Meet the Norfolk winner of the Big C competition to design a celebratory cake – Maria Clouting
Champion baker Maria Clouting was the clear winner of a Big C competition to design a cake to mark their 40th birthday.
The Norfolk-based cancer charity asked Feast editor Sarah Hardy to choose a winner and Maria, from Reedham, near Acle, stood out with her intricately designed cake which includes many of the charity’s key messages.
And she was delighted to win, saying: ‘I think the Big C does an amazing job – my sister and her partner are volunteers so I know how important the work is that they do.’
Maria is a cake maker by profession and has her own kitchens at South Burlingham, near Acle, where she produces amazing, individual cakes which are real works of art. ‘I bake for weddings, birthdays – anything, really,’ she says. ‘I can really make whatever anyone wants, all with their own decorations and messages.’
She says that it was enjoyable to design and bake a cake that was all her own thoughts, adding; ‘And I can spend as much time as I need to get it just right!’
Maria, who has been making cakes for more than 20 years, trained at City College, Norwich, passed various catering courses and also worked in several bakeries in the area.
It was hoped that she would bake her show stopping cake for a big party with the Big C this autumn but all plans are on hold until next year. ‘It is a difficult time,’ agrees Maria. ‘I’ve had some couples who have rearranged their wedding three times. But I will be ready and waiting when we can do something – we could all certainly do with a big party!’
Carole Slaughter, head of fundraising at the Big C, says: ‘We are delighted with the design for our celebration cake from Maria. It reflects so well how hard the Big C has worked to improve the lives of local people affected by cancer and their families. Unfortunately, under the current Covid 19 restrictions, we’ve had to put our planned 40th birthday celebrations on hold. So we won’t see this fabulous cake just yet – and it may be next year – but it’s certainly worth waiting for!’