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RISING STAR AIMS TO MAKE IT BAKING HOT.

Byline: Mary Griffin ENVIRONMENT REPORTER

BIRMINGHAM'S Great British Bake Off hopeful is hoping to follow in the footsteps of choir master Gareth Malone - only with puddings.

Brendan Lynch, 63, who has made it through the first half of the reality show, will be raffling off a spectacular home made Sicilian Mimosa Cake tomorrow at Erdington's Court Lane Allotments.

The event will raise funds for the running of the allotments and organisers hope the chance to win Brendan's creation - and to get some tips from the man himself - will give the event an extra boost.

Brendan, of Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, was this week nominated as the show's star baker, making him the only contestant in this series to be star baker twice.

He said: "Of course, that feels excellent!

"To hear that endorsement is a great feeling, and you know you've really achieved something."

The show is filmed in advance but Brendan can't reveal the results before the episodes are aired so viewers will have to continue watching for the next three weeks.

Brendan came to Birmingham from his native Dublin nearly 30 years ago.

He signed up for the show after encouragement from friends and neighbours who loved his cakes.

Brendan now wants to follow in the footsteps of Gareth Malone, the reality TV choir master who encourages people to sing together.

He said: "I'm so impressed by him. I reckon if he can do that with singing I can do it with baking.

"I want to take baking into retirement homes around the Midlands to bring some stimulus and to remind people that they've still got a purpose."

Brendan's homemade Sicilian Mimosa Cake will be made up of three layers of limoncellodrizzled sponge, filled with fresh cream, covered with cream cheese buttercream, coated with small sponge cubes dusted with icing sugar, and topped with chocolate and a crystallised violet.

It will be raffled at tomorrow's fair, funning from 11am to 3pm at the allotments of Court Lane, Erdington.

Brendan can be seen in the next episode of The Great British Bake Off on Tuesday at 8pm on BBC2.

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