Sun 23 June | Cake Off!

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Sunday 23 June
  • 3pm - 5.30pm

 A fundraising event for Dorchester Arts’ community performance of ‘Apollo – One Giant Leap!’

Tickets £1 (on the door), free to competitors)

Roll up your sleeves, don your best aprons and – bake!  Help Dorchester Arts celebrate its summer of starry space events and enter our Cake Off! competition. Open to everyone (unless you are a professional of course….).

Judges to be announced.

Prizes include signed celebrity aprons!

Pictures of winning cakes in each category will be displayed on giant screens at the Apollo – One Giant Leap! event on 19 July as part of Moonbury Rings.

Entry Fee: Adult classes – 60p, Junior classes – 50p. Payable on the day.

ADULT CLASSES (over 12 years)

A SIGNATURE BAKE of any of the following:

A small cake measuring approximately 7 inches diameter


Six sweet biscuits


Six sweet buns or muffins

Own recipes to be used.  Unusual flavour combinations welcome!  No theme required.

Six Moon Rock cakes made to the following recipe:


225g/8oz self-raising flour

75g/2½oz caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

125g/4½oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes

150g/5½oz dried fruit

1 free-range egg

1 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and rub in the cubed butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then mix in the dried fruit.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg and milk together with the vanilla extract.

Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until the mixture just comes together as a thick, lumpy dough. Add a teaspoon more milk if you need it to make the mixture stick together.

Place golf ball-sized spoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking tray. Leave space between them as they will flatten and spread out to double their size during baking.

Bake for 15–20 minutes, until golden-brown. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool.

A spectacular cake of any size (guideline may be displayed to fit on a board 25cm x 25 cm square) decorated however you wish, with the theme of space travel, moon landings, interplanetary travel – anything at all!  No wire, skewers or sticks to be used.


Six CHEESE scones made to your own recipe, any size or shape.

A cake decorated to show either an alien world, or a single alien, but all to be completely edible .  No wire, skewers or sticks to be used, may be displayed on a board. 

The Cake Off! Rules

  1. Only one entry per person in each class please
  2. All entries MUST be cooked by the entrant and exhibited on a white paper plate, unless otherwise stated.
  3. All entries in all classes to be made available for sale after judging, proceeds to Dorchester Arts Apollo: One Giant Leap! community performance on 19 July in ‘Moonbury Rings’. A suggestion as to price is welcome. 

So join us for tea and the best cakes that Dorset has to offer – the countdown has started!

To register an interest in a class and for further details please email stating which classes you are be interested in, more details will be sent through.