The Great Waikato Museum Bake Off!

On Thursday 5 September 2013, the second annual Great Waikato Museum Bake Off was held! Our talented staff whipped up a range of delectable treats as they vied for the title of Waikato Museum Hottest Home Baker Grand Champion and the coveted trophy.
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A Canadian themed treat: Banana and maple muffins with homemade candied bacon by Social Media Coordinator Kelly.

A Canadian themed treat: Banana and maple muffins with homemade candied bacon by Social Media Coordinator Kelly.

Third equal: mouth-watering chocolate cake pops by Visitor Services Manager Steve.

Third equal: mouth-watering chocolate cake pops by Visitor Services Manager Steve.

Well deserved winners!

Well deserved winners!

Our two brilliant bakers, Alyson (left) and Jamieson (right) tussle it out for the trophy.

Our two brilliant bakers, Alyson (left) and Jamieson (right) tussle it out for the trophy.

With so much deliciousness on offer, it was hard to know where to start.

With so much deliciousness on offer, it was hard to know where to start.

Sweet treats - not a bad way to start a Thursday morning!

Sweet treats - not a bad way to start a Thursday morning!

A public voting system was used for this year's Bake Off - everyone sampled the delicious treats at a shared morning tea then placed their votes.

A public voting system was used for this year's Bake Off - everyone sampled the delicious treats at a shared morning tea then placed their votes.

A unique and deliciously deserving tie for first place was this "pizza" featuring a peanut butter cookie base, cream cheese icing and jam "sauce," fruit "pepperoni and ham" and white chocolate "cheese." This creation was put together by Visitor Host Alyson.

A unique and deliciously deserving tie for first place was this "pizza" featuring a peanut butter cookie base, cream cheese icing and jam "sauce," fruit "pepperoni and ham" and white chocolate "cheese." This creation was put together by Visitor Host Alyson.

Sneaky! Security and Facilities Coodinator Abel bought these (admittedly very tasty) custard pies and entered them in the Bake Off!

Security and Facilities Coodinator Abel bought these (admittedly very tasty) custard pies and entered them in the Bake Off!

First equal: a beauitfully presented and equally delicious nashi pear and date cake with caramelised coconut topping by Visitor Host Jamieson.

First equal: a beauitfully presented and equally delicious nashi pear and date cake with caramelised coconut topping by Visitor Host Jamieson.

Part of a three way tie for third was this glorious raspberry and white chocolate sponge by Collections and Exhibitions Manager Stephen.

Part of a three way tie for third was this glorious raspberry and white chocolate sponge by Collections and Exhibitions Manager Stephen.

Third equal: Simply scrumptious Gooey Lemon Slice by Curator Salina.

Third equal: Simply scrumptious Gooey Lemon Slice by Curator Salina.

Always a favourite: Delicious scones with jam and yoghurt made by Jennifer, our Education Manager.

Always a favourite: Delicious scones with jam and yoghurt made by Jennifer, our Education Manager.

The coveted Waikato Museum Hottest Home Baker Grand Champion Trophy.

The coveted Waikato Museum Hottest Home Baker Grand Champion Trophy.

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