The Elmfield Road “Bake Off” 2016

Here’s a few words of guidance from our guest judge Gary:

Greetings bakers of Elmfield Road E17.

It’s that time of year again – the suns up (hopefully), the gazebo will definitely be up and your cakes will be ‘up’ or risen at any rate☺

I have been asked to come along and judge the ‘bake off’ again and I’m delighted to do so.

Each year the standard of baking has gone up, as have the creativity and the taste!

We thought this year we’d give some themes and some criteria for anyone having difficulty deciding what to bake but I love a wildcard so this is here as a guide only.

 Cake themes:

  • Chocolate and citrus – think continental, be bold!
  • Fruit and cream – make it a dream…
  • Cookies & Muffins:
  • Chocolate & fruit – dare to be different.
  • Fruit & grains – healthy doesn’t mean dull and tasteless.

And by way of some insider info this is what Im looking for:

Key criteria is that appearance is appropriate to that style of bake

In general, cakes should have a flat or slightly rounded top

  • Ingredients should be well distributed throughout the cake
  • For cakes, texture should be moist, fluffy and velvety, but not undercooked
  • There should be no air tunnels within the bake
  • Flavour should be consistent, balanced and be of well-chosen combinations
  • Unfrosted bakes should have a uniform colouring with no burning
  • Frosted bakes should be iced with consistency and skill, and should not be sticky, tacky or crystallised
  • Bakes should not taste of fat, oil, etc, unless this is a feature of the bake – for example, olive oil bread or buttery brioche.

Looking forward to the 2nd.



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