So here it is week one of a new linky – Great Bloggers Bake Off. (You can read more about it here.) Last night’s episode of the Great British Bake Off saw the contestants attempt to make
*Angel Food Cake
*Chocolate – Showstopper
So these will be the 3 themes for this weeks linky – you can re-create a recipe you saw or invent your own as long as they fit into those 3 themes then you can link up.
I decided to make a sandwich sponge because I find the recipe so versatile. I could not believe how ornate and embelished some of the sandwich sponge cakes were in last night’s episode – I would have kept mine quite simple and let the flavour speak for itself I think. What about you?
Anyway, here is my Great Bloggers Bake Off cake inspired by week 1 of the Great British Bake Off
200g self raising flour
200g stork baking spread
200g caster sugar
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
400g jar of white chocolate spread (for sandwiches)
400g cream cheese ( I used full fat)
225g (approx) fresh raspberries
Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC fan
Grease and line 2 x 8inch sandwich tins
Cream together the butter and sugar for a few minutes until pale and creamy
Add the eggs, lemon zest and juice and beat for a minute
Fold in the sifted flour and mix to combine
Divide between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for about 22 minutes (20-25 until golden on top and cooked right through)
Then allow to cool completely
To make the white chocolate frosting is very simple:
place the white chocolate spread and cream cheese in a bowl and beat well until smooth
place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden a little
fill a piping bag with it when ready to use with your sponge
Then assemble your cake
Sandwich your sponges together with the lemon curd and frosting – being careful not to add too much else it will ooze out once the top sponge is added!
On the top sponge pipe your remaining frosting – I did individual swirls but it is up to you
Then top each swirl with a raspberry and the cake is finished!
So, that is my attempt and now it is over to you!!!
The Wednesday morning following each episode of the GBBO a linky will open on mine and Helen’s blogs, and you need to bake a recipe inspired by one which was featured in the show the night before. It can be an exact copy, one you have created yourself or a mix! As long as it can be connected to the themes used in that episode it can be linked up.
Each Tuesday morning after we have judged all the linked up entries, as with the Great British Bake Off we will award one blogger the coverted Star Baker accolade and he/she will recive an exclusive blog badge to wear with pride 🙂
We will also link all entries to our GBBO Pinterest board (to be revealed next week)
This is not a serious baking competition it is just something to envoke some blogger community spirit. Whatever you baking skills it does not matter – I am not an expert and I am sure I will struggle with some of the themes set by the TV show. However, even if you have a baking disaster still link up please – we will give you virtual tea and sympathy!!
**please tweet myself @jessies_kitchen and @JennyPaulin using the hashtag #GreatBloggersBakeOff and we will RT all entries that we see
Please note, that although this is for fun, there are a few rules that Helen Hollywood and myself, Jenny Berry, would appreciate you following
**all recipes must be a new post and not an old one linked up
**all recipes must fit the themes set by that week’s Great British Bake Off episode
**all entries must carry the GBBO badge (designed by Annie – thank you)
**all entries must also carry a link to Helen and myself please http://www.thecrazykitchen.co.uk/p/the-great-bloggers-bake-off.html
**all entries must be linked up on either mine or Helen Hollywood’s blog by 8pm each Sunday night (click on our GBBO badges to find the linky posts)
>>To co-incide with the linky and TV show finale, Helen Hollywood and myself, Jenny Berry, will be hosting a fabulous give away with some baking goodies. We hope the bloggers who take part in the begining will still be around to be entered into this!! One condition to be entered into the prize draw at the end of the linky (and TV show) is that each blogger must ensure they have linked up at least 6 GBBO blog posts – we want committment people!!! It will be a great prize too – more details to follow.<<
And that is it – now get baking and good luck!! We cannot wait to see all your showstoppers.