So here we are, it’s almost March and next week sees the start of the new series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard – Monday, 5 March on Channel 4 at 12.05pm – Monday to Friday – for four weeks – 20 brand new episodes. We are all very excited at Cake Boy. I have had a sneak preview and it looks amazing – very glossy indeed! The recipes look particularly yummy and mouth-watering and once more on HD every detail is highlighted including my trade mark - touch of edible glitter – the shimmer and the shine on screen even puts the Crown Jewels to shame!
This series every episode will feature three recipes:
A Quick Bake – filmed in my own kitchen using store cupboard ingredients and equipment that everyone should have at home even the novice baker.
A Dessert Bake – again this is filmed in my kitchen (watch out for Bobby the Cat!). I take a great British classic (you know already that I am a true anglophile so I had a lot of fun with this) and turn it into a very glamorous dessert that is guaranteed to impress your friends and family at your next dinner party.
And finally a Bake Off filmed at Cake Boy. Three amateur Bakers compete for a place in a Master Class with moi in our professional kitchen. Each baker is given a theme – pies, tarts or celebration cakes and they have to come up with a recipe that will impress me. The standard was high but I think we have found some great future bakers.
I really hope that you will enjoy the series as much as we loved making it.
Follow this link for behind the scene videos and more information about the series.
Last Friday I filmed a promotional video for the launch of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard series 1 – it’s going to air in South Africa on the BBC Lifestyle Channel. We filmed some exclusive recipes and tips as well as the introduction for a Baking Competition. As soon as I can tell you more all will be revealed ….but if I were you down in the Cape I would be practising my best cupcake recipes!!!!!
For upcoming info for South Africalog on to: www.BBCSOUTHAFRICA.com
A change from the world of Baking – this coming Wednesday I am hosting a Ladies lunch for one of my favourite charities Back Up (http://www.backuptrust.org.uk/Home ).
Back Up is a national charity that has helped thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds rebuild their confidence and independence after a spinal cord injury. Our wheelchair skills training, mentoring service and rehabilitative activity courses are all run by people who have a spinal cord injury themselves. The Back Up team does an amazing job with very little money and no support from the government. After years of helping on the sidelines I decided to get more involved on the fundraising efforts. We are trying to introduce some ‘fresh blood’ to such a good cause and of course maybe a touch of glamour too – it seems to always help with raising money!
We have managed to get some great high powered women like Karen Millen OBE, Caroline Quentin and Lesley Clark (from the Nicky Hairdressing salon empire) to lend their support. As well as some other entrepreneurs or ladies who personally have a relative or a friend with spinal injuries. The idea behind the lunch is to involve all of these lovely women to help create an annual fundraising lunch in November – specifically aimed at women – and help out with a whole programme of activities that includes a Fashion Show.
I am very excited about Wednesday and a bit nervous too – but I know between all these lovely ladies who have responded with such enthusiasm and the team from Back Up I will be OK.
I know that a lot of you have been trying to book our cupcake decorating classes via Red Letter Day and have been told that all dates were fully booked until September. Well you will be pleased to know that we have just added 25 new dates in addition to the existing dates. Do call Red Letter to book one of the new Cup Cake class dates – we look forward to meeting you soon at Cake Boy.
In meantime I will see you next Monday on the ‘Box’ at 12.05pm on Channel 4 – it’s a date!
Happy Baking and make it very stylish with Silver Spoon Create!