The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off Round-Up

By now I think everybody will know the results of

THE 2019 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF

Our STAR BAKER  was Sheree Sheree the creator of View from the Back

with her wonderful Gâteau Au Chocolat Framboise Spectaculaire

which you can read more about in Sheree’s post:

Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off

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A huge thanks to all of the bloggers who took on the challenge set in this year’s GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF and to all who cheered our baking bloggers on with your lovely comments and likes.

Thank you to Gary who thought of the idea to begin with and to our special judge Jeanne. It has been an absolute delight to work along with these two on THE BAKE-OFF.

This is the round-up post where you will find the cakes that were baked during our BAKE-OFF and links to their posts on the BAKE-OFF CAKE PARADE  and links to the posts that our bloggers created themselves.

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The Strawberry Queen

Reina de Fresa – Let’s Celebrate!

Queen of strawberries

 

Suze’s Failcake

black hole cake

 

The Messy Blogger’s Chocolate Cake

https://thebeewritesdownloads.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/baking-cakes-feeling-good-and-a-mystery/

The Messy Bloggers Cake

 

Sophie’s Almond Buttercream Cake

https://foodzesty.com/2019/03/25/almond-buttercream-layer-cake/

fiesta cake

 

Naked Cake!

My naked cake recipe

My naked cake for the Great Bloggers’s Bake-Off

Naked Cake!

 

The Tiramisu Cake

https://hawkfeatherstories.com/great-blogger-bake-off-2nd-place-winner/

the tiramisu cake

 

Ginger Lime Sponge Cake

Ginger & Lime Cake

 

The Gorgeous Guinness Cake

The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off — Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Cake

The Guinness Cake

 

They Won’t Forget This Birthday Cake

The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off (aka: Why I Will Never be Top Chef)

disaster cake

 

Thanks to the very talented daughter of

The Lemon Meringue Cake With White Chocolate Ganache Drip

hello and wow

 

The Mandarin Mocha Chocolate Sponge Cake

https://lovewillbringustogether.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/great-bloggers-bake-off-entry/

bob cake

 

The Orange Almond Sponge Cake

WP Bake Off Entry

Orange Almond Cake

 

The Strawberry Mango Cake

https://theresaly520.wordpress.com/2019/03/25/the-great-bloggers-bake-off-strawberry-mango-cake/

The Tropical Cake

 

The Gluten Free Dairy Free Summer Fruits Ginger And Lime Sponge Cake Smothered With Dairy Free Chocolate

https://bereavedsingledad.blog/2019/03/24/great-bloggers-bake-off-not-gone-to-plan/ 

 

Chococcino – Caramel Style

The Crushed Caramel Cake

I Love Summer Cake

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And that is the last you will hear from me about

THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF until 2020!

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They think it’s all over…

…it is now!

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In Case You Missed It!

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We had a wonderful day yesterday hosting

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Just in case you missed the fun, here is an idea of the amazing cakes that were baked by our fellow bloggers:

We had some cakes from first time bakers or those who had never made a sponge cake before! Thank you so much for bravely taking on the challenge for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF! You are wonderful! 

A few of us had some challenges during our time in the kitchen! But it only added to the fun on Sunday and a huge thanks goes to those bloggers who were great sports and brave enough to submit bakes that won a special NOD FROM GARY! 

We had some very special party cakes: 

Cakes for chocoholics and coffee and booze enthusiasts: 

Spectacular fruity cakes: 

We had a naked cake! The perfect sandwich cake:

Naked Cake

And we had a cake that belongs in a special category all of it’s own

– it’s beyond all words to describe it:

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As you may know our special judge A Jeanne in the Kitchen has published a post announcing the STAR BAKER of THE 2019 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF as you can see in her post below:

And the Winners Are ……..

Later on we will publish the final round-up including the cake created by our STAR BAKER! And then we will promise there will be no more mention of cake for another year or so (well…not from me anyway!!)

Thank you so much for joining int the party and making

THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF soooooo special!!!

 

The Strawberry Mango Cake

When I woke up this morning there was a photo of this fabulous creation in my inbox from the gorgoeus theresaly520 theresaly520 – Culture Shocks who has created a very beautiful cake! Mangoes with strawberries decorate Sa’s sandwich cake and hasn’t she decorated it beautifully!

This is another cake that makes me long for summer – the mango adds that tropical twist to this cake and a great dose of much needed sunshine!

https://theresaly520.wordpress.com/2019/03/25/the-great-bloggers-bake-off-strawberry-mango-cake/

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Sa – thank you for brightening our day with your beautiful fruity cake. The tropical twist brought two songs back to mind that I always have in my head on hot summer days!

Music To Bake To

I know that for some bloggers trying to bake something for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF might be rather stressful (we don’t want you to be stressed, we want you to have fun). But for others baking is great fun. When I have time to bake, I love some music on in the background to make baking less stressful.

So to help all of our baking bloggers along…we have a playlist that will be perfect for you while baking your creation for:

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Sweet Dreams

The night is drawing in over here in little olde England. I know that America and Canada are way behind England – time-wise I mean of course…but I am struggling to keep my eyes open!!

So…I think I am going to have to close my lap-top down and start getting ready for bed before I conk out here on the sofa.

If there are any bloggers who are still baking and intend to send over some cake photos – I will see them tomorrow morning when I wake up and make sure they are forwarded to Jean and are added to the cake parade. Once the last photos arrive, it will be up to Jeanne to decide who the STAR BAKER is.

We are so impressed by the cakes that have been made – and overwhelmed by the wonderful support for

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Goodnight for now! Sweet dreams – I think I will be dreaming of a giant cake with a slice of every bloggers’ cake within it.

I am going to re-blog the MUSIC TO BAKE TO post later just in case any of you are still working away in the kitchen.

 

 

A Guy Called Bloke Has Tagged Me For A Friday Funday Challenge That Was Just My Slice Of Cake!

Many of you know the challenges that the wonderful Rory aka A Guy Called Bloke creates. Last year Rory very kindly put together a challenge that suited me down to the ground! It has mostly cake related questions! Please free to have a go at using the questions in Rory’s wonderful challenge. 

I am very grateful to Rory the creator of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! who has very very kindly nominated me for a Friday Funday challenge that was much more my cup of tea than some of the others I was tagged in.  Well…I perhaps I should say it was just my slice of cake?

aguycalledbloke  aguycalledbloke, you probably already know has created some great blogging challenges and is a superb  and very kind man from everything I have seen and heard of him.

I am very proud to present my replies to the questions posed in his recent Friday Funday Challenge:

Friday Funday Challenge – Game On – You Name It!

The Rules …

1] Thank the nominator

2] Answer Q1 – Q19

3] Nominate three bloggers of your choice and notify them.

4] Each selected blogger MUST answer 16 of the asked 19 questions, but also insert 3 new questions to make up the 19 compliment. Every time a new blogger is selected they MUST only answer 16 of the asked 19 questions as well as answer their own 3, and choose 3 new bloggers. Each time a new blogger sees the questionnaire it will be completely different to the next blogger along.

[Hint: delete three of the questions you don’t like or have no answer for and insert your own in its place]

5] Q20 & Q14  Must always remain intact.

[Unless you don’t wish to have your answered shared, l will reblog your answers]

Today, my questions to my 3 blogger’s are?

1] Cupcakes or Teacakes?

To look at cupcakes probably have the edge…goodness you can do a lot with a cupcake…

The possibilities are endless!

buttery toasted teacake (2)To eat…a teacake has to win…oh goodness, oozy buttery crispy fruity toasted teacake with a great pot of tea.  Oh yum!

One of my early posts was about how inferior I feel compared to other women…it was based on a letter I wrote to Goldfinch fairly early on:

I Guess I Am Your Buttery Toasted Teacake

2] Did you / do you have a pet?  Please tell us all about them:

I am not allowed pets under my current tenancy agreement. But in the past, we had pets.

frog (2)Several, mainly cats, but I used to look after our neighbours pets too while they went on holiday…the one I had the biggest soft-spot for though was the one that got away.  I found him in a pond…took him home.  He had other plans clearly…which was probably the best thing for him.  (I think it was a him).

I am talking about my pet frog.

Frogs are fascinating to me.  The variety of size and colour amongst frogs is incredible.  As soon as I learnt more about them at school I was delighted because the were amphibious…something that I wanted to be.

3] If animals had no fear of humans and we had no fear of certain animals…is there a particular animal you would love to be able to observe closely?

When I was at primary school a man used to come once or twice a year and share his slide show with the class.  I think his name was Mr Crabtree, but I might be totally mistaken.  The photographs were of his dives, mainly off the coast Scotland or Wales.  We saw seals, dolphins and whales as well as many other fish and coastal birds.

Mr Crabtree used to ask the class if we had any questions…some were a bit shy, so to help get the ball rolling my hand would shoot up, and I would ask the same question as I had the time before, and the time before that…”What is the biggest creature in the sea?”  Mr Crabtree would smile and tell me it was the blue whale.

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Since I was five years old and first heard this wonderful information about the blue whale, I have been in awe…I can’t convey the excitement in my bones at the thought of being close to a blue whale.

I would love to spend years out on boats studying them.  I am pretty mesmerised by the idea.

4] What is the biggest audience you have ever faced? (school plays, karaoke, speeches or any other kind of situation where all eyes and ears were on view?)

Actually, I was on stage in front of an audience of 15,000 at an arena.  I have been in front of lots of smaller audiences – more around 1000.  But being at the arena was terrifying because of the way the sound system works.  It kind of echos around the speakers, so I could hear my own voice bouncing back at me…so strange.  You have to ignore what you can hear and carry on.

5] What is the alternative name to the film ‘Too Many Chefs?’

I have never heard of it…but Google says: Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe?

6] Do you have a favourite flower?

Uh….I would love to say daisies…like Meg Ryan’s character in “You’ve Got Mail”…yes I think they are the friendliest flower beyond doubt!

I used to have a massive thing for sunflowers – except that they can become such giant monstrosities can’t they!

wild flower bouquetAfter reading “Villette” by Charlotte Bronte I went through a phase of claiming I would not want to receive flowers as a gift because Lucy Snowe said: “I like to see flowers growing, but when they are gathered, they cease to please. I look on them as things rootless and perishable; their likeness to life makes me sad. I never offer flowers to those I love; I never wish to receive them from hands dear to me.”

Then I realized I was being obnoxiously profound, and I should be heartily grateful for any flowers that came my way!  The most romantic and poetic choice for a bouquet has to be wildflowers.

7] Favourite muffin flavour?

salted caramel muffinI am not really allowed muffins on my strict new “ONCE ON THE LIPS FOREVER ON THE HIPS” food regime.  |But knowing me, if I was going to give into temptation it would not be for a skinny lemon and poppyseed muffin.  I am much more likely to break my diet with a full on calorific uber-delicious sweetest treat available.

It has to be a salted caramel surely.  I love variety and I try new flavours and love them, but goodness if you are going to have a muffin, it’s best to just get the stickiest, oooey goooeyest muffin on display is it not?

8] What’s the best cake you have ever baked? Why?

blondies.JPGOooooh…goodness, I have baked so many many cakes.  I know which are my own favourites, but what matters is how much others like them.

I remember making around one hundred white chocolate and hazelnut blondies and taking them down to a construction project.  Ooooey, goooey, nutty and sweet.  The volunteers loved them…they were the perfect boost for exhausted limbs.  I had requests for them for several years afterwards.

9] Where did the term ‘Royal Icing’ get its name from?

I don’t know to be honest, but this is what Google told me:

There is a myth that it was named royal after it gained widespread publicity when images of Victoria and Albert’s bride cake (wedding cake) were circulated, but this is untrue, not least because the real boost came when images of their eldest daughter’s wedding cake were published in papers such as the Illustrated London News (not founded until 1842), by which time the name had been in use for over 80 years.

I have no idea if this is true…only t’internet thinks so.

10] What is your favourite colour of the rainbow?

I love anything between green and blue.

Sky to sea to grassy meadow…aaaah!  Love this end of the spectrum.

11] If you were a Mr Men or Little Miss character which one would you be?

little missI guess Little Miss Sunshine seems most appropriate overall.

I guess it’s a natural part of me to try to brighten someone else’s day if I possibly can.

Yup…I just looked through the list of Little Miss characters…and it’s pretty certain, that’s what my friends would say.

12] Coffee and biscuits, tea and cake or beer and crisps?

I am going to admit…I happily could do any of these depending on the company I was with.

But if I was on my own it probably would be coffee and biscuits.  I discovered their delicious combination when I was about seven and my mother had to ban me from drinking coffee because I was becoming an addict to caffeine!

I was convinced that biscuits made me swim faster. So I would gobble around six custard creams (dunked in coffee preferably) and then it felt as if I had an extra edge in the swimming pool when I was racing.

peter kayI am reminded of a certain Peter Kay sketch about Rich Tea v HobNobs and their dunking merits.  I am not recommending it because of the bad language…but except for the colourful terms, it is hilarious.

If there was a video clip of his biscuit sketch available without the bad language I would have added a link here, but I can’t find one.

13] What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done?

embarrassed.jpgI seem to be very good at embarrassing myself…only now I have reached the stage that I can brush it off so much more quickly!

I have written a few posts about occasions I was deeply embarrassed or felt incredibly awkward and have a hundred more stories  I am sure.

Where do I begin?…

  • Was it flashing the finance director when I was 18?
  • Was it when strawberries leaked all over my white skirt and I had a big red patch on my skirt (would be with the young man I had a major teenage crush on)?
  • Was it when I was grabbed by a haystack and dragged up on to the stage at a theatre and made to dance with the other characters?
  • Was it when Buttons dragged me up onto the stage during “Cinderella” at a theatre?  I am sure that was not in his script – I blame my friends.
  • Was it the first time I dived off a boat into water and lost my bikini briefs?
  • Was it deciding to jump of the boat instead of diving and losing my bikini top?
  • Was it being dragged by a team of waiters onto a stage to try to get the karaoke night I had suggested going…and singing for over an hour in front of an audience of hundreds of holiday makers?
  • Was it when I had to take my bosses dog to the vet and something (I think it was an abscess) inside the poor hound burst splattering the vet with (I won’t go into detail) all over her face?
  • waitingWas it standing outside a train station for almost three hours waiting to meet a man who had been sending me love-letters for a year….and he never showed up?
  • Was it doing a cartwheel and landing on the wall of our friend’s paddling pool and splitting the plastic so that all the water gushed out?
  • Was it turning up at a training session for around a thousand people involved in an event and as soon as the training video started seeing myself on the big screen (we had filmed it a couple of years earlier and I had absolutely no idea it would be used at an event I would attend as a trainee)?  Can you imagine the reaction of everyone who was around me!

14] Which 3 questions will you be deleting to add your own in?

3, 4 and 6

(Rory I tried to ask Google for some help with that #3…and I was baffled, absolutely baffled!

15] Can you do any impersonations, if so who?

I can beat-box…I am on a video with scores of other unlikely beat-boxers…in fact, I think I am the grand finale.  We were impersonating a celebrity.  It was a surprise for his engagement party.

muppetsI can impersonate several of the muppets.  Who else?  Erm…I am sure I have done impersonations in the past, but not for ages.

I  have a friend who is brilliant at impersonations but he is always upsetting our friends by impersonating them and causing anger!  He is not exactly flattering.

16] What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Besides Goldfinch?…hmm….

Tyrell’s vegetable Crisps.

17] Uh oh, you have gone to a dinner party and the dessert is diabolical, what do you say to the host when she/he asks for your honest opinion?

I am a master of tact.  I have been in that position many times and am incredibly careful in my choice of words.

“This is such an interesting combination of flavours.  You must give us the recipe later.”

I have travelled all over the country on voluntary projects and have enjoyed a lot of very delicious home-cooking.  But every now and then we were presented with something that was “challenging” to enjoy…but we were over polite and gracious.

18] If you could kill off any one character from a TV show who would it be and why?

I didn’t have a TV for over ten years, so I am fairly new to TV.  My Dad recommended the BBC’s “Poldark” to me.  I have to admit George Warleggen is really getting on my nerves.  What on earth is his problem?

He has lost the plot!  That is not normal behaviour and I think he needs to sit down with a big glass of milk and a plate of cookies and talk about his issues with someone.  I am surprised he is not bent over with pain – he is such a misery guts.  I just wish he could be genuinely happy and drop his obnoxiousness!

19] If you were a fancy piece of jewellery what would you be?

I think I would be a pair of earrings…something simple but sparkly, like a little pair of diamond studs.  They don’t get in the way, they just sit unobtrusively and and make someone else look classy.

I am not keen on jewellery myself…except for a simple pair of earrings.  I often break or lose anything else…or fiddle with it all night, and just generally annoy myself.

20] The three bloggers you are nominating are?

    Cadie Mclendon

Violetta Sochka Khamis    Violetta Sochka Khamis

A huge thank you to Rory…and I hope these three fantastic bloggers have as much fun as I did with this week’s Friday Funday Challenge!

via Awkward — Word of the Day Challenge

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/awkward/