She makes the best desserts in F-Wing at HM Prison Low Newton

By Kara Crabb
Updated October 01, 2018
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Rose West became one of the most notorious female serial killers in British history after sexually abusing, torturing, and murdering at least ten young women, one of whom was her own teenaged child. But after 15 years of her lifetime sentence, Rose West has earned a new title: Winner of the HM Prison Low Newton Bake-Off.

According to reports, the bake-off emerged spontaneously amongst prisoners in the F-Wing, where 65-year-old West secures her “terrifying maternal figure” status. A democratic vote apparently determined her Victoria sponge cake, or “Victoria sandwiches” as they’re disturbingly called, as the winning entry.

The Victoria sponge cake is basically a large sandwich where jam and whipped cream are encased in sponge cake. Historians believe it was popularized around the mid-19th century, after teatime was introduced to British royal culture, and Queen Victoria realized an insatiable need for the light afternoon snack.

Reports have suggested that West may have chosen this recipe because of her susceptibility to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes, considering the cake is relatively low in sugar and calories.

While inmates can enjoy the social recreation of culinary battles and electoral games, HM Low Newton retains its reputation as providing excellent conditions for its female population. According to the 2018 report by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons, staff provide careful attention to the complexity of their inmate’s needs, saying “there was a particularly impressive focus on providing women with opportunities to improve their personal and social skills and self-confidence.”

With a title-winning Victoria sponge cake, it’s easy to see how Rose West is a champion of this mandate.