Rav Bansal creates ‘showstopper’ cake for local schoolchildren

Nov 15, 2017

Local resident Rav Bansal, former contestant on The Great British Bake Off, has dusted off his baking equipment to create a showstopper-worthy cake for Erith’s upcoming eco-development at The Quarry.

Made from two flavoured sponges, one chocolate and almond, and the other vanilla, almond and raspberry, the cake was inspired by The Quarry’s state-of-the-art primary school, which will provide up to 630 additional school places for children across the borough.

Limewood Free School, which will be built at The Quarry, has been designed with the pupils in mind. The school’s circular shape maximises natural daylight, with all of the classrooms facing out over the new neighbourhood and beyond.  The boundaries between internal and external spaces have also been purposely blurred with each classroom benefiting from a dedicated outdoor teaching space in the form of a balcony or terrace.

Rav, who lives in Erith, said: “The architecture of the school provided a really interesting structural baking challenge. The circular shape was a much more interesting feature than a standard rectangular building, and it was great to have the opportunity to create it. I also thought the expanse of trees surrounding the school were a really positive characteristic that the future pupils will benefit from, so wanted to incorporate these into my design, and they were really fun to make. Overall I’m really pleased with the result! 

“I was delighted to be involved with this project as it is bringing new life to the disused quarry and I’m really looking forward to visiting the new ecology area with my family once the site opens.”

The baked creation, which also incorporates edible trees and plants, was presented to the future head teacher of Limewood Free School.

Claire Ingrams, Principal Designate, Lime Wood Free School (Woodland Academy Trust), said: “The cake Rav created is incredible and really highlights the brilliant design aspects of our new school. It tasted fantastic too - the pupils absolutely loved it!”

Lucy Chitty, Sales & Customer Services Director at L&Q, said: “It’s been fantastic working with Rav, he’s really been able to bring the school to life and show off the unique shape of the building. We can’t wait to see the first students walk through the doors in 2019.”

The Quarry will provide 600 new homes, including 470 family houses for sale with London Help to Buy and Shared Ownership, and 130 apartments for private rent. The first residents are due to move in during the spring next year. Prospective homebuyers interested in The Quarry can register their interest at and follow the development on Facebook and Twitter.

Limewood Free School is run by the Woodland Academy Trust, and is anticipated to open to its first intake of reception-age children once a third of homeowners have moved into The Quarry in 2019.

For more information about how to apply for a place at Lime Wood Free School, please contact the London Borough of Bexley’s School Admissions team on 020 8303 7777, email or visit

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