Nigel's charity cake creation is spot-on for Emma Bridgewater staff's Comic Relief Bake Off
EMMA Bridgewater's trademark polka dot design was transformed into a one-off cake as part of a baking competition in aid of Comic Relief.
Nigel Green, who works as a supervisor at the Hanley pottery factory, unveiled his dotty decoration yesterday.
And the sponge cake hit the sweet spot with judges and went on to land first prize in the staff contest.
All 10 entries in the bake-off were then served up to customers at Emma Bridgewater's cafe, who paid £2 a slice.
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Nigel, aged 41, from Hanley, said: "I'm really pleased to win and quite surprised. The cake took two days to make and I made it jointly with my partner, Lee Carroll.
"For the polka dots, we used coloured icing and cut out the shapes.
"We chose the design because polka dots are a bestseller. I thought customers would go for the cake, with it being an Emma Bridgewater theme.
"I've been here for 13 years, so I pretty much knew the polka dot design off by heart."
When it comes to making cakes, Nigel admits he's more at home making brownies.
He admits when he saw some of the other creations made for the bake-off – one of which was a heart-shaped cake, crowned off with a ribbon – he knew he had tough competition.
Tom Hough, a warehouse and logistics manager, was one of the judges on the day.
He said: "They have all put a lot of effort into making the cakes and have done fantastically well.
"To pick a winner, we looked at the shape and texture of the cake and how it tasted."
The contest was part of a series of fund-raising challenges for Comic Relief as staff at Emma Bridgewater have set themselves a target of collecting £2,000 in just six weeks.
They have already staged a bush tucker trial and will soon be taking part in a 1980s quiz.
The final challenge will be in two parts, with a team of staff cycling 150 miles from Stoke-on-Trent to London.
Back at the factory, colleagues will be using exercise bikes to clock up more fundraising miles.
Becky Smallwood, from Biddulph, was one of the other bake-off contestants.
The 24-year-old home shopping supervisor rustled up a lemon drizzle cake.
She said: "I thought other people would make a sponge or chocolate cake, so I wanted to do something a bit different.
"You couldn't taste the cake after you've made it, so I had no idea what it tasted like. But I might come down to the cafe for elevenses to try some of it."
The Hill family, from Stone, were among the customers trying out the delicacies yesterday.
Five-year-old Charlie Hill ate a fairy cake, topped off with a cherry that was made to look like a Comic Relief red nose.
He said: "It's delicious. It's exciting to eat cake at this time of the morning."