Big City Bake Off raises $3,123 for Rough Edges café

February 15, 2018

In its annual cupcake bake-off competition, St Andrew’s Cathedral School has raised $3,123 for Rough Edges, a café for marginalised people in Kings Cross.

In its fifth year, the Big City Bake Off competition saw students create and decorate hundreds of cupcakes for the house competition. Each of the eight houses had a theme and the overall displays were judged by a panel to decide the winning house.

The competition – where 60 per cent of points are gained on the display, and 40 per cent of points are awarded based on money raised – ended in a tie between St Paul’s House and Canterbury House. Canterbury raised the most money (over $450), and St Paul’s was awarded best display.

St Paul’s won with their theme ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The winners combined an amazing tower of playing cards full of cupcakes with mystical patterns of hearts and cards.

House captain Luisa Bartsch said she was thrilled with the result.

“I’m so excited. So much effort was put into the table, designing everything and making the cupcakes. I’m so happy how everything turned out,” she said. “My favourite cupcake was the one with a Queen of Hearts cupcake, with a crown wrapper and a little heart sticking out of the top of it.”

Skye Molyneux, a graphic designer who acted as one of the judges, said the best displays had a solid mix of different senses, especially audio-visual displays and scents.

“There’s always a really high standard and it’s really hard to judge! In between six and 10 points, everything was so close, so that they ended up having to give half marks,” she said. “I also liked the fact that they broke out of the Cathedral this year [into Sydney Square and St Andrew’s House reception] – it worked really nicely for York because they got a bit of sunlight onto their display.”

The goal of the competition, though, was clear. The Rough Edges café in Kings Cross — a ministry of St John’s Anglican Church, Darlinghurst — supports marginalised people in the community to give them a sense of belonging and access to support.

St John’s Community Services Team Leader, Ryan Naoum, who is in charge of the café, said he was thankful for St Andrew’s’ support in the Bake Off, which this year marks 10 years of partnership.

“I think that people, like the students at St Andrew’s, are really the ones that are going to make a difference one day,” he said. “They’re the next generation, the next people that are going to lead the country, and they’re going to be the ones that we need to make good decisions about this [homelessness]. It’s not a decision that’s going to be solved by chucking money at it, or if we don’t think about it. But it is a problem that can be solved eventually if we start making the right actions.

“St Andrew’s is another Christian organisation that prays for us and helps us in every way they can. And that’s what we Christians really need to do, band together. We’re all on the same team!

“The reason we’re there at all is because a group of Christians asked, ‘Who is our neighbour?’ and realised that our neighbours extend to people that society would say aren’t as important as everyone else.”

– Anthony Segaert