Sweet success as Tulla student whisks top spot in All-Ireland bake-off

All-Ireland Bake-Off winner Aoife Kelly, St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla, with judges Imelda McCarron (left) and Catherine Leyden (right).

A TALENTED East Clare pupil has tasted success at the CEIST All-Ireland Bake-Off to be named Ireland’s best student baker.

Aoife Kelly, from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla, was chosen as the winner of the senior category in the highly-regarded national competition for her “intricate” family tree cake.

Speaking to The Clare People, Aoife expressed her delight with the prestigious recognition, following an early start to partake in the final, which took place in Athy in Kildare.

“We left here around six o’clock in the morning and went up to the bake-off,” she explained. “It started at nine and we were baking for three hours. The judges went in when we were finished and judged all our cakes. We were sent for lunch and treated like royalty in Ardscoil na Trionóide and then there was an award ceremony in the school hall,” said the proud Tulla student.

“It was a total shock,” Aoife added.

The competition received hundreds of entrants before the Tulla baker joined forces with six other students in the senior final, an achievement that Aoife said received significant backing from all the staff at St Joseph’s.

“I’d like to thank Ms Walsh, and Ms Barry – she was my teacher from first to third year. They were all so supportive and helpful,” she said.

Students in the senior category were required to design, bake and decorate a cake around the theme of ‘family’ as judges Catherine Leyden, Odlums ambassador, and ‘Great British Bake-Off contestant Imelda Rose McCarron, remarked on Aoife’s cake, which was topped off with “delicious” green and pink icing.

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