If you have questions, don’t worry! We’re telling you everything you could possibly need to know about getting involved with Cake Fest Middlesbrough, from how to choose which cake you’re going to bake, to how big it should be. All the answers are here!

Getting involved

Is there a charge to take part?

There’s no charge to take part, however you’ll need to buy all your own ingredients, so if you’re making a larger cake, we’d encourage you to build it around a hollow centre to keep your costs down.

Can I join forces with other people to make a team cake?

This is positively encouraged! Cake Fest Middlesbrough is all about getting together with friends, family, colleagues, and communities to bake.

How do I reserve a cake?

Choosing a cake

You can find all the available cakes on our homepage. Any which have already been chosen will have ‘Reserved’ across them. When you find the one you want, click ‘Add to cart’.

Checking out

You’ll see a basket icon on the right hand side of your screen. Click on it to be taken into your cart. If you’re happy with the cake you’ve chosen, click ‘Proceed to checkout’.

Please tell us your first name, last name, postcode, phone number, and email address. Please also tell us why you’re choosing that landmark, and if you’ll be baking with anyone else.

If you’re wondering what we do with your personal data and how we store it, please check out our privacy policy.

After your reservation

Once you’ve confirmed your order, you’ll get an email receipt to remind you of the cake you’ve chosen, and the details you gave us. Someone from Cake Fest Middlesbrough will also get in touch with you to discuss your cake-making plans.

Making your cake

How accurate does my cake need to be?

Your cake is your creation, so you can make an exact replica or an artistic impression, it’s up to you.

The one thing we do ask is that you put your cake on a sturdy board so it can be moved safely and without damaging your creation – please don’t use flimsy cardboard or similar.

How big should my cake be?

We’re leaving it up to you, so you can get creative and decide how big you want your cake to be and how true the proportions are to the original.

We do ask that cakes are no smaller than 25cm in length and no bigger than 100cm in any direction (including the board). Please ensure your cakes bear some relation to the size of the original building, place, or structure (i.e. cakes representing relatively small things like the Bottle of Notes should be on the small side, and cakes representing big things like the Riverside Stadium should be on the large side).

We’ll be back in touch to ask you nearer the time what the dimensions of your cake will be (it will give you a bit of time to think about it and practice if necessary!). We’ll then mark each location on the map so we know we have enough space.

Can I use non-edible elements in my cake?

Yes – you’ll probably need to keep the cost down (and the cake up!), especially if you’re making a larger cake.

Hopefully you’ll stay to serve your cake to the adoring crowds so you’ll have the opportunity to remove any non-edible elements beforehand. Otherwise, please let us know what can and can’t be eaten when you drop your cake off.

Is it a competition?

We anticipate a range of bakers and cakes from beginners to experienced amateurs and professionals – everyone is welcome! However, those who have baked will vote on the day to choose their favourite cake, which will receive a special award.

Can you suggest recipes, equipment, and sources of advice?

Yes! We love cake, and once you sign up to create a cake you’ll get a welcome email from us with hints, tips, and links to videos explaining how to make buildings from cake. If there’s anything else, just ask!

On the day

When do I bring my cake?

Cake Fest takes place in Middlesbrough on Sunday 1 July – you’ll be asked to bring your cake along on the day, and detailed information about how and when to arrive will be provided closer to the time.