Great Mortlake Bake Off 2018 will commence this Saturday.

Enthusiastic bakers of all ages have been practising their favourite sponge, chocolate and showstopper recipes.

Spectators are invited to join in the 'delicious' fun on May 12, at the beautiful 16th century church St Mary the Virgin, in Mortlake High Street.

Food demonstrations by local experts run from 1.30pm with judging starting at 2pm. The winners will be congratulated at 3.30pm by MP Zac Goldsmith.

Mr Goldsmith said: “I’m a cake fan, but my baking skills are hopeless so I’m relieved that I’ll be there in a non baking capacity.

"I’m really excited to see what residents come up with. It will be a fantastic community event, full of creativity and energy.”

Entry is just £3.50 and a ticket for a family of 4 is £12. This includes a piece of cake and a tea/coffee per person.

Competition bakes will be sold (buy something nice to eat while watching Eurovision that evening?) and profits will be donated to the charity Missing People and Mortlake Community Association.

For locals who love to bake this is a chance to shine.

The 5 Baking Categories

1) Children (Primary School): The best of Mortlake and East Sheen's junior bakers. Open to 4 - 11 year olds, any biscuits, cupcakes or traybakes. Judges will be looking for great baking, creativity and beautiful presentation.

2) Children (Secondary School): For those aged 12 - 18. Any types of biscuits, cupcakes or traybakes. The emphasis again is on outstanding baking skills and stunning presentation.

3) Chocolate: A traybake, a sponge, cookies, cupcakes - as long as it’s chocolatey!

4) Sponge: From Victoria's finest to coffee or angel cake, this is the classic category. Time to choose your flavour, filling and avoid the dreaded soggy bottom.

5) Showstopper: Here's your opportunity to wow the judges. A homage to Mortlake, a celebration of Richmond or flavours of your holiday memories - anything goes