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Spring Into Spalding event welcomes Great British Bake Off winner Matty Edgell - who shares his secret to avoid a soggy bottom





A star guest will be ‘baking’ an appearance at a free fun-filled day of festivities – and he hopes not to have a soggy bottom.

Winner of Channel Four’s Great British Bake Off Matty Edgell is appearing at the Spring Into Spalding Cake Bake Off Competition, organised by South Holland District Council’s Communities Team on Saturday, March 30 at the South Holland Centre.

The popular event is returning following a £6,000 grant from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the star baker will be judging cakes along with chairman Coun Andrew Woolf in the town centre from 10.30am-2.30pm.

Matty Edgell won the Great British Bake Off in 2023. PHOTO: SUBMITTED
Matty Edgell won the Great British Bake Off in 2023. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

He said: “It is great to get to do opportunities like this.

“I am really looking forward to it.”

The 28-year-old teacher from Peterborough won the popular show last year after his fiancé Lara applied on his behalf.

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He continued to work as PE teacher alongside baking up a treat for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Matty Edgell was entered into the popular baking show by his fiancée Lara. PHOTO: SUBMITTED
Matty Edgell was entered into the popular baking show by his fiancée Lara. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

He said: “It is never a situation I thought I would find myself in.”

During the show Matty had to write nine recipes and follow them to the letter when making his bakes.

He said: “We had to write a recipe that was entirely our own.

Action from the last Spring into Spalding event
Action from the last Spring into Spalding event

“If we used a method that hadn’t been written entirely by you they would send it back.

“I had never written a recipe – so I stuck to what I knew.”

Matty has also shared the secret of avoiding a soggy bottom – the term used when a pastry dish is not cooked fully underneath.

Crowds enjoy the music at the Spring into Spalding event
Crowds enjoy the music at the Spring into Spalding event

He said: “Blind bake. Once it has finished baking, get a very hot baking tray.

“Put it back onto that and it ensures colour on the bottom.”

The Spring Into Spalding event will also give the opportunity to visit the outdoor market along with live performances on the stage set-up in the town centre.

Sleeping Beauty will be a star guest at the Spring into Spalding event
Sleeping Beauty will be a star guest at the Spring into Spalding event

There will be a chance to meet Sleeping Beauty and have a photograph taken with Peter Rabbit or a giant daffodil stilt walker.

There will also be an Easter Bonnet competition plus super cute bunnies to look out for in the Bunny Hunt trail around the town shops.

Other attractions include a vintage swing boat ride, springtime craft corner along with planting a flower or making a mini beat hotel at the Nature Lab.

The Comedy Maypole Workshop will also be held on the day along with a giant blossom globe and a free spring themed face creation.

Additionally, Broad Street Methodist Church will also be open from 10.30am until 2.30pm on the day with free craft activities and refreshments.

To enter the competition bakers can bring their cakes to the South Holland Centre at 10am for setting up and judging will be at 11am.

The cakes will be sold to raise money for the Chairman’s Charities. For more information contact samantha.bradley@sholland.gov.uk

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