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ELDERLY residents commandeered their care home kitchen to win a national cupcake competition.

Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, was named the winner of the Hill Care Group baking contest.

Inspired by National Cupcake Week, Hill Care challenged all its care homes to create cupcakes to represent their chosen theme.

Ingleby Care Home beat dozens of others across the north of England to gain the cupcake crown, taking the prize of £100.

Residents chose the home’s garden as the theme for their cupcakes, including the memorial rose garden, carrot patch and wild flower beds.

Resident Shirley Naylor, 82, decided on a lemon top flavor for the last cake. She said: “I really like lemon top ice creams so I wanted to create a lemon top cake.”

Resident John Spence, 54, said: “I had a great time. I’ve never made or iced cakes before and it was really fun doing something new and learning new skills.”

Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, said: “The residents were inspired by National Cupcake Week.

“All those who took part in making the cupcakes had a great time and then all our residents enjoyed slices of the cakes with their afternoon tea.”

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