Guest stars of the Cake & Bake Show, coming to Edinburgh at the end of this month, share a few kitchen secrets with Gaby Soutar

Anticipating withdrawal symptoms after the Great British Bake Off finale tonight? Then book a ticket for The Cake & Bake Show at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre from 30th October to 1st November. They’ve partnered with this BBC1 baking show to create a new Great British Bake Off Live stage where you can watch demonstrations from former champions. There will also be a host of familiar faces in the Super Cake & Bake Theatre and the Baking and Decorating Classroom. We spoke to a few of the stars, with no mention of the dreaded soggy bottoms.

Brendan Lynch, Great British Bake Off finalist 2012

What will you be doing at the Cake & Bake Show?

Three demos featuring a savoury Danish; la tarte Tropézienne (a famous French classic of the south) and choux cygnets.

Why do you love baking?

I love what you can achieve from taking everyday ingredients and transforming them into something special. It’s also a great vehicle for concentrating the mind.

What’s your signature cake/bake?

Gateau St Honoré. I make several variations of this French classic.

Biggest baking disaster?

Tarte tatin. I misread the oven instructions and the caramel didn’t fuse with the apples, so it didn’t set. It was embarrassingly under-baked.

Cake, biscuit, pastry or bread?

A hobby is making breads of the world and I have now covered Western Europe and most of Scandinavia.

John Whaite, author and Great British Bake Off winner 2012

John Whaite. Picture: PA

John Whaite. Picture: PA

What will you be doing at the Cake & Bake Show?

Demonstrating how to make cakes and treats, as well as a more technical class on crème patissiere and crème Anglaise.

Why do you love baking?

I find it takes my mind off things.

What’s your signature cake/bake?

I’m obsessed with whisky and peanut butter as a combination, but I’m sure I’ll soon be onto something else.

Biggest baking disaster?

I almost got kicked off GBBO for putting salt into something rather than sugar. Now I always test the ingredient before I use it.

Cake, biscuit, pastry or bread?

That’s like being asked to choose a favourite child!

Lisa Faulkner, actor, author and winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2010

Lisa Faulkner actor, author and winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2010. Picture: PA

Lisa Faulkner actor, author and winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2010. Picture: PA

What will you be doing at the Cake & Bake Show?

Demonstrating how to make an orange almond cake with passion fruit icing, pancetta and ricotta tarts, strawberry milk cake and lemon meringue sandwich cookies with Betty’s lemon curd.

Why do you love baking?

I just get transported and whatever is happening in my life I get that moment to create.

What’s your signature cake/bake?

Strawberry fantasy cake. It’s delicious served warm, so you can have it straight from the oven.

Biggest baking disaster?

Right now, my kitchen is a pastry hell.

Cake, biscuit, pastry or bread? 

Biscuit – because I can have it with a lovely cup of tea.

Gregg Wallace, MasterChef presenter

Gregg Wallace, MasterChef presenter. Picture: PA

Gregg Wallace, MasterChef presenter. Picture: PA

What will you be doing at the Cake & Bake Show?

I’ll be hosting the baking demonstrations.

Why do you love baking?

I love making bread, especially focaccia. Bashing the dough onto the work surface is like a mini workout. And there’s the smell that drifts throughout the house.

What’s your signature cake/bake?

As I mentioned, I love focaccia. But I also like to make pavlova.

Biggest baking disaster?

This year’s Celebrity MasterChef when Sam (Nixon) made a rhubarb crumble.

Cake, biscuit, pastry or bread?

Despite my sweet tooth, I’d say bread.  Bread is a part of life.

Eric Lanlard, master patissier

Eric Lanlard, master patissiere. Picture: PA

Eric Lanlard, master patissiere. Picture: PA

What will you be doing at the Cake & Bake Show?

Demonstrations, meeting the fans, seeing what’s new.

Why do you love baking?

I have wanted to make cakes and pastries ever since I was a boy aged six at home in Brittany.

What’s your signature cake/bake?  

A pear tarte tatin.

Biggest baking disaster?

I was probably six and trying to make chocolate eclairs. Far too ambitious.

Cake, biscuit, pastry or bread?  

Cake or pastry.

• Tickets for the Cake & Bake Show are priced at £12, see www.thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk or call 0844 854 1364

About The Author

Gaby Soutar

Gaby Soutar is a lifestyle editor at The Scotsman. She has been reviewing restaurants for The Scotsman Magazine since 2007 and edits the weekly food pages.

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