The Great British Bake Off. How did we wait a year for it to be back?
The familiar comfort that washes over you when the theme music starts, like seeing an old friend after too long apart. Who in the nation wasn’t sitting in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and big smile plastered across their face as GBBO 2016 finally started?
Week 1 saw the bakers make a classic bake, a household favourite, the understated drizzle cake.
The technical challenge then requested that the bakers make a batch of Jaffa Cakes. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t even know Jaffa Cakes could be homemade. I’ve only ever known them from the packet and I’ve never actually liked Jaffa Cakes but maybe that’s why. If I were to try one of Mary Berry’s, would my Jaffa world be turned upside down?
The final task, the showstopper round, was a mean first round showstopper! A genoise sponge with mirror glaze. I’ve made this kind of cake once before and the genoise was rubbery enough to bounce, which apparently is down to over-baking according to ol’ Silver Fox, Pauly H.
The contestants did so well with the showstopper and they almost inspired me to have another go.
I then realised, it’s bank holiday weekend, who wants to spend a day stressing over a genoise and a glossy mirror glaze finish?
So in honour of GBBO Week 1, I have gone back to basics with a drizzle cake. A simple, classic, quick and easy bake that is delicious enough to please the whole family.
The most classic drizzle is a tart lemon drizzle. Can you beat it? Probably not, although an orange drizzle is also a dream, both refreshing and more-ish.
I started thinking, what other flavours could I make a drizzle cake with?
Chocolate orange.. would that work as a drizzle cake? Perhaps… if I marbled orange sponge together with chocolate sponge and drizzled orange syrup over it…
I tried it and it looked good enough. It smelt really good! I asked Chaz (my signif. other) if he wanted a slice, which he obviously did because he is never full. He finished it and returned his plate for another slice. Yes, he may never be full but he’s got to enjoy something to request more.
Below is my recipe for a Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake and if you want to make any of the recipes from the current series of Great British Bake Off, here is my affiliate link to get the accompanying Great British Bake Off Series 7 Book on Amazon.
Yes, it’s out already! Eeeeeeee!
I have had to fight with every ounce of my being not to look at every recipe- I can’t spoil the surprise of what’s coming in the rest of the series! I admit though that I had a small peak and I saw both the chocolate caramel mirror glaze cake and the white chocolate mirror glaze cake in there. So if a glaze cake is amongst your bake off goals, they’ve got you covered.
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The combination of the refreshing orange and the rich chocolate in this cake really hits the spot, especially when you’re not sure what kind of dessert you fancy! It’s a totally innocent way to sneak both in.
Enjoy your bank holiday weekend, do some baking and let’s look forward to what week 2 will bring.
Want more Bake Off Make Off?
Click here for Week 2 Banoffee Biscuit Whirls
Click here for Week 3 Cinnamon Swirls
Click here for Week 4 Churro Cupcakes
Click here for Week 5 Bakewell Tart
Click here for Week 6 Meringue Brownies
Click here for Week 7 White Choc Passionfruit Roulade
Click here for Week 8 Tudor Knots
Click here for Week 9 Chocolate Pinwheels