Ever wanted to bake in the infamous bake off tent? Wanted to try your hand at a technical challenge under the watchful eye of baking judges and inside the tense white marquee? Then get down to Tooting and get involved in The Big London Bake.
The Big London Bake is designed in the same way as the hit show The Great British Bake Off. With 10 kitchens all holding a mixer, oven, two hobs and key ingredients for your technical bake, this baking challenge brings everyone together for 90 minutes of baking fun.
I am a big fan of baking, so was thrilled to step inside the tent and get my bake on. For the month of June and start of July the challenge seemed simple, bake a genoise sponge. You could either display the cake as a round cake sandwiched with jam and buttercream icing or roll yourself a swiss roll and fill it the same way.
To begin with everyone received a well informed introduction of what you’ll be baking, how long you have to bake and a few safety guidelines. After this, it’s go time. Thankfully, you are not left in the unknown. In bowls on the table you find your ingredients ready measured so all you need to do is pop it all together. There is also a handy recipe card on the table which tells you what to mix and how to mix.
If you are stuck, the lovely baking ladies will be more than happy to assist you. There are trained bakers on hand to explain the process, aid you if you get stuck and give you a few tips.
Once you’ve got to grips with the baking, head to the flavour station where you will find an array of ingredients to enhance your bake. From coffee to oranges to coconut, there are ingredients to help everyone.
Once your 90 minutes are up, pop your cake on the counter for judging. Team Amor’s chocolate and peanut butter swiss roll topped with banana chips ended up 6th place. Think you can beat us? Head down to The Big London Bake now and try it for yourself.