So it was with some trepidation that I suggested that for Comic Relief this year that ten staff members take part in a Staff Bake Off. Fortunately I work with some rather cool people, or possibly very stupid, who immediately signed up and began planning their bakes, well 9 out of the 10 did, the last person instead began to plot on how best to sabotage everybody else, her solution was to lick each and every bake afterwards.
Over the last month or so the 'friendly' competition escalated into all out warfare with psychological warfare being the preferred method. One baker, printed off a spectacular wedding cake off google images and spent the day convincing people she just whipped it up over the weekend.
Others brought in stuff they made and fed it to other contestants to psyche them out, whilst others had conversations with the sole intention to convince the other person they were doing it wrong, one quote I overheard was that you have to take the green off pistachios before you use them.
Worse than the actual kids some of them.
Anyhoo, competition day came round and bar some last minute sparring, all ten bakers got on with the job admirably and produced some outstanding bakes.
Me in my self elected role of Chief Judge and 3 other
Before I present the top three bakes, here are the remaining 7 in no particular order;
|Lemon Surprise Cupcakes|
|Chocolate Birthday Cake|
|Profiteroles with pistachio cream|
|Coca Cola Cake|
|Black Forest Cake|
|Rennie Mackintosh Chocolate Cake|
and finally, The Bake Off Champion 2013:
|A Cup of Cupcakes|