Residents at Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding marked Valentine’s Day with a Tea Party and a ‘Baked with Love’ cake competition. Residents have been talking about their favourite cakes and recipes and submitting their ideas into the competition. Family and friends got involved through the home’s Facebook page which received many comments and suggestions. The top three cakes were chosen by the Country Court Catering Team and baked in all thirty-three care homes across the group for Valentine’s Day, where residents were able to sample the three cakes and vote for their favourite during their Tea Parties.
The three cakes chosen for the ‘Baked with Love’ competition were a Chocolate Cherry cake suggested by residents at Somerset House Nursing Home, a traditional Lemon Drizzle cake from The Grange Care Home, also a firm favourite with people commenting on Facebook. The third cake was a Mars Bar cake suggested by residents at Eccleshare Court Care Home in Lincoln. This cake was a no-bake cake which residents were able to help to make in their homes.
At Fenchurch House residents prepared for their party by making Valentine’s chocolate chip cookies to dip in hot chocolate and decorating their home. At lunchtime they enjoyed a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu with Sirloin steak and a Red Velvet dessert with Strawberry compote. In the afternoon they enjoyed afternoon tea and cake and voted for their favourite cake.
“We wanted to choose three very different cakes for people to try.” Explained Senior Catering Operations Support Manager Ian Powell. “We had over one-hundred and fifty cake suggestions and recipes sent in from residents, families and friends all over the country. We did a test bake of each cake to ensure the recipe worked well before sending them off to all our Chefs to bake for their parties.”
“Discussing our favourite cakes was a great conversation starter.” Commented Suria Webb, Home Manager at Fenchurch House. “We discovered everyone loves to talk about cake! We spent time asking each of our residents about their favourite cakes, it was a great way to get to know people who have recently come to live with us. We had fun chatting about our childhood memories of baking and deciding which cakes we’d like to have at our party”.