TWO Dunfermline bakers have taken the cake at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards.

Stephens Bakery and Cukie Patisserie both bagged themselves regional awards at the prestigious ceremony in Glasgow on Friday, May 8.

“Each year our judges look for the best scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits, as well as French and Danish style pastries and Free-from bread, biscuits and cakes,” said Scottish Bakers President Ian McGhee.

“And the competition was once again close run. It was great to see the best iconic Scottish bakes entered alongside some fantastic new innovation on show, a real celebration of our fantastic sector.”

Cukie Patisserie won the Best in the Region Gold Award for their Farmer Loaf in the Bread (Sourdough) category while Stephens bagged two Regional Silver Awards for their Chocolate Orange Cupcake in the Individual Cake category and their Cherry Scone in the Scone category.

The competition is organised by Scottish Bakers, which supports and protects the interests of Scotland's bakery trade.

It was once again hotly contested with bakers each asked to put forward up to 12 of their star products to be taste tested by 50 industry experts.

Baynes the Bakers from Lochore, who have stores throughout the region, took home a Best in Region Gold Award and a National Silver Award for their Macaroni Pies in the Savory category.

Ian continued: “Each and every winner should be justifiably proud, and we hope that for every well deserved prize there is a corresponding business boost. Well done again to you all.”

Scottish Baker of the Year ambassador and star baker, Mich Turner MBE, added: “With 630 products from 70 bakers in the running, each and every one of which was assessed for appearance, the quality of the bake and taste they can be rightly proud of their win."

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