Bakers put new skills to the test.
Year nine students from Church High, in Jesmond, spent time this term learning how to bake the cakes, before taking part in creative decorating classes where they were shown how to transform their cakes with marzipan and icing.
The girls were then set a challenge to design their own Christmas cake, based around either a traditional or novelty theme.
Head of home economics at Church High, Linda Kitto, said: "The girls have had lots of fun baking and designing their cakes in time for the competition judging, I'm so proud of each and every one of them - they have put so much effort and enthusiasm into the competition.
"It never ceases to amaze me the range of designs that the girls come up with - we have seen everything from a design recreating the Church High school building to novelty penguin designs."
Hilary French, Central High headmistress who was part of the judging panel, said: "They are real works of art and I wouldn't be surprised if many of the girls are reluctant to cut into them." Macie Ghahari, from Newcastle, was the winner of the exceptional overall award based on her replica of Church High School including a miniature Church High sign.
Winners, from left, Georgia > Tribe, Ashley Alden, Samantha Lithgow and Eleanor Pearson