Recipe For Love Bake Off
I only actually heard about the competition a couple of days before it was due to close, but as soon as I did I knew that I just had to enter my mini cupcakes. They seemed to fit the brief perfectly and I was thrilled to get an email telling me I was one of the five finalists.
The day itself was an incredible experience. I won’t forget the excitement, adrenalin and fun for a long time. In fact, there is so much ‘bake off’ chat happening in our house at the moment that my children have even started to make ‘sand cakes’ (instead of sand castles) for their own pretend bake offs. My four year old pulled me outside to show me her latest creation today and announced, “This is my winning cake!”
Taking part also gave me the added bonus of a day out in London on my own, which may not seem like much to some but for a mum of 3 this was actually amazing.
I had practiced my mini cupcakes until we could eat no more, and as you can see from this video and the pictures, a great time was had by all, and I was very pleased with the way my cupcakes turned out.
I did not win, but I can honestly say that I was thrilled for Fatema (picture below). Her reaction when Katie said her name was lovely to watch and I was just so thankful to have been given the opportunity to take part.
Katie was a complete professional and so complimentary of all our cakes. I could tell that she really enjoyed the day. I’m guessing that might have something to do with the tasting and judging part at the end as well as spending the day with 5 very excited bakers. The team from Random House Publishing who had organised the event, did an amazing job too. I’m sure that something like that takes a lot of hard work. I went home with a fantastic bag of goodies including a copy of Katie’s new book Recipe of Love (all about a bake off competition) and the lovely bonus of more baking pals which is such a delight. I’m sure that we will be supporting each other’s baking efforts for a long time to come.
The only problem now is that having competed in two bake offs, (details of my first bake off below) I want to do more! I will be keeping my eye out for the next opportunity and if you see one, be sure to let me know. In the mean time, I think I will be getting my fix from Katie’s book.*Exciting News* You can look forward to more of my bake off action on Channel 4 this Monday (26th March) at 12.05pm when you can catch me taking part in Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard. I’ll be putting up a blog post about that early next week too with photos and gossip from the day.