My dream bake off

I {heart} the Great British Bakeoff. Cakes, melodrama, and Mel and Sue. What could be better?

I’ve recently been baking a lot more and am currently on a mission to perfect my swiss roll making skills. It’s got me thinking about what I would make if I were in the shoes of the bakers on GBBO. So, based on the signature bakes and showstopper challenges of Series 6 (2015), (and with the serious disclaimer that these are ideas from my head and I have no idea whether they would work in practice), I am proud to present…

My Dream Bake off

Week 1 – Madeira cake / Black Forest gateau

Cherry  bakewell madeira cake: madeira soaked with almond syrup and filled with almond buttercream and cherry and kirsch curd

Light and dark chocolate black forest gateau: layers of white and dark chocolate sponge topped with chocolate ganache and decorated with whipped cream, chocolate-coated cherries and chocolate trees

Week 2 – biscotti / biscuits presented in an edible biscuit box

Triple chocolate and cranberry biscotti: cocoa-infused biscotti with white and dark chocolate chips and freeze-dried cranberries, dipped in melted dark chocolate

Lemon shortbread box and Breton biscuits: box made of lemon shortbread with piped decorations, containing Breton butter biscuits (also known as sables)

Week 3 – quick breads / 3D bread sculpture

Bacon, brie and sun-dried tomato soda breads

Rooster bread: the challenge was to make a 3D bread sculpture using three different kinds of bread dough, one of which had to be filled – so I am thinking of a basic white loaf for the body, filled and shaped bread for the tail and crest, and a different kind of dough for the ‘nest’!

Week 4 – Creme Brulees / Three-Tiered Cheesecake

Rhubarb and ginger creme brûlée or Coffee and Baileys creme brûlée or Passionfruit and white chocolate creme brûlée (can’t decide on this one!)

Classic cheesecakes tower: New York cheesecake (vanilla), lemon cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake topped with raspberries and blueberries

Week 5 – Sugar-free Cake / Dairy-free Ice-cream Roll

Sugar-free simnel cake

Death by chocolate ice-cream roll: fatless chocolate sponge, raspberry jam, chocolate ice-cream made with almond milk

WEek 6 – Frangipane Tart / Vol-au-Vents

Honey roasted fig and frangipane tart

Wimbledon vol-au-vents: white chocolate creme patissiere and glazed strawberries
Sweet chilli salmon vol-au-vents: cream cheese filling and sweet chilli baked salmon

Week 7 – Victorian Raised Game Pie / Charlotte Russe

Chinese raised game pie: venison, boar, and minced pork filling with char siu marinade in hot water crust pastry, decorated with mini pastry animals

Mango, lime and blueberry charlotte russe: chocolate-dipped ladyfingers encasing lime jelly, mango bavarois, and topped with whipped cream and blueberries

Week 8 – Cream Horns / Religieuse a L’Ancienne

British pudding cream horns: banoffee cream horns filled with banana creme patissiere rippled with salted caramel, summer pudding cream horns filled with whipped cream and topped with fresh summer berries

Religieuse a l’ancienne traditionnelle: chocolate and caramel eclairs filled with creme patissiere and decorated with vanilla buttercream

Week 9 – Chocolate Tart / Chocolate Centrepiece

Chocolate, pecan and salted caramel tart finished with mirror glaze and chocolate flowers and foliage

Chocolate lighthouse: I didn’t really understand the chocolate centrepiece challenge, as there was hardly any baking involved aside from a token biscuit element… anyway, I think I would have tried to make a chocolate lighthouse with seashell biscuits and some other lighthouse-y things

Week 10 – Iced Buns / Classic British Cakes

Cinnamon and maple iced buns
Lemon and ginger iced buns

Victoria sponge three ways: tiered Victoria sponges in classic, lemon, and coffee flavours, decorated with piped buttercream and fondant icing and other frilly fancies!

So there you have it!

And here is a selection of my favourite bakes from the series. Enjoy!


3 thoughts on “My dream bake off

  1. That looks amazing! Those photos are delicious haha, by the way if you get the chance could you check my blog out? New blog-maker and posting things about my cake making business; everything I do/make and I keep track of all my projects and every endeavor on there too. Thank you 🙂 ps – nice blog!


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