A Peter Allen tribute cake was the big winner at this year’s Boys’ Own Bake Off, which raised a record $36,000 for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

An estimated 1,600 people attended the fundraiser for people living with HIV/AIDS last Sunday at The Midnight Shift, bidding for 58 entries of cakes, jams and craft items.

Best in show and best decorated cake went to The Boy From Oz entry by Glen Lewis (Miss 3-D), a marzipan Peter Allen seated at a chocolate sponge piano. The cake sold for $4,000.

The event included performances by a swag of drag queens such as Miss BGF Mystique Jewel, Wyness Mongrel Bitch and Trudi Valentine, although some performers donated more than their time and talents. Singer Shauna Jensen performed and won best jams and preserves, while Mitzi Macintosh baked two cakes and donated a string art rendering of an ejaculating penis. Jensen’s jams were eventually auctioned for $4000.

Judges Margaret Fulton, Martin Boetz and Claire de Lune also presented awards for best cake (David Cass); best tart (The Wharf Restaurant); best small goods (Belinda Gill); best home craft (John Hackett); and best non-edible cake (The Kastle).

Executive director of BGF Simon Watts told Sydney Star Observer he was overwhelmed by the level of community support for the event, which raises money for the organisation’s Positive Employment Service.

In the last six months our PES has gotten seven people jobs and 15 people back into education and training, Watts said. We’re very proud of that result and want to build on it.

Fulton donated signed copies of her new cookbook on the day with profits going to the BGF. Copies are still available for $45 from BGF. Phone Simon Watts on 9287 1101 for more information.

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