Included head to toe in flour and dancing all-around to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. . .
That is where by I found myself 10 minutes following stepping by a fridge door and into a tent that looked like the 1 on The Terrific British Bake Off.
This is the Big Bake, a 90-moment levels of competition that lets you are living out your Bake Off desires. And yes, you even get judged at the end of it.
If you are a enthusiast of the hit clearly show, or just appreciate a spot of cake-building, then this is the top action for you.
It can take area in a few places – two in London and just one in Birmingham – all year very long.
Just like the Television bakers, friends consider their areas at a mini-kitchen station equipped with an oven and all of the kit needed to whip up four best sponges.
In teams of two, you then go head to head with other punters to embellish your tiers and build a present-stopping masterpiece.
The topic improvements through the 12 months and every single 12 months there is a exclusive Christmas bake.
For the festive season my obstacle was to craft an igloo cake, which required setting up the igloo out of white chocolate.
You have to patiently stir the melted chocolate over a very hot plate – a obstacle in itself although foot tapping together to Slade and sipping prosecco.
Opposition inside the tent was helpful but intense as I uncovered – when I requested one more baker how they sculpted their beautiful fondant Christmas tree.
They shot again: “Look at the instructions, use the scissors.”
Indeed, assistance is on hand in the variety of detailed printed instructions and the employees will answer any questions you have, these types of as: What are the finest toppings to replicate snow? (The answer, I uncovered, is coconut shavings).
All the essences and decorative edibles you can believe of are on hand in a massive cupboard and are there to be experimented with.
But do not get also distracted, like I did.
I wasted time deciding irrespective of whether to use chocolate vegan stars or rainbow sprinkles on my tree.
In the end I opted for flaked almonds, cinnamon spice, cocoa powder and vanilla essence to flavour my sponge, and a squeeze of almond essence for my buttercream.
An insider idea: You are asked why you picked those flavours, and what was the inspiration behind your decoration, so it is a excellent plan to strategy forward.
A final 15-minute countdown – just like on Bake Off – observed me frantically chucking coconut shavings all around my tiers and moulding a beak for my penguin ideal up to the last 10 seconds.
And when it was time for the bakers to assemble at the best desk, the head baker cut a slice out of just about every to check for soggy bottoms and other imperfections.
Mine designed it previous the taste take a look at with traveling colours, but the bake did not win initially, 2nd or 3rd position.
It was however the greatest cake I experienced at any time produced or adorned, and I was proud of my wintertime wonderland scene, which featured a donkey in a forest, participating in with shimmering gold snowballs.
The greatest little bit was that I walked away with an amazing edible masterpiece and a are unsuccessful-safe and sound recipe that I will be baking just about every yr at Christmas.
GO: Huge BAKE
Tickets from £43.90pp, together with all substances and a recipe e-e book.