National Cake Week

With the return of GBBO (Great British Bake Off) back on our TV screens, we seem to be craving cake more than we’ve ever done before and what’s more, this week is dedicated to all the delicious puds out there!

It’s important that we take from the GBBO contestants that cake baking isn’t easy and you go on an emotional journey, each and every time you have the bright idea of just ‘making a cake’.

We’ve listed below the stages you’d expect go through, with the help of fellow GBBO constants – unless you’re a baking pro, they may not be relevant, but for the inspired- to -make –and- create amazing cake (but not really very good at it), they may apply!

  1. Motivated

So you’ve trolled Pinterest and found a million amazing cake recipes that look delicious and seem ‘simple’ and ‘easy’ to make and you’ve chosen your fave.

You then, buy your ingredients, check. Pre-heat your oven (and double check it’s not the grill you’ve turned on) check.

Now you’re ready to

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  1. Irritated

If you’re anything like us, it doesn’t take long before you instantly regret your decision to make a cake. You’re covered in flour in places you can’t reach, there are eggshells swimming in the sink and the concoction in your bowl doesn’t have the consistency that the recipe states!

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  1. Eager

You realise that it’s too late to start again and you refuse to spend another weeks’ worth of food shopping money on ingredients and just want to get it in the oven. So you pull yourself together, pour your mix into a baking tray and place (throw) it in. And no, you don’t care if there are lumps in the mix, they will melt!

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  1. Anticipation

The worst emotional stage you have to go through, whilst you wait…

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and wait…

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and wait…

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and pray that your cake will rise!

  1. Joy/disappointment

The last emotional stage can go one of two ways.

You are literally the best baker you know and it’s cooked (with no sign of a soggy bottom) to perfection

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Or, you’re left looking a little like Candice, with what sits in front of you.

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Either way, you can always rely on what’s in the bowl to be edible.

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