Leeds office gets the baking bug

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With this year’s series of The Great British Bake off well underway, the baking bug has well and truly swept one Leeds office.

Staff at energy giant npower’s Scarcroft office whipped up a storm to take part in a ‘Cake Off’ contest in aid of their charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support.

Npower's 'The Great Macmillan Cake Off' Competition judged by runner-up of BBC's third series of The Great British Bake Off, Brendan Lynch. With Mary-Jo Morgan.

Npower's 'The Great Macmillan Cake Off' Competition judged by runner-up of BBC's third series of The Great British Bake Off, Brendan Lynch. With Mary-Jo Morgan.

And guest judge on the day was none other than runner-up on series three of the hugely-popular BBC One show - Brendan Lynch.

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The skilled star taste-tested an array of impressive cakes as employees at the office, on Wetherby Road, battled each other for the coveted title of star baker.

After judging each bakes on his trio of winning criteria - flavour, style and creativity - Brendan awarded the honour to Jacqueline Nunn.

Runner-up of BBC's third series of The Great British Bake Off, Brendan Lynch.

Runner-up of BBC's third series of The Great British Bake Off, Brendan Lynch.

She had been encouraged to make her ‘mega chocolate malt layer cake topped with honeycomb’ by her team members who regularly sample her baking delights in the office.

She said: “I am absolutely amazed I won, because there were some cracking looking cakes on that table! As a team, we love to bake and regularly fundraise for Macmillan, they do amazing work and it is an honour to be able to support them in any way - and contributing a cake is the least I could do.”

The ‘Cake Off’ Competition was being run across npower’s nine main sites to celebrate Macmillan’s 25th World Biggest Coffee Morning event.

All money raised will be matched pound for pound by npower to help funding Macmillan nursing hours

Brendan said: “I’m really excited to be involved with this activity – especially as Macmillan is a cause very close to my heart. I became aware of Macmillan about 15 years ago when my sister was diagnosed with cancer. I was so impressed with the professionalism and care, but not only with my sister, who was very dear to me, but also, the support they provided me and members of the family during extremely difficult times – something I will always be very grateful for.”

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