THERE was stirring, whisking and icing as a Wantage care home baked up a storm.

Staff and residents at Wantage Nursing Home took inspiration from The Great British Bake Off to hold their own new year cake competition this week.

Residents competed for the title of Star Baker, baking and decorating cupcakes to be judged on taste and appearance by staff.

Resident Heather Cottrell, 83, kicked off the competition, demonstrating how to whisk and prep the mixture, saying: “Right, come on let’s get these cakes done!”

Unable to narrow down the entries to just one winner, judges gave Mrs Cottrell the prize for the best whisking, while 85-year-old Simon Eugene and 95-year-old Joy Towrie were joint winners for the best-decorated cakes.

Activities assistant Wendy Pill said: “Residents really gave Mary Berry a run for her money! “It was a lovely morning and our residents couldn’t wait to eat their scrumptious cupcakes.”