Bake to Normality

Barclays signing

Is everyone else wondering what to do with their Wednesday evenings now, or is it just me?!


Just a quick blog update from me tonight. This week has flown by. I’ve got real post-final Bake Off withdrawal symptoms but the Great British Bake Off Masterclass series has filled the gap a bit of an evening. Mary Berry showed how to make her Black Forest Gateau this week, and while she’s obviously the Don of all things cake related, I still reckon the recipe from my book (pictured above) is pretty special. One of the best things to happen over the past year is when people send me pictures on Twitter or Instagram of their versions of my recipes. My friend Emma made my Black Forest Gateau this weekend and her cake looked great! If you make anything from the book, send me a picture as it’s been so interesting to see which bakes have inspired people the most – particularly while I’m busy thinking about new recipes.

BIY book

I went along to Barclays’ building at Canary Wharf this week (pictured at the top of the blog) for a signing session of my book, B.I.Y. Bake It Yourself, with The Book People to raise money for the charity Wild Hearts. I signed nearly 200 copies and we raised over £800, so it was definitely time well spent. If you’ve got the Book People coming to your office and you fancy a pre-Christmas signing, get in touch – particularly if you’re in London – and I’ll see if I can make it, as offices tend to have pretty captive audiences! If I can’t make it to your office, I’m doing a few more signings over the next couple of months so keep an eye on the Appearances section of my website.

Martha bake

This weekend my good friend Martha Collison did a sponsored bake for the charity Tearfund. Martha baked non-stop for 21 hours, as children who are trafficked away from their families are often expected to work 21 hour days in terrible conditions. Martha doesn’t live far around the M25 from me, so at midnight last night I popped along for a bit of moral support to bake with her until about 3 o’clock this morning. Lots of people had sent us questions on Twitter so we did a Q&A session here, answering as many as possible. Martha’s efforts have raised over £6,000 so far for Tearfund and all the bakes made during the 21 hour period (and look how many there were!) have been sold to raise even more money. If you want to donate, please text TEARFUND MARTHA to 70444 to give £5 towards the campaign or visit Martha’s Just Giving page here.


Anyway, I’m back to the building work for most of this week as I’ve got about two months to get the nursery ready for our new baby’s pre-Christmas arrival. So many people have asked me whether I’ve given up building since the Bake Off but mainly I’ve tried to juggle the two worlds – builder by day, baker by night. I’d better get an early night as back to the grindstone in the morning. See you next week!

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