The Roath Bake Off 2016


The Cardiff cake-loving community hosted its sixth Roath Bake at St Andrew’s Church, Wellfield Road this April. The event hosted by Wayne Courtney and Nathan Wyburn and with 12 judges the competition saw over 100 cakes from 6 categories of amateurs to professionals.  The Cardiff Times Magazine columnists, Wyburn and Wayne, are a duo at the heart of the community who fundraise and host events for charity in Cardiff. This year their competition was set to raise money for the Welsh Hearts Charity who aim to raise better awareness of Cardiovascular health.

Wayne Courtney, described the event as “better than ever”, and after this year will leave his role in the competition. Wayne said, “This event is the last one for me, and it was emotional at the end. I’ve had six wonderful years doing it and made lots of great friendships.”

“I wanted it to finish on a high, and it certainly did with about 100 entries in total over the six categories.”

“Roath is a great community that comes out to support most things. But this event has featured people from all over – I’ve spoken to people today from Swansea, Neath and Merthyr.”

This years’ competition teamed up with CPS Homes who sponsored the event. Wayne hopes to see the competition taken-over by a charity. He said, “It raises a lot of money and could certainly give an organisation a big boost.”

“From a personal point of view I’d like to thank people for their support – I’ve had a great time and made loads of friends.”

“Who would have thought a small baking competition could bring so many people together and raise so much money for charity?”

The competition featured something for everyone with a junior category, split to 10s and under, and over 11s. For best taste, Samuel Davies won the under 10s competition, while Holly Carpenter won best decorated. The over 11s saw Ellie Jose and Ceri Griffin win the equivalent prizes.

The amateur category saw Melissa Broughton take the winners medal with other winners including Linda Gibbs (in the sugarcraft category), Amber Verona (professional), Bryan Halliday (crumble) and Ria Dionysaton (baked/bread).

The list of Winners Include:

Linda Gibbs – Sugarcraft Winner

Amber Verona – Professional Winner

Melissa Broughton – Amateur Winner

Joanna Cullen – Amateur 2nd Place Winner

Bryan Haliday – Crumble Winner

Ria Dionysaton – Baked / Bread / Pie Winner


Junior Bake Off Winners – 10 and under

Samuel Davies – Best Taste

Holly Carpenter – Best Decorated Winner


11 and Over

Ceri Griffin – Best Taste Winner
Ellie Jose – Best Decorated Winner