Our friends at Bloomers of Bakewell bakers of the famous Original Bakewell Pudding unique to Bakewell are back at the festival with their ever popular Cup Cake and Gingerbread Decorating marquee and It's all free!
It's great fun for all the family and if you 'like' and upload a picture of your master pieces to our Facebook page, there's a prize for the best decorated.
We've also got some super prizes for the best looking decorations.
Just email us a picture of your masterpiece and the best 3 all get a super prize!
About the Pudding and Tart
The Bakewell pudding, unique to Bakewell is an English dessert consisting of a flaky pastry base with a layer of sieved jam, topped with an egg and almond paste filling.
The Bakewell Tart is Englands best known confection and consists of a shortcrust pastry with a layer of jam and a sponge using ground almonds.
The origins of the pudding are not clear; however, the generally accepted story is that it was first made by accident in 1820 (other sources claim the 1860s) by Mrs Greaves, who was the landlady of the White Horse Inn (now called the Rutland Arms Hotel).
She supposedly left instructions for her cook to make a jam tart. The cook, instead of stirring the eggs and almond paste mixture into the pastry, spread it on top of the jam. When cooked, the egg and almond paste set similar to an egg custard, in texture, and the result was successful enough for it to become a popular dish at the Inn.
These dates are unlikely to be accurate as the White Horse Inn was demolished no later than 1804 to make way for the development of Rutland Square and subsequently the Rutland Arms Hotel. Additionally, Eliza Acton provides a recipe for 'Bakewell pudding' in her book Modern Cookery for Private Families which was published in 1845, making the pudding's creation date of 1860 impossible.
Modern versions of Bakewell tarts are different, both in appearance, flavour and texture to Bakewell puddings. They are generally made by larger commercial bakeries, often with icing on top.
The debate about who has the original recipe is a many splendoured thing and to this day 2 shops in the town, Bloomers of Bakewell and The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop both offer what they each claim is the original recipe.