It’s officially Bake Off season which means the whole of the UK has gone baking-mad. Schedule it into your diaries, cancel your social plans (unless you plan on watching it with friends or family), pop the kettle on and sit down over an hour of drool-worthy cakes. From sweet to savoury, showstoppers and disasters, GBBO brings us everything we want to see.
But don’t all those bakes give you the munchies? We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite cakes and bakes from the community so you can join in, too. Get your apron on, bake up some treats and enjoy these along with us. You can find more recipes from the community in our cookbook archives: check out our chocoholics collection, cake recipes and cookies galore.
Let’s bake a cake!
Nothing says bake-off like a traditional cake baking contest. Siobhan O’Hora has a science background in food security/nutrition and loves making healthy treats that provide nourishment while looking indulgent. Her hidden fruit and veg bake epitomises her approach to sweet treats. Check her deliciously rich and chocolatey Hidden Fruit and Veg Brookie Dough (brownie cookie dough – need we say more?!)
When we aren’t stuffing our faces with chocolate, we also love a little fruity number and Amy has just the one. Amy Meegan‘s favourite recipe ever is her lemon curd sponge cake. The light sponge and the zingy lemon are just perfect. She is also a qualified nutritionist (BSc Human Nutrition) who loves baking and aims to show the world that healthy eating and home cooking and baking can be easy and achievable for all. Go on, have a look at her Lemon Curd Sponge Cake.
If one lemon wasn’t enough, we also have a vibrant and gluten-free lemon and blueberry cake from keen baker Sophie. Sophie Parker is a 20-something breakfast addict, recipe blogger and photographer behind the gluten-free blog Oat So Delicious. Not only is this cake gluten-free but it is also vegan thanks to using chia eggs instead of regular eggs. The sponge is light, fluffy and we would definitely go back for a second slice. Find the recipe for her Lemon and Blueberry Almond Cake here.
Something fancy for afternoon tea?
If you rather fancy something smaller and individually portioned to share with friends – or for yourself – then how about cupcakes, muffins or cookies? Anne T. Krarup is a graduate student in Sports science and health who writes about living a healthy, joyful life in spite of difficult circumstances. She shares her recipe for simple banana muffins gone healthy – with or without chocolate chips. We think chocolate chips are highly necessary. Have a look at Anns’s Banana Muffins now.
Talking of chocolate… if you aren’t in the mood for actual baking then how about raw-baking. Or un-baking. It takes much less time and effort, just be patient and let those layers set. Especially in Yasmin’s vegan mars bar slices. Yasmin Wakefield is a plant-based recipe developer with a speciality for no-bake sweet treats and shares with us here her Vegan Mars Bars with lots of chocolate, texture and gooey caramel.
Bake off wouldn’t be, well, bake off without a scone or two. Thankfully Vicky has shared a simple chocolate-inspired recipe. Vicky Coates is a food blogger and recipe developer with a focus on healthy snacks and breakfast recipes!
To me nothing says baking like a good scone therefore I had to share my chocolate scone recipe!
Find out why she loves her scones so much and look at her recipe for Chocolate Almond Scones.
We hope we have given you lots of food for thought when it comes to baking at home. Whether you fancy something rich and indulgent or secretly healthy and packed with veggies, there is something for everyone. We are, as always, extremely proud of our bakers – remember when we hosted our very own Bake Off?
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