The heat was on in the kitchen as three of our Year 8 students, along with their chosen family member, took part in the school’s Bake Off final, which was themed on a ‘Celebration of Vegetables’.

Each student and their mum created an inventive recipe and decorated their masterpiece ahead of judging by Fiona Murphy, of Cavendish-based Moo Moo Cakes, who set the brief.

Cakes from the students included Daisy Condon’s two-tier chocolate orange and beetroot cake and courgette and lemon sponge with lemon buttercream, Isabella Brady baked a chocolate and beetroot cake and Olivia Pryke baked a pea and vanilla sponge with lemon buttercream.

Meanwhile, their parents whipped up a carrot and courgette cake with lime curd and lime basil cream, a parsnip, white chocolate and orange sponge and a cucumber and lemon sponge with gin icing.

Fiona said: “I have been so impressed with the brave flavour combinations and the attention to detail. It was really hard to choose the two winners and I think everyone should be really proud of their bakes. I loved judging the final and am so pleased to have been asked to be involved.”

Olivia Pryke's winning pea and vanilla sponge

Olivia Pryke’s winning pea and vanilla sponge

Our student winner was Olivia Pryke with her pea and vanilla sponge with lemon buttercream.

She said: “I was so surprised to have my cake chosen and to win this year’s Bake Off. It’s been so much fun baking alongside my mum and the other finalists. We’re now all really excited to try each other’s cakes.”

The winning mum was Mrs Sophie Brady with her parsnip, white chocolate and orange cake.

As well as baking their masterpiece, each finalist had to display their recipe with a list of ingredients, costings of no more than £12 and a drawing of their design.

Clarissa Thomas, Head of Food Science at Ipswich High School, said: “It was a fantastic final and we loved the brief that Fiona from Moo Moo Cakes gave the finalists. Baking with vegetables can be tricky but all of the finalists took it in their stride and created some fabulous cakes. Well done to all of our finalists and to this year’s winners.”

Watch the video of our Bake Off Final