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Mum’s sweet treat through to final of TV competition

Carol Harris, from Farington, who is in the final of a competition on the Lorraine programme on ITV baking a cake

Carol Harris, from Farington, who is in the final of a competition on the Lorraine programme on ITV baking a cake

Whipping up a sweet treat is something Carol Harris is so good at, she has made it through to the final of a TV competition.

Carol and her baked delight – a pineapple cake with ginger and caramel topping – is one of three finalists in a Taste Off contest on ITV1’s Lorraine show.

The 50-year-old mum of one from Farington, Leyland, entered the competition after making it to the final of a similar contest a couple of years ago.

She said: “I started making it last year. If I’ve got any spare time I’m always playing around and trying to come up with new and original recipes.”

Carol’s delicious desert is called Nyam ‘n’ Guweah, a Jamaican saying meaning ‘Eat and Go’.

“I called it that because whenever I make it my daughter and her friends come running in to grab it,” she said.

Carol, who lives with daughter Ruby, 10, was initially one of eight people to be shortlisted for the semi finals in Manchester, before making it down to the final three.

She appeared on Lorraine earlier this week and she will find out live on the programme next Tuesday whether or not she is the winner.

The prize would see her cake go on sale in Waitrose.

She said: “The standards of the cakes was so high, I just looked and thought I didn’t stand a chance, they were all so colourful and pretty.

“It was lovely to meet all the other contestants. All the finalists all had baking in common.”

Today Carol and the other finalists will visit the Ideal Homes Show with their cakes and the competition is then open to a public vote.

In 2012 Carol entered the TV show’s Britain’s Best Pie competition and made it to the final three with her pepperpot pie.

“When I entered the pie competition I had so much fun, it was such an exciting experience, it gave all my family and friends something to talk about.

“It was so much fun, I love cooking and I just thought I would give it another go.”

Carol, who cares for her parents, Shelia and Cecil, both 86 and is also involved in the Windrush history group, added: “All my family and friends are behind me. It just confirms to me that my food is very, very good. A few comments have been made about the cake, about how delicious it is – it does come down to flavour.

To vote for Carol visit www.itv.com/lorraine/lorraines-taste-off

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