I entered The Cambridge Bake Off (organised by Caroline Biggs of “Eat Cambridge”) because I thought it would be something fun to do. I’ve been toying with the idea of setting up a cake business, so I was intrigued when I saw the adverts for the bake off.
And so on the 27th of April, I sent in a blueberry cake I had made the weekend before so I wouldn’t procrastinate looking for the perfect cake to send. I also had to write a couple of lines about why I love baking:
I recently moved to Cambridge a few months ago & rediscovered my love for baking. It has now become an addiction. Nothing soothes me more, after a busy day at work, than measuring up ingredients and the whirring sound of my mixer. I’m still amazed at how what is sometimes a messy venture (especially when children are helping) creates such a lovely treat. The smell of cake wafting through the house is priceless and let’s face it, baking is cheaper than therapy!
I thought it was cheesy 😉 but it got me through to the first round. 🙂
After weeks of stalking @CamBakeOff on twitter and Facebook, on the 17th of May I received an email and it stated, ‘Congratulations! Your application to take part in the Cambridge Bake Off has been successful – which means you’re through to the first round’. Yippee!
The first round challenge was to bake a two-layer chocolate with filling, icing and decoration of my choice. It was to be delivered to The Cambridge Cookery School on Saturday, May 25th where Tine Roche, MD and Head Chef of the Cookery School, and her team would judge the cakes.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was clueless as to whether it was going to be an x-factoresque like affair, with long spiralling queues. I thought it best to arrive early and I was number 10. Fortunately it was quite calm.
I looked around at some of the cakes that were there, before me. My thoughts were I stood a chance, on looks at least. Tasting would be up to the judges.
Unfortunately I didn’t get through to the next round but I enjoyed every moment of it. I guess this is another example of ‘Putting Myself Out There‘.
I am really proud of my entry and so glad that the official photographer for the Bake Off, Groover Photography, selected my cake for their first round photos.