With celebrations around the world, one person can be more than happy to make their own birthday cake.

But for the many who do not have a cake-making skillset, it is a question of finding the right one for you.

The Irish Christmas Cake Bake Off is taking place from November 18 to 24, and winners will receive a prize of €2,000 (£1,958) from the National Cake Maker of Ireland.

The event, organised by the Irish Christmas Cakes Association, aims to raise awareness of the issue of food allergies in children.

“It is about the importance of having fun, sharing a meal, and having a family, and so it is important to celebrate the holidays with people of different ages and backgrounds,” says Mark McLean, chair of the association.

“I think people have a tendency to think that if you have allergies it is bad, it’s not going to be a great Christmas for you, and I think that’s why there are so many cakes that are good, but you have to be careful that it’s all gluten free.”‘

The most wonderful cake ever’The winners of the baking contest are selected by a panel of judges who are comprised of local chefs, cake experts and cake makers.

The winning cakes are then sent to the National Chocolate Company in Galway for further baking.

The National Chocolate Co-op said they have been involved in the baking competition for a number of years and are proud to have won the title.

“We have a very diverse range of cakes from all over the world,” says manager of Chocolate Coop, Pat McGrath.

“The competition is designed to give the cake makers an opportunity to showcase their skills and expertise.

We also want to encourage young people to get involved in baking.”

A range of cake products will be available for purchase from the Chocolate Cooperatives website.

“People are going to have their own cakes, but we have cakes from countries that are in a different region, so that helps people to find a product that they are passionate about,” Ms McGrath said.

“There’s a range of flavours and styles and cakes that you can try.”

“The biggest thing is to enjoy it, and not be afraid to say how great it is,” she adds.

“But also, don’t forget to enjoy the cake itself, and try to enjoy your cake before you go to bed, too.”

The competition was launched in 2012 and is being held to raise public awareness of food allergy.

The winner will receive €1,000 in cash prize and a certificate from the chocolate company.

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