stuck in the chimney’.

His two-tier masterpiece includes a bottom layer of fruit cake including a dash of brandy, then a vanilla and chocolate chip sponge on top with a biscoff buttercream inside.

Junior Bake Off champion of 2019 Fin Woodward (pictured), 13, from Manchester, has created a two-tier cake called ‘When Santa got stuck in the chimney’

The schoolboy (pictured mixing the ingredients), who began baking with his grandmother, created his two-tier masterpiece using a layer of fruit cake including a dash of brandy, then a vanilla and chocolate chip sponge on top with a biscoff buttercream inside

The cakes are covered in white fondant with red fondant squares to create a brick wall.

It is topped off with an upside down Santa sticking out in red and black icing, with snow effect icing to finish. 

Fin, who lives in Manchester, beat 20 others to the Junior Bake Off crown, impressing the judges with his showstopper, a cake in the form of the winner’s trophy.

Speaking about his love of baking, Fin said: ‘I like how therapeutic it can be. It just takes you away from everything. I have been baking for only about 18 months so it’s all been fairly quick.’

He added: ‘I was using YouTube before just for entertainment and then I had a school cooking assessment where I had to make fruit cupcakes. I remember thinking, ‘I want to do quite well in this’ so I started searching for different recipes on YouTube.’

Fin said a lot of his teachers had asked him to make them cakes since his victory. 

Fin (pictured making the elf’s head) beat 20 others to the Junior Bake Off crown and has been in high demand since winning the Channel 4 competition

‘We had the OAP party in school so I made a Christmas cake for that. My maths teacher also asked me to do a Christmas cake and my history teacher asked me to do two cakes for two teachers who are leaving.’ 

Asked what advice he would give to other young people interested in baking, Fin – who would like a new stand mixer for Christmas – said: ‘Just try it. See how it goes and if you like it, just keep doing it and see where it takes you.’ 

His mother Sally said: ‘We are so proud of him because we’ve seen the commitment that he’s had towards the baking and the hours he’s put in. 

‘There have been some nights where he hasn’t gone to bed until two in the morning, which isn’t ideal when he’s got school, but we can just see the passion he’s got for it.’ 

Fin’s cake is covered in white fondant with red fondant squares to create a brick wall and is topped off with an upside down Santa sticking out 

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