Kids have birthday parties based on characters from television shows quite often. But adult birthday parties based on tv shows can be just as much, if not more, fun. This weekend my sister threw a Great British Bake Off Birthday party. If you’re unfamiliar with this show I suggest you remedy that asap.
I watched a lot of The Great British Bake Off in preparation for the show. I needed to nail down all the right catch-phrases. Included the proper way to say “Ready, Set, Bake” to start our show-stopper competition.
For the party Kara, the birthday girl, and one of her guests competed head to head in the show-stopper competition. This meant that they made an entire cake, start to finish, during the party. Everything was set up in the kitchen. Each contestant had their own stand mixer and recipe. And all of the ingredients were in the center of the kitchen (as well as a large trash can.) We used my parents house for the party because they have a double oven, which meant each baker had their own oven to use for baking.
The guests who weren’t competing in the cake baking competition were each asked to bring a specific dish for the party table. We had crumpets, Yorkshire pudding, homemade biscuits, fresh bread, cheese, and scones.
I was in charge of bringing scones and I picked some savory pumpkin sage scones. The party food table were primarily savory dishes since we would cake two cakes at the end of the party for sweets. I picked savory pumpkin scones because I often make sweet pumpkin spice scones and I thought it would be a fun twist.
And lots of red, white, and blue to go with the show theme.
A party that is all about food is bound to keep the guests primarily in the kitchen. We made sure our two bakers were brought drinks and snacks while they worked. And just like the show there was a time limit for the cake baking.
Pouring the chocolate ganache over her Almond Joy cake.
Show stopper cakes have to have some garnish on top!
Our fabulous bakers. The show stopper cake recipes were an Almond Joy cake on the left and Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake on the right.
As Mary Berry and Paul would say, it’s important to be able to see distinct layers in your sponge (cake). The Almond Joy cake featured layers of chocolate sponge with coconut sponge in the middle. (Gotta get those phrases right!)
Kara had prizes for each of her guess. I got some adorable teaspoons that look like owls. She knows me well.
Come back tomorrow for the recipes for both of our show stopper cakes!
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