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Inspirational cake recipes to get ready for Bake Off

7 inspirational cake recipes to get ready for Bake Off

by Great British Chefs 29 August 2017

It might have have switched channels and have some new faces to get familiar with, but Bake Off is back for 2017! Here are seven incredible cakes to get you in the mood for flour-dusted hands and intense oven-watching.

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‘No Mary Berry?! A possible lack of cake-based innuendo?! Adverts?! It’ll never work!’ That’s what many of you thought when it was announced that the Great British Bake Off was upping sticks to Channel 4 last year. Despite the initial backlash, however, the first episode has received generally positive reviews, and it looks like the format hasn’t changed one bit (apart from the odd leftfield comment from new presenter Noel Fielding). With it airing tonight at 8pm, we’ll be able to make up our own minds; what we can expect, however, is lots and lots of cake.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of our most impressive, showstopping cake recipes. Towering layers, flavourful ingredients, stunning decorations and pretty piping come as standard with every one of these beauties, and while they might take a few hours to create, the results are well worth it. Happy baking!

1. Lemonade cake

Most keen home bakers can whip up a passable lemon drizzle cake, but a lemonade cake? That’s much more impressive. With three layers of zest-infused sponge, a zingy lemonade syrup, candied lemon slices and a lemon icing made with sherbet for a bit of fizz, this is an ideal choice for summertime baking. A few edible flowers on top make it look as good as it tastes.

2. Blackberry marshmallow cake

Blackberries are everywhere during late August and early September, so it makes perfect sense to incorporate them in a beautiful four-tier chocolate layer cake. Everything is sandwiched together with a blackberry liqueur jam, before being enveloped in icing made from marshmallow fluff. To top it all off, there’s a chocolate glaze and plenty of fresh whole blackberries, adorned with edible gold and dark chocolate curls.

3. Austrian coffee cake

Claire Clark is the queen of cake making, so it’s no surprise that her coffee cake looks fit for royalty. The sponge is baked in a bundt tin before being soaked in rum-infused sweet coffee and covered in whipped vanilla cream while a dusting of freeze-dried raspberries, a sprinkle of crystallised rose petals and quartered fresh figs provides the decoration. For such an impressive looking cake it’s a cinch to make, too.

4. Chocolate mousse cake with raspberries

If you like chocolate then you’ll love this – a perfect marriage of mousse and cake from the very talented chef William Drabble. Thick, rich chocolate mousse is sandwiched between two thin layers of chocolate cake, which is then covered completely in a shiny chocolate glaze. To counteract all that richness, there’s a raspberry sorbet served on the side, with some tangy raspberry sauce added for good measure.

5. Mocha layer cake

If you’re looking to impress, then the sheer height of Angela Field’s layer cake is guaranteed to do the job. Four layers of espresso and cacao-flavoured sponge are stuck together and covered with a thin layer of chocolate buttercream, before a mocha-flavoured glaze gets poured on top. The cacao nibs offer a bit of crunch against the fluffy cake and smooth, rich icing, which contrasts perfectly with the bitter coffee. An absolute beauty of a cake.

6. Ombre raspberry cake

For something a little more contemporary (and very Instagram-friendly), Sally Abé’s ombre cake looks like it’s come straight from a fashion shoot. The sponges – stuck together with raspberry jam – are flecked with lemon thyme leaves, with crystallised lemon thyme to garnish. The gradient effect on the outside is achieved by making several batches of buttercream with different amounts of red food colouring, then smoothing them all together.

7. Raspberry and rose chocolate cake

Raspberry, rose and chocolate is a tried and tested flavour combination that’s guaranteed to please, and this cake puts all three centre-stage. Three perfect cocoa sponges are sandwiched together with pretty pink blobs of rose Swiss meringue buttercream, with a central core of raspberry jam hidden away inside. A few dried rose petals on top set this cake off perfectly, and it’ll go perfectly with a cup of fruit tea.

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