With the absence of an Easter term in Cambridge, the Students' Union have put together a creative calendar of virtual welfare initiatives to support their fellow students, including the most recent virtual 'Great Sidney Bake Off'.

Sidney's JCR Officers organised the virtual bake off and students received the brief that the bake should be Sidney related. A few common themes emerged including porcupines (College mascot), Oliver Cromwell (famous alumni), the Sidney crest and the Sidney grounds and gardens.

Andrew Smyth (Sidney alumni and Great British Bake Off finalist in 2016) judged the competition which had 32 entries and many more spectators. Seven prizes were awarded and categories included 'Star baker [akin to the award in Great British Bake Off] for best overall bake' and 'Best Cromwell themed cake'. 

The 'Star bake' was a chocolate and vanilla marble layered with a chocolate fudge buttercream, finished off with some decorative icing inspired by the Sidney gardens! Andrew added the following comments for the bake, "Very neat, impressive attention to detail and a delicious sounding interior. Fully edible too! Hold your head high, a mighty bake indeed."

Take a look at the image gallery below to see the list of categories and the winning bakes!

The (virtual) event was a big success with Andrew commenting on all of the commendable baking skills shown by so many Sidney students, and the entries and comments were shared and enjoyed across Sidney's student community.

Other virtual welfare events put on by the Students' Union include film nights and pub quizzes. 

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