I love The Great British Bake Off and know many of our listeners do too. So what better way to celebrate the final than by holding our very own Great Breeze Bake Off?
The theme was ‘The Breeze Breakfast with Jez & Lou’, which I thought might prove tricky, but our listeners took it in their stride.
We had some incredible entries, including cakes with our faces iced on the top, and even a cake in the shape of a radio.
For me, decorating is the best bit of baking, I love coming up with ways to make a cake look like something else entirely.
Two of our colleagues recently brought in a cake they’d baked for someone’s birthday in the shape of a cheeseburger.
The detail was incredible – there were even Rice Krispie ‘sesame seeds’ on top of the ‘bun’.
However, one thing I just don’t understand is cake mixes. Essentially all they are is a seriously overpriced bag of flour with a bit of baking powder mixed in.
You still have to add the other ingredients anyway, so why pay over the odds?
Jez seems to think it’ll save him hours when in reality it takes all of two minutes to measure the right amount of flour. Mary Berry would be appalled.
Jez: To celebrate the final of The Great British Bake Off, Lou came up with the idea of us doing the Great Breeze Bake Off. Cake baking is not really my area of expertise, but a few years ago I did impress many people with a homemade birthday cake for my daughter.
When Erin was approaching her fourth birthday I made the mistake of asking her what sort of cake she wanted. She said she’d like a mermaid sitting on some rocks.
Never one to shirk a challenge, I set about producing a masterpiece.
I baked two sponges and cut them into rock shapes, then wrapped coloured liquorice strips around a Barbie doll to turn her into a mermaid before placing her on top of the sponge.
I then iced the whole cake with blue, white and green icing. It was without doubt one of my culinary triumphs.
Lou doesn’t approve of shop-bought icing though. She says that’s cheating.
Better not tell her about the sponge mix then...