I'm not certain I love it that much as a concept - it's all a bit "reality TVish" what with the tears and recriminations and whatnot - but I do like cake and, as with all these things, they are very good at making it compelling viewing, even if it makes the viewer feel a bit grubby 😀.
Anyway, I thought that maybe I could use it to channel my baking energies and become an Awesome Baker, so I'm going to try to "bake along" with the technical challenges.
(In all likelihood, this will only last for a week or two - I have a very back track record with consistency...)
Here's the first one, then - the Mary Berry Cherry Cake, which can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/marys_cherry_cake_17869
It seems like a pretty straightforward one to start with - I don't think it was too challenging for the TV people, or, happily, for me...
I've never washed glacé cherries before, though - that seems like utterly bizarre behaviour to me.
Here is my cake. I think MB would be disappointed with the consistency of my icing, but otherwise pretty good (and it was her recipe, after all 😉).
And here is the inside - good distribution of cherries, I'd say, though a wee bit dry for my taste, perhaps.
I also made a big (entirely unnecessary) pile of doughnuts from the Justin Gellatly book of loveliness.