The search is on to find Leyland’s answer to the Chorley cake, Chelsea bun and Bakewell tart.
A competition is being launched to find a new cake worthy of bearing Leyland’s name – and all budding bakers are being invited to rise to the challenge.
The contest will take place during the Leyland Festival, when a panel of judges will be testing their taste buds in the mouth-watering search for the Leyland Cake.
The winning entrant will not only bask in the glory but also see their recipe produced commercially by local firm Glover’s Bakery, which is sponsoring the competition.
They will be selling the newly-crowned Leyland Cake at their shops locally and it will also be available from a number of retail outlets in the town.
Tony Bain, general manager of Glover’s, said: “We’re looking for a cake that’s been inspired by Leyland and which features some originality and local relevance.
“It can be a cake, a biscuit or a sweet pastry, but it must have some links to Leyland.
“Our founder Alf Glover started the bakery business in Leyland 30 years ago, and we’re very proud of our links with the town, so we jumped at the chance to get involved in the competition to find a Leyland Cake.”
Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, added: “It’s about time Leyland had a cake to call its own, and whoever comes up with the winning recipe will put the town on the culinary map.”
Anyone who thinks they have a cake recipe worthy of being labelled as Leyland’s own can take part in the competition, which is being officially launched on May 29, when a bakery expert from Glover’s will be giving a master class to Year 10 students at Balshaws CE High School on Church Lane.
To enter the competition, you need to make some samples of your cake for the judges to taste, and bring along details of your recipe and cooking method, plus an explanation of what inspired you to name it after Leyland.
There are two competition categories – one for adults aged 17 and over and another for juniors aged up to 16 – and the Leyland Cake will be chosen from one of the two winning recipes.
Judging will take place on July 7, at Worden Park, as part of a grand Leyland Bake-off competition being held over festival weekend.
The festival is also running a fun baking competition to find the best sponge cake, which will be held on July 8.
The Fun Bake contest also has two age categories, for adults over 17 and children up to 16.
The successful adult entrant will win a prize of afternoon tea for four at Samlesbury Hall, while the youth winner will receive vouchers from Frankie and Benny’s restaurant.
Full details and entry forms can be found by visiting www.visitleyland.co.uk and clicking on the Leyland Festival information, or by emailing email@example.com.