ONCE again, we are joining forces with Oakdale coffee shop Ty Coffee to find the best cake baker and decorator out there.

And this year the prize money has been increased to try to attract even more entries for what is to become an annual event.

Ty Coffee owner Alex Jones said: “We had such great entries last year we decided to run the competition again.”

The winner will receive £150 and there will be a category for any younger cake-makers up to the age of 16 who can enter, for the chance to win a £25 prize. This year, the theme for the Ty Coffee Cake Competition is Star Wars.

As Ty Coffee owner Mrs Alex Jones explained: “We picked on the date May 4 for judging so it seemed natural that the competition had to have a Star Wars theme. May the fourth be with you.”

The cakes will be judged not just on their taste, but also on the quality and execution of their decoration, as well as the interpretation of the theme.

The judging panel will be made up of a chef, rising singing star Mark Llewellyn Evans and managing editor of the Campaign, Nicole Garnon.

An entry fee of £5 for adults and £1 for children will be charged. Entry costs £5 for adults and £1 for children.

A donation will be made to the South Wales Argus and Campaign-backed Jack’s Appeal to raise money to equip every secondary school in Gwent and the Rhymney Valley with a defibrillator.

Jack, 15, from Oakdale, died suddenly in February 2012 from an underlying heart condition and the South Wales Argus and Campaign have since teamed up with his parents Grant and June Thomas to make the potentially life-saving heart machines widely available.

Anyone wanting To enter, is asked to should contact Ty Coffee on 01495 225086 or via email tycoffeeltd@gmail.com

Closing date for entries is April 25.

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