Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Get your kitchen ready for the GBBO // Lifestyle

Cakes like GBBO

Recipes of unique and elaborate creations, Twitter due to explode into a  critical frenzy of sofa judges,  and viewers eagerly awaiting a surge in jealousy and inspiration, it can only mean one thing The Great British Bake Off is back!

A social buzz has already begun as we welcome Mary Berry back onto our screens, and quite frankly I cannot wait! Even though I am not the most fantastic chef in the world, I love to give things a go particularly where baking is concerned. I have already looked at what I need update in my kitchen kit, so that is essentially what I'm going to be talking you through today. How can you get your kitchen GBBO ready?





GBBO Mixers


// Mixer

First thing I have to say, (and is top of my list) is a mixer of some description. I spent years denying myself of one because I thought I could do it just as fine without. I was very, very wrong. When I finally gave in and got one, baking was so much easier - admittedly I've had to up my weight training to compensate, (due to muscles not being used as much!) but my cakes and homemade goodies have been so much more light and fluffy because of it.


GBBO Cake Baking



The other day I was doing a kitchen clear out and realised I needed new basic utensils, i.e. whisk, rolling pin, spatula. etc I've had the same ones probably since university, and whilst they still work fine they are looking rather old now. I want something new and preferably nothing that has been half melted because I burnt it!

- Rolling pin
- Measuring cups
- Pastry brush
- Sieve
- Spatula
- Whisk
- Mixing bowls

// Baking Tins

If cakes are your thing, then having a good set of tins is pretty much a priority! Look out for something easy to get your cake out of, like the Paul Hollywood one above. 


// Icing kit

It wouldn't be bake off without some reference along the way about icing! I am not the best at icing and would really like to improve this year, so getting a decent kit may help me along my way.

*Bluebellgray Fine China 12 Piece Set

// Crockery

Presentation is everything in GBBO, so if you have a fabulous looking plate to pop it on then you're really on your way to the win. I have basic white plates, (even though I do think you should have a basic white set) having something for a special occasion as well is a good move.

*PiP Studio Bloomingdales 3 Tier Cake Stand

// Cake stand

This has got to be the most obvious right? I'd say two kinds of cake stand should be in your reach. You'll need one for your Victoria sponge in the form of a single tier, then I'd suggest a 3 tier cake stand in case you fancy making cup cakes. Maybe you could try my Gin and Tonic ones here.
// Storage

You don't always want cakes on display so best to have nice tins that you could potentially leave out on the side.  They're pretty and great for when you have guests over for tea and cake... which is essentially why we love to bake!

I'm feeling almighty hungry just thinking about GBBO. I may even head off to the kitchen now and bake some cakes for the bank holiday weekend. Are you feeling inspired by GBBO this year? What do you want to learn to bake?

*Post in collaboration with John Lewis*
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22 comments

  1. A good mixer is super important, I'm currently trying to look for a good & affordable free hand mixer. x

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  2. These are my dream items I want/need, we don't have a mixer and it is something I keep looking at and yearning over, dropped very unsubtle hints that get ignored. I love baking and this would make my life so much easier x

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  3. I love GBBO but this year I won't be baking along as I simply must lose weight and can do without the temptation.

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  4. Ahh this is a fab post - I hope you enjoys GBBO last night?

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  5. Now those are some gorgeous items - I love all the delicious things that appear when GBBO comes on TV. x

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  6. I'm not a big fan of GBBO but I love baking and definitely love buying stuff for my kitchen!

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  7. I have never watched the GBBO, it's not really my kind of thing but I do love baking myself so some of these bits are so cute, esp the cake stand x

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  8. I can definitely bake, but i haven't done in quite some time x

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  9. We grew up with cake tins and I love the ones here. I also have both kind of mixers for baking too!

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  10. I'm so tempted to treat myself to a KitchenAid, they look great!

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  11. Oh my gosh I love all of this stuff! Would you believe I've only ever watched one episode of the GBBO? The final where Shetlander James Morton was competing (and only because I was at a friend's house and she was watching it!)

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  12. OMG I want all of these things!! GBBO encourages me to dig out my old cake tins - I'm going to make a lemon drizzle cake this week I think x

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  13. Fantastic post. I need to get a mixer to make baking easier.

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  14. Wow, that Smeg Mixer is just amazing isn't it? I would love that x

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  15. I have seen some amazing bakes recently. would love to try and bake more with the kids. Loving those cake tins

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  16. I am not the best baker but I live in a baking household and I feel you on the mixer love. Once they got one I was much more willing to help, I don't have the patience to do it manually ha

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  17. That pink mixer looks amazing and would look so nice in my kitchen *need*

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  18. I love The Great British Bake Off :) It's time to bake again!

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  19. I want all these pieces!!! My kitchen is as far from a GBBO kitchen as you can get- I need to change that!

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  20. We could do with some nice crockery! We big fans of Emma Bridgewater :) Some lovely selections here too!

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  21. I think am covered and have everything I need, so I'm ready to bake ;-)

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  22. I love baking - I would love all my utensils to be pink!! Love that pink SMEG mixer :)

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