During July, keen bakers were asked to post their creations on the charity’s social media sites. In response, the charity received over 200 delicious entries from cat-lovers all keen to share their colourful and mouth-watering bakes.
Cats Protection picked a shortlist each week, with celebrity baker Kim-Joy picking out the Garfield watercolour smudge creation as the overall winner.
Kim-Joy, who has two cats called Inki and Mochi said: “All of the cakes looked great and it was really hard to pick just one winner but I chose the Garfield Cake because it had that element of fun and creativity while also showing multiple skills – the buttercream covering on the cake, the ganache drip and the fondant figure making.”
The cake was designed by Marta Buscanan, 23, from London who said: “I am absolutely delighted as baking and cake designing is what I want to focus my career on. I am also an animal lover and my heart melts every time I see a cat!
“The cake design was actually inspired by one of Kim-Joy’s from her Baking with Kim-Joy book, so being chosen as her winner is extra special. Kim-Joy is such an inspiring baker with an incredible style that I admire very much.”
The competition also raised almost £3,500 to help Cats Protection find homes for thousands of unwanted cats in its care.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent in their bakes for our competition, while the funds raised will help us guarantee brighter futures for many needy cats, said Zoe Thompson, of Cats Protection’s Events Team.
“If you’ve been inspired by this competition, then why not hold your very own Pawsome Afternoon Tea at home, as a quick guide and resources are available from Cats Protection to help you host a socially-distanced event.” To take part, please register at www.pawsometea.org
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, helping around 200,000 cats each year through a national network of around 230 volunteer-run branches and 37 centres.
Notes to editors
1. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
2. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity.
3. More information about the work of the charity can be found at www.cats.org.uk