GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF SHOWSTOPPERS

Photography: Kelly Harmer

I’m no baker, let’s get that little confession out there. I enjoy making cakes from time to time, I LOVE eating them, and I’m a huge fan of the Great British Bake Off.

My kind of happy sits more with other DIYs and thinking creatively to style things in beautiful ways, which is why I’m absolutely beside myself with excitement that I’ve teamed up with Swan for their stunning Fearne by Swan range because I got to style these super cool pieces AND EAT SOMEONE ELSE’S CAKE at the same time. Heaven or what?! I think you’ll agree that they’re all showstoppers in their own right and if you look closely in the GBBO tent you’ll see the colourful appliances from this range being used by the contestants too.

Most of the time my styling features a DIY or two of my own, but I’ve dipped out this time for fear of a soggy bottom disaster and have enlisted the help of my good friend and incredibly talented Kerry from Angel’s Kitchen instead. Kerry created the delicious cakes that worked so beautifully with this range and she’s kindly shared her yummy chocolate cake recipe plus tutorial on how to make those beautiful flowers as shown on the cupcakes.

So impress your very own Paul Hollywood or Prue Leith and get ready, set, BAKE!…

Kerry’s secret chocolate recipe cake:

To make the flower decorations you will need:

Foam pad

Small acrylic rolling pin

Flower mould for centre

Five petal rose cutter in two sizes

Flower or modelling paste

A cardboard apple tray or similar (to dry the flowers in)

1.

Roll out the paste to approximately 1mm

2.

Cut out 2 sizes of the flowers

3.

Place into foam pad and roll the edges with the end of rolling pin to both thin and curl them

4.

Place the flowers in an apple tray or similar to dry

5.

Make centres of the flowers using coloured paste and a flower mould

6.

Assemble each flower with the two sizes plus centre using a small amount of edible glue or water

7.

Use to decorate cupcakes, style on a beautiful tiered stand or cake holder and admire! (then put the kettle and some stretchy pants on in preparation for the best bit – getting your guests over and eating it!)

I don’t know about you but I can’t eat cake without a satisfying cup of tea, which is even better when made in a stylish teapot…

Fearne Cotton speaks in her book ‘Happy’ about finding joy in the every day, baking for her being one source of joy, and I think it’s safe to say that this opportunity brought a huge amount of happy, including my family who got to devour the cake and enjoy a pop of colour in our kitchen.

I’m a LOT in love with the ombre mugs and Teapot, Sugar and Creamer Set, it even matches my jumper, he he! I have my eyes on the appliances to bring some colour to the corner under the cupboards, perhaps a toaster or kettle and I know my hubby would love the enamel pan set.

Coming soon will be my DIY pink ombre tablecloth to bring even more ombre deliciousness to the household.

Thank you so much to Jess from Secret Garden of Axbridge for the urn of fresh flowers, eucalyptus and willow. I love how the wildness contrasts with the structured shapes on display and that the dark leaves pick up the rich chocolate cake!

Please tag @ohsokel and use #OSKinspired on Instagram if you create something after seeing this post. I’d love to see the results.

Until next time,

OSK xx

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