Creative bakes and wondrous stories invited to celebrate International Cake Day

Cumbrian children with creative imaginations are invited to get involved with International Cake Day – with a twist.

Multicultural Cumbria is inviting school pupils across Cumbria  to not only draw and design their own cake in celebration of the day, but to also write an accompanying short story about their cake and the international theme behind their design.

The story can be fact or fiction, but it is hoped the combination of cake and story will help encourage youngsters to learn about other countries, their history and heritage and the foods grown there.

The winning entries will be judged by none other than Cumbria’s own Great British Bake Off star Abbi Lawson, from Tebay.

Multicultural Cumbria recognises that more than 80 international heritages live and work in Cumbria, and is focused on sharing the similarities and celebrating the differences between cultures through international dance, music, food, art and lots more.

Multicultural Cumbria’s founder Saj Ghafoor OBE said: “Everyone loves cake, and our competition for International Cake Day is a fantastic opportunity to combine imaginations with learning more about other cultures, to create designs and stories we can all indulge in.”

Cakes could be green with kiwi slices as a surprise filling, accompanied by a story about the Kiwi bird being confused with the hairy fruit.

There are three age categories to enter: Key Stage One for reception to Year 2 pupils; Key Stage Two for Years 3 to 5; and Key Stage 3 for Year 7 to Year 9 students. There will be a winner in each age group.

Entries should be submitted through Google forms by November 22, before the winners are announced at the first ever Culture Bazaar West, a free multicultural event taking place at Workington Academy on Sunday November 26 – International Cake Day.

International Cake Day has been celebrated since the late 1800s and is an opportunity for people around the world to come together and enjoy cake.

For more information on the cake and writing competition and to enter, visit