Bake the Best of It

The competition has now closed

Get involved in our new online baking competition and help raise some dough to support vulnerable children in Milton Keynes.

'Bake the best of it' will run from Tuesday 26th - Friday 19th February. We need a minimum of 200 bakers to rise to the challenge to help us raise £2,000 to support Ride High's vital work in the community.

Participants can enter one of three categories: Best horse-themed cake, Best coronavirus-themed cake and Best Valentine's-themed cake. Children and adults will be judged separately.

We have some fabulous prizes

There will be a child and adult winner in each category and an overall winner too. The overall winner will receive an amazing Half-day one-to-one baking class with International Pastry Chef Claire Clark! There are also fabulous prizes for the winners of each category, including baking photography shoots and delicious bakes from Oh My Cakery - all donated by our judging panel.

Meet the judging panel

Claire Clark

(Head Judge)
International Pastry Chef

Kirsty Lund

Founder of
Oh My Cakery

Kate Everall


Sophie etc

MK Blogger


How to take part

To take part all you need to do is to register online via the above link. If you would like to make a suggested donation via our 'Bake the Best of it' campaign page (suggested donation £10) we would be extremely grateful, but it is not a requirement of entering and all participants will be treated equally regardless of whether or not they have donated. Once you have registered online we will send you an email with your competition number together with details of how to submit your entry.

You can register anytime between Tuesday 26th January and Friday 19th February, but you must submit your entry by 5PM on Friday 19th February. All the entries will be added to the Ride High Facebook page and the winners will be announced live on Saturday 27th February on the Ride High MK Facebook page.

Whilst the competition is running we will be sharing helpful hints and tips on our Facebook page Ride High MK (and other social channels) so make sure you follow us and if you're posting yourself please use #Bakethebestofit.

So what are you waiting for ... Bake the best of it!

The perfect recipe

During what is now our third national lockdown, 'Bake the best of it' is intended to give you something fun and productive to do during what is a very challenging time for many people. It's also an opportunity to help raise money for a charity that supports the most vulnerable children by teaching them to ride and care for horses. If together we can raise £2,000 this will fund riding lessons for eight children for a whole term. Through horses we are able to connect with the most hard-to-reach children in a way that no one else can. Time spent with the horses eases their anxieties and increases their confidence, responsible behaviour, trust and pride, so that when they leave us they are happy, confident young people with a brighter future ahead.


Huge thanks to our judges Claire Clark, Kate Everall, Kirsty and Sophie for supporting this fundraising initiative.

A little more about our judges

Claire Clark (MBE MOGB)

Claire is regarded as one of the top three pastry chefs in the world. Her glittering career has taken her to some of the leading restaurants in the world - including The Ritz and Claridges in London. Claire is the first person in the UK and only female recipient of the "Meilleur Ouvrier de la Grande-Bretange" (MOGB) or the "Best Crafts Worker of Britain". Claire now runs Pretty Sweet - a high end Patisserie catering service in London. Claire also founded The Claire Clark Academy with Milton Keynes College which offers a range of unique Patisserie courses. Visit Pretty Sweet

Kirsty Lund

Kirsty is the Founder of the Milton Keynes favourite that is Oh My Cakery - an independent cake business based in Linford Wood, that has grown an army of loyal, cake loving customers since its launch two years ago owing to Kirsty and her Mum's custom bakes and indulgent designs. Visit: Oh My Cakery.

Kate Everall

Kate is a professional photographer who has worked with Ride High for the last couple of years. Primarily a portrait photographer, during her 15 year career she has photographed a wide variety of subjects including capturing celebration cakes and creating food images caterers. Visit Kate's website

Sophie etc

Sophie etc is a Milton Keynes food & lifestyle blog helping people to discover great independent eats and adventures on their doorstep. Sophie is passionate about local businesses and showcasing there is more to MK than chain restaurants and roundabouts. Read Sophie's blog

Competition terms and conditions

  1. 'Bake the best of it' is open to amateur bakers only. Professional bakers are not permitted to enter.
  2. Participants are only allowed to make one entry to one of the competition's three cake categories.
  3. Each entry must include a photograph of the participants cake, along with a name and short description (50 words maximum).
  4. Ride High welcome a suggested donation of £10 from each participant, but it is not a requirement of entering and all participants will be treated equally regardless of whether or not they have donated.
  5. The overall prize of a Half-day one-to-one baking class with International Pastry Chef Claire Clark will take place at the Claire Clark Academy in Milton Keynes after covid restrictions have been lifted. Photography shoots are only available for locations up to an hour from Milton Keynes. Cakes from Oh My Cakery can be delivered within Milton Keynes only. All prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

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