Your chance to get Christmas started by winning a cake

Heather keen, from keenforcakes, in Brampton, with competition prize cake

Heather keen, from keenforcakes, in Brampton, with competition prize cake - Credit: Archant

If you haven’t already started making your Christmas cake, then don’t worry as The Hunts Post has teamed up with a new Brampton company to offer three lucky readers a treat.

Heather Keen, 39, pictured, started Keen for Cakes in March after being made redundant from a building company.

“I had taken evening classes in baking and cake decoration and I found I was quite good at it, so I decided to give it a go as a business,” she said.

The company specialises in wedding and celebration cakes, all designed by Mrs Keen based on her customers’ wishes. She can also create ‘Me to You-styled bears’ and other teddy bear cakes.

Mrs Keen said: “This job allows me to be creative.

“A customer will tell me what type of cake they want and I will go away and research it before making the cake.

“Delivering wedding cakes on the day is one of the best feelings as you get to complete the couple’s special day. Next year I hope to be making a wedding cake a week.”

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The Christmas cake originates from a plum porridge which would traditionally be eaten around Easter. It evolved into the Twelth Night Cake when seasonal dried fruit and spices, representative of spices taken by the Three Wise Men, were added and was eaten on the Epiphany.

The cake, which is normally made in November, became more associated with Christmas during the 1830s when Christmas rose in popularity.

Mrs Keen has baked three Christmas cakes especially for The Hunts Post.

To be in with a chance of winning just tell us when Christmas cakes are normally made.

Send your entries, with your name, telephone number and address on a postcard or sealed envelope to Christmas Competition, The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB, before the closing date of November 22.