Some of the colourful (and no doubt tasty) creations by Tammy Ogden of Sparwood. (Contributed by Tammy Ogden)

Some of the colourful (and no doubt tasty) creations by Tammy Ogden of Sparwood. (Contributed by Tammy Ogden)

Sparwood baker in the running to be the greatest

Tammy Ogden bakes and decorates cakes for local children through the food bank

Sparwood’s own Tammy Ogden – aka The Tipsy Baker – is in the running to be recognised as one of the world’s greatest bakers in an online competition.

Ogden has an eye for cake decoration, and said that she first picked up a passion for cake decorating after she spent almost an entire night decorating a cake for her sons first birthday.

“When he woke up I was so excited to show him the cake. When he saw the cake his eyes lit up and a huge smile spread across his face, I knew I was hooked and I had to bring joy to others.”

While she’s formally retired from baking, since the pandemic began Ogden began working with the local food bank to provide cakes for children’s birthdays.

“During the pandemic baking has allowed me to turn off what’s happening in the world and focus on bringing a little bit of happiness to people during challenging times. Times that for some, have been more difficult than for others.”

Ogden said she’d entered into the ‘Greatest Baker’ online competition in order to help support her work through the local food bank. The winner of the competition gets featured in the ‘Bake from Scratch’ magazine and $20,000, which Ogden said she’d use to expand the food bank program to other communities in the Elk Valley.

“It would mean the world to me if I won. Not only will the winner win a cash prize, their work will also be featured in a double page feature of Bake from Scratch magazine. I would also have the bragging rights to call myself the Greatest Baker!”

Currently, Ogden has managed to make it through to round three of seven rounds. She’s currently placed second in her group. To support Tammy Ogden in her goal to become the greatest baker, vote at Voting in the current round ends at 7pm on Thursday June 3, so get in quick!

You can find Ogden’s work on her instagram at @thetipsybaker75, or on Facebook as ‘The Tipsy Baker.’

For the record, Ogden’s favourite type of cake to bake is the appealingly named ‘chocolate explosion.’

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