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The Great British Bakealong – Episode 2

Hey Cake Chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog!

If you’re keeping up with The Great British Bake Off, then you will already know that this week was Biscuit Week and the bakers were tackling a whole host of biscuit-based challenges set by judges, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

As I announced last week, once again I am baking along with the bakers in the tent and for this year’s edition of The Great British Bakealong, YOU get to decide which challenges I take on!

In this week’s The Great British Bakealong – Episode 2, you decided that you wanted to see me tackle the Signature Challenge, so, in today’s video, I will be attempting to bake a batch of 36 Florentines – which, incidentally, I have NEVER made before.

Just a bit of an advance warning… stacked alongside the previous five years of baking along with The Great British Bake Off, it wasn’t my MOST successful bakealong challenge, but as I recall, you guys do seem to enjoy it when things go wrong, so you’re really going to love this week’s episode!

Check out The Great British Bakealong – Episode 2 below and be sure to let me know what you think of my bake.

If you want to ensure you don’t miss a future episode of The Great British Bakealong, be sure to head over to YouTube and hit that big red subscribe button! And if you decide to have a go at one of this week’s challenges, be sure to tag me on social media so I can come and check out your bakes…

But, until next week guys… happy caking!

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Introducing The Great British Bakealong 2020!

Hey Cake Chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog!

The Great British Bake Off is BACK and you know what that means… my weekly bakealong challenge is back too!

Long time followers will know that for the last five years (I think…?), I have been baking along with the talented amateur bakers of The Great British Bake Off and 2020 is no different… Introducing The Great British Bakealong 2020 – every week for the next ten weeks, I will be attempting to bake along with the bakers in the tent – and this year, I AM switching things up!

Rather than exclusively baking along with the Technical Challenges like in the last few years, in 2020, YOU will get to decide which challenges I take on!

In this week’s first episode, the vote was overwhelmingly in favour of the Signature Challenge, so, in today’s video, I will be attempting to create my very own original Battenberg Cake recipe.

I’ll warn you, as I’m introducing the challenge – as well as baking two cakes, whipping up a batch of ganache AND making from scratch – this week’s episode is a little longer than the norm, but hopefully they won’t all be quite so feature length… 😉

Check out episode one of The Great British Bakealong below and be sure to let me know what you think of my bake.

If you want to ensure you don’t miss a future episode of The Great British Bakealong, be sure to head over to YouTube and hit that big red subscribe button! And if you decide to have a go at one of this week’s challenges, be sure to tag me on social media so I can come and check out your bakes…

But, until next week guys… happy caking!

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Baking with a GBBO legend…

So have you heard about Bake With A Legend yet?

If, like me, you’ve been seeing their posts pop up in your social media timelines over the last year or so, then your interest has probably been well-and-truly piqued – just like mine was.

If, however, you are unfamiliar with the concept, allow me to explain:
Basically, a while back, some enterprising fellows realised that there were a great many fans of The Great British Bake Off out there and that they would probably enjoy spending the day learning to bake with some of their favourite bakers from the show. They were not wrong and the Bake With A Legend experience days have been a massive success, with attendees including everyone from corporate team building types right through to parties of friends and hen nights.

Now, as huge fan of baking in all of its forms AND a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off, I knew that the Bake With A Legend experience would be right up my street and so, when I heard that the team were putting together a special one off event, hosted by series seven finalist Jane Beedle, to launch a selection of new packages in partnership with Airbnb, I had to check it out.

Check out my latest video, to see what we got up to:

Being completely honest with you guys, it really was a fantastic day and I loved every single second of it.

Obviously, it was great to see Jane again – not to mention learn from her – but in addition to that, spending the day with an amazing group of like-minded baking fans of all levels of experience and defeating my once-nemesis, choux pastry all ensured that the day was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

I would highly recommend checking out Bake With A Legend if you are a fan of GBBO and I definitely think I’ll be back for another helping of the Bake With A Legend experience!

I must say a massive thank you to Jane and the Bake With A Legend team for having me along for the day and for allowing me film the entire experience to share with you all.

Bake With A Legend hold classes in London, Brighton, Manchester and Bristol, with a whole host of your favourite GBBO alumni. If you would be interested in finding out more about classes with your favourite baker from The Great British Bake Off, then you can visit the Bake With a Legend website right here.

Who knows, I might even see you there… 😉