Welcome to the first Great Bloggers Bake Off Round Up for 2014 and shortly , well further down this page, I will reveal the weeks Star Bakers. Yes, plural, I have decided to award a few this week because it was so hard choosing one overall winner, so I have selected a baker from each of the 3 categories (see below)…..and maybe an extra one or two!!!
Thank you to everyone that linked up – including my own post and a couple of bakers who missed the linky deadline, there were 35 of you in total which is amazing!!! The standard was high and it was fascinating to see that, just like me, so many of you had never attempted a swiss roll before, but, again like myself, will be trying it again because it was not as hard as you had envisaged. Swiss rolls were the most popular bake this week, followed by cherry cakes and then the miniature British cakes.
Now you can see why it has been hard to choose Star Bakers! Before I announce them, I would like to say well done to those that made their own jam for the swiss rolls, those that tried new techniques like the piping design on their swiss rolls and those of you baking GF and DF. You are all amazing.
So without further ado, here are the Star Bakers for week 1:
I loved so many, the flavour combinations of the Lavendar and Honey and Strawberry and Black Pepper filled ones were very clever, and the patterns featured on the Lemon Curd, Giraffe, Lemon Myrtle, dotty and Super Strawberry ones were very pretty, and the rainbow sprinkles, which almost won,is such a simple and yet genius idea and I know from trying to roll a layered sponge cake (twice now!) in sprinkles, that a swiss roll decorated this way makes much more sense!
However, there can only be one Swiss Roll Star Baker and it is Helen’s Lemon & Lime Swiss Roll. From the moment I saw this I just thought how much it stood out, and not only has Helen managed to combine 2 colours so well in in the sponge but she mixed two flavours too. I made a rainbow swiss roll, and I know how tricky that was and Helen’s coloured stripes are very defined and colourful.
I was torn here between 2 bakes and in the end I am going with the one which I feel possiblty took more time and effort because it is harder to make lots of individual ones then one large cherry cake! So congratulations to Cat with her Mini Cherry & Almond Bundt Cakes which all looked so cute and the same size, and I loved that Cat managed to tie in the Technical and show stopper elements in her bake. However, I must say that this Mary Berry’s Cherry Cake was a very close second – look at it, is is superb.
Miniature British Classic
Again, some really lovely looking cakes. Well done to Karin for #embracingherhappybaking and making 2 bakes in one! In the end though, after much deliberating it came down to the well executed and neatly made Mini Coffee Cakes verses the summery looking Mini Victoria Sponges with Blackberries . I have decided to go with the latter, simply because its baker is just 14 years old which I think is brilliant – they look so good and although the coffee cakes look fab too, I just cannot get over that a 14 year old made those by herself!
Talking of junior blogger bakers, I am going to also award a Star Baker badge to this young man and his Chocolate Swiss Roll
Look at this swiss roll – so good and with minimal help he made this all by himself *claps loudly*
Well done Star Bakers – please email me so I can send you your badges and well done to all who took part.
Remember – all recipe posts are on the GBBPO21014 pinboard
See you again Wednesday when the new bake off theme is BISCUITS
So, do you agree with my choices? Who would you have chosen? Please let me know.