Valegro takes the cake in horse charity’s Bake Off recipe book

Michelle Knott's winning carrot cake from the Burghley Bake Off features British dressage horses Valegro and Nip Tuck. 
Michelle Knott’s winning carrot cake.

The winning carrot cake from the Bake Off at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials rubs toppings with Joanna Lumley’s favourite lemon and earl grey cake in a new baking book.

International animal welfare charity the Brooke has this week launched ‘The Brooke Burghley Baking Book’, full of recipes and genius baking tips from its supporters.

Home bakers can try to recreate Bake Off’s Iain Watters’ infamous Baked Alaska, and famous contributors include Rick Stein with his sinfully delicious sunken chocolate cake (not a fish in sight), and Jo Brand, who shares her favourite sticky date cake. There are also top tips from Gino D’Acampo on how to avoid a soggy meringue, and one unexpected piece of advice from Brooke Ambassador, journalist and newscaster, Alastair Stewart (hint: it involves ice and ovens).

The book also includes the winning carrot cake recipes from the Brooke’s Burghley Bake Off, which took place at Burghley on September 3. Great British Bake Off 2015 star Ugne Bubnaityte judged the competition and awarded the top prize to Michelle Knott from Melton Mowbray for her Olympic Equestrian-inspired cake.

The winning cake features tiny models of two of Britain’s Olympic medal winning dressage horses, Valegro and Nip Tuck.

Ugne Bubnaityte testing the cakes at the Burghley Bake off, and pictured with winner Michelle Knott. © Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
Ugne Bubnaityte testing the cakes at the Burghley Bake off, and pictured with winner Michelle Knott. © Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

“I’m really surprised that I won, and I didn’t even think I’d be in the final. I’m so happy to have been chosen as the winner,” Knott said.

Ugne Bubnaityte, who is soon to release a book on modern free-from and protein baking, was proud to support Brooke’s campaign.

baking-bookcover“As well as baking, I also love horses and being involved in the Burghley Bake Off and this book has brought both my passions together,” she said.

“Horses in the UK have so much, and the animals Brooke helps have so little. Brooke helps horses, donkeys and mules who need it the most.”

The online recipe book is available to download from for a £3 donation, with all proceeds going to support Brooke, which works to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Brooke Chief Executive Petra Ingram, said the book of treats is a fantastic and delicious way to help the charity improve the welfare of horses and donkeys working in some of the world’s toughest conditions.


“It also helps the communities that rely on these animals to earn a living and put food on the table,” she said. 

Working donkeys in Kenya. © Brooke / Freya Dowson
Working donkeys in Kenya. © Brooke / Freya Dowson

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