Bake a cake…

Join in the fun of Bake It Better Week to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital – and see how much of the Great British Bake Off has rubbed off on you with our baking quiz…


Celebrities including Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers, TV cook Sophie Dahl, actress Fay Ripley and Coronation Street’s Wendi Peters have joined Great British Bake Off contestants and others to share their favourite recipes for this year’s charity Bake It Better Week (13-19 October).

The event aims to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity by encouraging bakers across the country to gather their family, friends and colleagues and organise cake sales to raise more than £125,000 to help fund state-of-the-art facilities at the hospital where a parent or carer can stay by their child’s bedside.

GBBO contestants Kimberly Wilson, Cathryn Dresser, Glenn Cosby – plus last year’s winner Frances Quinn – have donated their signature bake, including Glenn’s Nutella Baked Cheesecake, Cathryn’s Raspberry Slices and Frances’ Almond Biscuit Plasters.

Francess Quinn said, “I’m honoured to share my recipe to help such a fantastic cause, I’m passionate about everything I make and to know that the money raised will help patients and their families is the icing on the cake.”

Bakers will get a fundraising pack full of ideas, including recipes from celebrities, patients and hospital staff, decorations for your bake sale, tips to boost donations and lots more to help you make the most of your event.

Meanwhile, as you’re waiting for your chosen recipes to bake, rise or set, why not take part in our fun baking quiz?

How much do you know about baking?

1 Who or what is the Victoria Sponge named after?

a Victoria Beckham

b The Australian state of Victoria

c Queen Victoria

2 Where is the bright green prinsesstårta cake from?

a Spain

b Sweden

c Austria

3 What does ‘blind baking’ refer to?

a Baking a pie without its filling

b Baking without weighing any ingredients beforehand

c Setting a mixture in the fridge before baking it

4 What is traditional ratio of sugar to butter and flour in shortbread?

a Two parts sugar to one part butter to three parts flour

b One part sugar to two parts butter to three parts flour

c Equal amounts of each

5 What area is parkin or perkin cake most often associated with?

a Lincolnshire

b Scotland

c Yorkshire

6 What shape is a bundt cake?

a Ring shaped

b A long rectangle

c Sausage shaped

7 What kind of pastry are chocolate éclairs and profiteroles made from?

a Short crust

b Filo

c Choux

8 What is millefeuille?

a A layered sponge cake of jam and custard

b A rich cake consisting of thin layers of puff pastry filled with jam and cream

c A pastry filled with cream and topped with chocolate

9 Which of these is not usually included in baked Alaska?

a Sugar

b Ice cream

c Crème fraiche

10 How many layers does a schichttorte traditionally comprise?

a 10

b 4

c 20


1c 2b 3a 4b 5c 6a 7c 8b 9c 10c


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