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William has a recipe to go nuts for in Great Vegan Bake-Off

PUBLISHED: 17:02 07 October 2016

12-year-old William Hibbits with his peanut butter sponge cake. Picture: Mark Hibbits

12-year-old William Hibbits with his peanut butter sponge cake. Picture: Mark Hibbits

Picture: Mark Hibbits

A vegan chef prodigy has baked his way into the final of a national competition - with a recipe to go nuts for.

12-year-old baking chef William Hibbits. Picture: Mark Hibbits12-year-old baking chef William Hibbits. Picture: Mark Hibbits

William Hibbitts, of Cantley, is just 12-years-old, but already he has the know-how of a Mary Berry - all without the use of animal products.

His own recipe for a peanut butter sponge cake with peanut buttercream filling has secured him a place in the final 12 of the Peta Great Vegan Bake Off 2016.

William first became a vegan around a year ago, due to his love for animals. He has since worked to perfect different recipes without using anything from an animal - and has his own blog, The Vegan Kid.

He said: “I’m really excited that my cake has made the final because the competition is so high - winning would be so cool.

12-year-old baking chef William Hibbits. Picture: Mark Hibbits.12-year-old baking chef William Hibbits. Picture: Mark Hibbits.

“I love cooking vegan food and want to spread the vegan message and make other people realise you can make amazing food without using animal products, as I never even want to hurt animals, let alone eat them.”

William’s recipe is one of a variety the youngster has designed himself, as well as adapting non-vegan recipes to suit his diet.

He added: “Everybody in my family except my sister Kittie really loves peanut butter, so I thought I would try and make a cake with that in it. My dad said it was the best cake he’d ever had, so entered it in the competition.

“I’ve always loved baking, I learned from my mum, who has been a vegan herself for three years.”

12-year-old baking chef William Hibbits. Picture: Mark Hibbits.12-year-old baking chef William Hibbits. Picture: Mark Hibbits.

Now William - who is home-schooled - is hoping he will be able to build a cooking career of his own, following in the footsteps of his favourite chefs, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Gordon Ramsay.

Mum Michelle said: “His father and I are both so proud of him - I think his baking is just great.

“To start with I used to bake with him, but now I just get given a list of ingredients and off he goes. He researches his own recipes and is very talented.”

To vote for William’s recipe, click here. Voting closes on Monday.

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