Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Cambridge Bake Off - Ready, Set... Bake!

Cake makers and enthusiasts listen up... 
It’s time to put on that frilly pinny and dust off those cookery books! 

Not only am I going through a very exciting re-brand and Plotting my
 "Secluded Blogfest" event for May, as I type... 
But... I have also been asked to be part of a very exciting event happening in Cambridge... This is a must-enter competition for any cake lover and baking fan who enjoys indulging in the BBC’s “Great British Bake Off”...

... Introducing “The Cambridge Bake Off”! 

Sponsored by Tucker Gardner and organised by Caroline Biggs of “Eat Cambridge” Festival, the Cambridge Bake Off will see contestants go head to head through four exciting sweet baking rounds, culminating in a grand finale at the city’s Big Day Out in July.

It’s also supported and promoted by the Cambridge Evening News and my Cambridgeshire Journal Editor, the lovely Alice Ryan is supporting this event with her fab team throughout the coming weeks. 

Photo courtesy of (as featured in CEN this week!)

This competition will offer a chance for amateur bakers to show off their cake-making skills (and win some amazing prizes), the event's judging panel will include myself and Cambridge Cookery School's Tine Roche, as well as John Adamson from Tucker Gardner and the gorgeous Debora Bonnes of Biscotti De Debora. 

The competition challenges bakers to make a chocolate cake in the first round, a classic Victoria sponge in the second and a cake containing seasonal fruit and crème patissiere in the third. The final challenge will be to create a celebration cake for a summer occasion.

As Alice has already mentions, in true Mel and Sue style: Ready, set... bake!

*To whet your appetite, Alice has been dropping hints of cakes and treats through various mediums this week with some of my signature bakes, of which I teach in your home, should you not be quite ready for this year’s entries but want to learn for the next one hehe... They include my world famous “Tuck Shop Cake” as seen on the BBC One Show ; ) 

For full details of the contest, the judges (we will all be featured over the next few days and weeks, so watch this space!), the prizes and how to enter, visit and search ‘Cambridge Bake Off’, with regular updates on Facebook and Twitter... or simply keep an eye on my blog wafflings too... I am sure I will bore you with cake overload over the coming weeks, photos included (naturally!)... I need to get on my bike and start cycling off some calories in preparation.. How on earth does Mary Berry do it?!! 

Are you a contender?... 

Get entering when that competition opens, you won't regret it... first stage is to enter your trusty chocolate cake recipes, along with a picture to whet our appetites... If you get through you then get take part in the head to head rounds at the Cookery School, baking a Victoria Sponge, then if through to the third round a fruit & crème patisserie confection, finishing with a show-stopper celebration cake for
 the final stage... it’s more than exciting!

Could you be the next Jo Wheatley or John Whaite...?

The competition is now open... enter HERE

More info on "The Cambridge Bake Off" can be found HERE

More info on my baking lessons in your own home can be found HERE

See my "Tuck Shop Cake" being prodded by Chris Evans on the One Show HERE

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