On Sunday I went along to the Currys in the Kitchen Glasgow Blogger bake-off which was held at The Cookery School in the Jacobean Corsetry Building in Glasgow. The event was organised by Joe Blogs Network on behalf of Currys.
I’m no baker, in fact nothing kitchen related is my forte, so I was a bit nervous about going but I thought it would be fun all the same and it was :) There were a lot of bloggers there so it good day for meeting other Scottish bloggers.
Once we had all arrived we split into teams of three to bake. I teamed up with Lynne and Paula who were both lovely, you can check out their blogs here and here. We tried our best but none of us were up-tight about creating masterpieces so we had a lot of fun.
Although we weren’t expecting to create masterpieces, the chef from The Cookery School, Danny McArdle taught us well and demonstrated everything very clearly so I surprised myself by creating some cakes that I was actually proud to take home.
Image courtesy of Joe Blogs Network
Danny showed us how to bake scones, cupcakes, muffins and a Victoria sponge:
Danny also gave us a great tip for adding filling to small cakes like cupcakes. Use a tooth pick to make a small hole in the cake and twist until you it is big enough to insert the filing using an icing bag.
Toothpicks are also really handy when it comes to decorating too:
When we weren’t baking we were eating, so I can’t tell you which part of the day was most fun. We got to eat one of our scones with some tea and then later we had lunch, I had a lovely soup which I scoffed before I thought to take a picture of it (blogger fail I know) and then we were offered raspberry panna cotta’s.
After we had made all of our a bakes it was time to box them up:
I took a nice full box of cakes home as you can see. See that cupcake with the butterflies on it? I originally tried to make that a halloween cupcake which was topped with white chocolate and had the word ‘Boo’ written on it in milk chocolate but I messed it up quite a bit. This wasn’t too much of a problem as I just used a toothpick to swirl the 2 chocolates together to create a new design and hide my mistake. My top baking tip? Keep a toothpick handy.They can be used for everything from making it easier to fill cakes, decorating and disguising mistakes.
Once our cakes were boxed up it was time to find out who had won the competitions of the day (best baking tip in a tweet and best instagram pic)
Congratulations to the winners who won Kenwood Patissier Food Mixers
The blogger on the left is Charlotte who was seated at the same table as me during lunch. She’s really nice and has a cool blog – coloursandcarousels
The rest of us didn’t leave empty handed either, in addition to our bakes we also got to take home great goody-bags:
I couldn’t believe we were all given Kenwood Kmix’s from Currys. Since I got that, a nice little recipe book and I learned a lot about baking on Sunday I’ll definately be spending this weekend in the kitchen :)
If you bake too or if like me you want to start and you want some funky kit then check out Currys kitch range at http://www.currys.co.uk/
Thanks to Joe Blogs Network, Currys and The Cookery School for a great day!
If you want to find out more about the day or read posts from some other bloggers who were there then check out #currysinthekitchen on twitter or visit http://techtalk.currys.co.uk/cooking-home-appliances/bloggers-bake-off-the-cookery-school-glasgow/