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Great Pall-Ex Bake Off raises a showstopping sum for Macmillan

Pall-Ex staff swapped wheels for whisks when the logistics firm hosted its own Great British Bake Off competition to raise money for Macmillan.

The Ellistown-based company raised an impressive £124 for the cancer charity’s coffee morning appeal thanks to a contest judged by former Great British Bake Off: The Professionals contestant, Marta Child, and Pall-Ex’s resident foodie, Hub Coordinator, Toby Iliffe.

Staff battled it out to be named Star Baker by the pair, who had a tough job taste testing 10 creations to decide the winning entry.

Pall-Ex’s operations support advisor, Amy Marsden’s inspiring showstopper – a salted caramel, Prosecco cake – was crowned the winner, earning her a dinner party cooked in her own home by Masterchef contestant, Holly Bilous-Jones, and a John Lewis voucher worth £100.

The winning recipe will also be hosted on Pall-Ex’s website for others to use.

Abby Langley, Pall-Ex’s marketing manager, who created a mystical pink sweet shop cake, scooped the runner up prize of a £50 John Lewis voucher.

Toby comments: “It was a difficult task determining the soggy bottoms from the showstoppers, but Amy’s effort excelled in every area. It’s been a great experience getting everyone at Pall-Ex involved and to see so many entries for the competition. We are delighted to have raised such a significant sum for Macmillan.”

Professional baker Marta, who owns Bom Bom Patisserie in Loughborough, comments:

“The judging was really tough, but in the end, we were looking for a cake with real wow-factor; an impressive mix of decoration and taste, as well as originality, is what helped Amy to take the coveted title of Star Baker.”

Amy comments: “The idea of raising money for Macmillan is something I will always fully support. Baking and cooking is a skill I’ve learnt from my mum, which I thoroughly enjoy doing, and I’m still completely shocked to be chosen as the winner!”

Decide for yourself if Amy’s entry is a showstopper by testing out the recipe for yourself here.

The company chose a Great British Bake Off-style event to raise money for charity due to the logistics industry playing a key role in keeping Britain’s bakery sector baking.

Pall-Ex network member Mars-Jones Ltd, which is based in North Wales, has been one of Tate & Lyle’s storage and distribution partners for many years. Tate & Lyle is a global provider of food solutions, which enable food and beverage manufacturers to increase or maintain stability, reduce sugar, fat and calories, and add nutrition to their products. The ingredient blends produced at its facility in Mold, Flintshire, are transported by Mars Jones to Tate & Lyle’s customers across the UK and stored for distribution throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Marta competed for Bom Bom Patisserie in this year's Bake Off: The Professionals. Visit for more details.