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​Exmoor cake decorators wowed everyone with stunning cake creations in the Star Baker competition, held to celebrate Exmoor Dark Skies Festival.

There were more than 35 showstopper entries with a stargazing and astronomy or a night wildlife theme – the judges had a hard time choosing the winners as the standard and creativity was so high.

Entries included bat cakes, an observatory, cakes featuring foxes, hedgehogs, owls, the galaxy, the moon, beavers, the aurora, a star gazey pie cake and the planets.

There were entries from every age group with children as young as four years old taking part in the event held at Porlock Village Hall on Saturday October 20th.

The event was organised jointly by Porlock Visitor Centre and Exmoor National Park Authority, with expert judging by Nikki Seymour from Bake Me Crazy, Fiona Plumstead from Porlock Ladies, John Halls from D J Miles tea and Max Lawrence from Visit Exmoor.

The winners were awarded an engraved wooden spoon kindly donated by local producer Burnt Chips and a £10 Argos voucher.  Guest speakers also hosted interesting talks on night wildlife, Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve and what to look for in the October night skies.

Deborah Stanyon, Visitor Centre Manager said: “We were thrilled by the originality of every entry and we were especially pleased to see so many children embracing this new event.

“Star Baker was a year in the planning and we look forward to being just as creative to celebrate Exmoor Dark Skies in 2024. I am very grateful to Porlock Ladies for providing the refreshments and to the guest speakers for providing such interesting talks.”