THE inaugural Great Village Bake Off will be held at The Molly House on Sunday 18 August. The Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite and Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine will join Manchester Pride Patron, Claire Mooney on the judging panel. The event will raise money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund.

So dust off your pinny and wow everyone with your stiff peaks and amazing creaming methods. Pert pastries only. No soggy bottoms.

Cake judge, John Whaite triumphed in the 2012 series of BBC2's The Great British Bake Off. He has had an obsession with baking and cooking since he was a tiny boy, and has developed this passion into a career. He is extremely excited to be leading the judging, and keen to share his baking knowledge with the Village Bakers and Manchester's LGBT community. Originally from Wigan, the local lad is looking forward to returning to his roots and supporting Manchester Pride, which is a cause close to his heart.

Manchester born-and-bred actress, comedian and owner of Annie’s restaurant in Manchester city centre, Jennie McAlpine joins John on the judging panel. She is best known for her long-running role as Fiona 'Fiz' Stape in ITV’s Coronation Street, and is looking forward to attending.

Claire Mooney, foodie, singer-songwriter, and Patron of Manchester Pride is delighted to complete the line-up.

Kevin Sargent of the Village Bakers said:  "We’re ecstatic to have John, Jennie and Claire judging this year's Great Village Bake Off, sponsored by our friends at The Molly House, helping to raise vital funds for local LGBT charities and projects whilst displaying their culinary knowledge in judging the entries."

The judges will be casting their eyes, and also their taste buds over baking in such categories as: Best Rainbow Cake; Campest Cupcake; Tartiest Tart; Firmest Buns. However, all the glory goes to the coveted ‘Best In Bake Off’.

The competition is open to all LGBT individuals, businesses, clubs and organisations. So dust off your pinny and wow everyone with your stiff peaks and amazing creaming methods. Pert pastries only. No soggy bottoms.

Paul Duffy, a member of the Village Bakers and general manager of The Molly House added: "I'm thrilled that we are hosting the first Great Village Bake Off, and that we have such an esteemed judging panel attending. The Village Bakers as a social group has, in a very short time, become an extremely large, well-subscribed group with participants enthusiastically presenting their baked creations each month. Any money raised during the year from contributions given by our customers eating the Village Bakers' wares goes to support small local charities, so the Great Village Bake Off is truly a showcase of the Village Bakers achievements all year round."

The event aims to pull together all sections of the community and all the proceeds will go to help local LBGT causes.

It takes place at The Molly House, Richmond Street, Manchester at 1pm. The competition costs £5 to enter or £10 for clubs, bars and organisations. More details available here.