Monthly Archives: March 2012

Win a chance to appear in the Little Book of Treats!

Our friends at Silver Spoon and Macmillan Cancer Support are collaborating to run an exciting competition for fantastic foodie bloggers in the UK.

They’re looking for keen bloggers who love to bake to enter their favourite luxury recipe to win a chance to feature in the new edition of Macmillan2011 Little Book of Treats Cancer Support’s Little Book of Treats 2012.

The book will be on sale in M&S Cafes  throughout August and September and 100% of the proceeds will go towards people affected by cancer.

The recipes should be

– Innovative and exciting with a touch of  luxuriousness
– Easy to replicate with everyday kitchen utensils and easy to source ingredients
– Visibly pleasing to the eye with a ‘wow’ factor
– Taste great!

Indulgent Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

The winning recipes will appear along with your name and blog in the book. They will be tested by a home economist and photographed professionally. The runners up will be featured on Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning website throughout August and September 2012.

Creme Brulee Cupcakes

How to Enter

To enter e-mail with the title ‘Little Book of Treats‘ in the subject header. Include the following in your e-mail:

– Recipe title
– Recipe ingredients
– Size/how many portions
– Recipe method
– A picture
– Your full name
– A link to your blog

Competition closes on the 25th April 2012, click here for the terms and conditions.

To take part in Macmillan Cancer Supports World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, follow this link to register your event –

The Little Book of Treats Competition – T&Cs

Little Book of Treats Terms and Conditions

  • Acceptance of the rules is a condition of entry and entry instructions form part of the rules. Your personal data will be held by Silver Spoon.
  • This competition is open to UK residents only aged 18 or over and excludes any person whom in the competition organiser’s reasonable opinion, should be excluded due to their involvement or connection with this competition.
  • No purchase necessary for entry.
  • One entry allowed by each entrant only. Entries must be made personally. Entries from agents/third parties are invalid.
  • Entry indicates acceptance of the terms and conditions.
  • Entries must be received no later than midnight (GMT) on 25th April 2012. Entries received after this date will not be entered.
  • The winners and runners up will be selected under independent supervision by the 27th April 2012, and will be notified by e-mail by the 11th May 2012.
  • The prize is that your submitted recipe appears in The Little Book of Treats, a recipe book created by Silver Spoon and Macmillan Cancer Support. The prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative.
  • The runner up recipes will appear on Macmillan Cancer Supports World’s Biggest Coffee Morning website. The prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative.
  • It is a condition of the entry that the competition winners agree to be available for, and participate in, any public relations activity arranged by the Organiser.
  • The Organiser’s decision in all matters relating to the competition is final and legally binding on all entrants and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to alter, amend or foreclose the competition without prior notice.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to amend submitted recipes if deemed necessary.
  • Professional photographs of winning recipes will be taken in the style most suited to appear in the Little Book of Treats,  no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Silver Spoon will have full ownership rights to all professional photos taken of the competition entries.
  • Organiser: Silver Spoon
  • Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Organiser and accordingly the Organiser may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the as a result thereof.
  • Entries not submitted in accordance with the rules, illegible, incomplete or altered will be disqualified.
  • The promotion and the website are subject to English law and the jurisdiction of the English courts.
  • Silver Spoon and any associated or subsidiary company and their agents or subcontractors in any way connected to this site make no representation that the materials contained within this website are appropriate for any country outside the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, not that they comply with any local laws relating to advertising or this type of promotional activity.


Fleur’s Story – Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard

Hi, my name is Fleur, and I will admit to you straight away that I am Baking Mad which is probably just as well given what I am writing about!  I would bake every day if I could, but sometimes taking care of my three small children means that I don’t always have time. I also write a blog called, where I share my baking adventures and all my favourite recipes. 

One recent baking adventure of mine has turned out to be something that I will remember for the rest of my life. It started on a cold autumn day, when I received an email from a good friend of mine saying that she had seen information about a TV show looking for amateur bakers and had thought of me. I clicked on the link a read about an opportunity to take part in a new series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard.  If successful, I would go to Eric’s cake shop in London, Cake Boy, and compete in a mini bake off with two other people. 
I quickly filled in the application form, and then before I knew it I was taking cakes to a casting in London.  The crew kept in touch but it was not until the middle of January when I got the email to say that they would like me to take part. I had just over a weeks notice to decided upon and practice making a cheesecake! I was pleased it was not macaroons that I had to make, but cheesecake…I can’t say I have baked it a great deal.  Well, this was certainly about to change! During that week I made so many cheesecakes that I even starting dreaming about them.  But all the practice was totally worth it as I was very happy with my final decision, and as you will have seen on the show today, I won!!!  

For me winning was just amazing. I knew I could bake, but to be picked as the best by Eric Lanlard has just meant so much to me. The masterclass was fabulous. I learnt a great deal from Eric and just to be part of the fun for longer was great.  It will truly be something I won’t forget.  I’ll be telling my grandchildren and great grandchildren if I’m lucky enough! I even got to say hello to Nigella Lawson, who had just popped by to see Eric.  Starstruck?  Maybe just a bit!

If you would like to try making my trio of cheesecakes, the recipe can be found on my blog here. along with more chat and pictures from the day.  You can also keep up with all my current baking adventures by following me on twitter @Homemadebyfleur

Right, I’m off to bake a cake 🙂

An Update from Eric


Oh what an exciting week it has been!  The weekend kicked off with a great opening – I was invited to my first rugby match at Twickenham. It was the clash of the titans – Ireland v England on St Patrick’s Day – phenomenal despite the awful weather.  It started with pre-match drinks and food with the fine company of many English rugby players (yes my hosts are very keen England rugby supporters). Olly Kohn who plays for Harlequins and runs a sausage company – Jolly Hogan Sausages – with his brother provided the freshly roasted sausages and hog roast – the atmosphere like the sausages was sizzling!  And of course England won so a great result all round!

Olly let me into a secret that Harlequin Rugby Club like so many other rugby clubs has got a secret baking club…..Ooops it is no longer a secret now …. :o)

For those of you who have been watching the Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard series – and looking at the ever growing ratings – there is a lot of you out there I have some answers to your questions. I thought I would share with you my ‘little black book’ of  suppliers.  But first of all I must address one of the most frequently asked questions – after a cameo appearance a week or so ago  – yes, my cat Bobby is a Maine Coon.  Back to my list of suppliers –they are – in no particular order: – this is where I buy all of my flavourings for macaroons and chocolate, rare dried ingredients -eg green tea, bee pollen, dried flowers, popping candy…

Continental Chef Supplies – for all specialised patisserie equipment eg mousse rings, individual mousse mould sets, croquembouche cones etc…

Squires Kitchen – for sugar paste, petal paste, food colouring, edible glitter, moulding chocolate etc…

FPC Sugarcraft – silicone moulds for glamorous cupcake toppings and decorations etc…

Joseph & Joseph – all the colourful and beautiful equipment – eg chopping boards, scales, spatulas, rolling pins etc…

Finally, after a busy week of cupcake and spring baking classes I found time to relax well sort of… I was invited to see the ever fabulous magician Hans Klok.   Hans is originally from Holland but he should have been born on the stage in Vegas.   I have never seen anything like it in this country – it was a great production, fantastic music and the magical tricks were unbelievable! I have seen  many magic shows in my time (I love magic) but I have never seen so many people disappear on stage  or  tables flying over the audience in the space of two hours!  The best thing of all was being able to meet Han after the show –  he is a genuine and lovely guy – we can’t wait for his return to the UK in February 2013. 

All that is left for me to say is enjoy the spring the sunshine – long may it last – it is definitely the weather for some serious baking!

Until next week…

Eric x

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So it is with great excitement that we announce that the UK’s first dedicated Cake and Bake show will be launching in London this September and that we- Baking will be the event’s official sponsor!

 The show will take place at Earls Court between 22nd and 23rd September and includes demonstrations by top celebrity bakers (including The Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry), family friendly features such as kids baking workshops, short technical classes for adults, plus a fabulous foodie marketplace where you will be able to tast, touch, try and buy all the latest products, ingredients and equipment. If you love your baking, this is one event not to be missed!

 For more information, and to book tickets visit the Cake and Bake Show’s official website


Nancy makes Eric Lanlard’s Best Carrot Cake

Hi everyone, it’s me again.

As you’re probably all well aware we are currently in the middle of Series Two of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard, on Channel 4 every weekday at 12.05pm. It’s been an exciting series so far with many delicious cakes and desserts being made. Some of our fabulous bloggers have been having a go at some of Eric’s recipes from the show so I thought why shouldn’t I have a go too!

I was torn between Erics Best Banana Cake and Erics Best Carrot Cake but in the end went for the carrot cake mainly because I didn’t have any ripe bananas and also because I LOVE carrot cake.


Eric’s Best Carrot Cake
(I halved the recipe because I only wanted to make one loaf)
3 Eggs  
175 grams Light Muscovado Sugar (Billington’s)  
200 ml Ground nut oil  
200 grams Self Raising Flour (Allinson Nature Friendly)  
1 tsp Cinnamon ground 
1 tsp Nutmeg ground 
200 grams Carrots grated 
100 grams Sultanas golden 
100 grams Walnuts roasted halves

For the icing:
125 grams Unsalted Butter  
50 grams Cream cheese  
300 grams Golden Icing Sugar (Billington’s) 

Handful of walnuts
Handful of sultanas

First of all preheat your oven to 150C. Grease a regular 25cmx11cm (10×4.25 inch) loaf tin with butter and line with baking paper

Add the light muscovado sugar and ground nut oil to a mixing bowl. Break 3 eggs and add to the mixture and whisk.

Grate the carrots into the bowl and mix. Add the walnuts and sultanas to the bowl and mix. (Eric suggested golden sultanas and I wasn’t too sure what they were so I just used regular)

In a seperate bowl sift in the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold the mixture until fully mixed.

Pour the mixture into the loaf tins. Cook in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. (I had to leave mine in for an extra ten minutes because it didn’t seem cooked yet, but my oven isn’t that great) 

Half way through cooking, use a sharp knife to cut lengthways along the top of the loaf to create a dome like effect. I thought this was a fab tip, I had never known that’s how you do it! 

Once cooked, remove from tins and allow to cool.

For the frosting, place the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Add in the icing sugar and 1tsp of vanilla extract and mix with a hand whisker. Decant the frosting into a bowl and pop in the fridge to firm up (but not for too long, my frosting became a bit too hard and was difficult to spread!)

When firm take a palette knife and holding the loaf in your hands spread the frosting on starting around the sides and then piling it high on top. Smooth over the frosting for an even finish. For the final touch, sprinkle golden sultanas and walnuts on the top and dust with icing sugar.

Ta-dah! I was quite happy with it!

An Update From Eric

Hello Baking Mad fans!

How was your baking mad week ?

Hopefully you are still getting lots of baking inspiration from the series and our amazing contributors …  I just love how everybody is tweeting about which guest will win the bake-off (and which colour socks I will be wearing!!)

Did anyone notice the special cameo appearance of my cat Bobby earlier this week?  She passed through the kitchen while the cameras were rolling and I think she enjoyed all the attention!  She was very well behaved, as always, and loved all the attention she received from the lovely crew – fortunately she doesn’t have a sweet tooth, or it could have been very different..  Actually, her  favourite food is tomato sauce , she’s an unusual cat!

I’ve had a busy time this week – at the weekend I flew to Edinburghfor the Scottish fund raising diner of BACK UP .  Aside from supporting this amazing charity, it was also a great opportunity to wear my 20th century kilt   -I had it made to measure from black Scottish Wool (it’s great to wear casually too, with a t shirt and boots).

Anyway, we raised a lot of money and stayed for the whole weekend.  I managed to fit in a dinner at Tom Kitchin’s restaurant, The Kitchin, and the food was incredible – my friends and I went in for the full 9 course tasting menu and pairing wine.  It was absolutely delicious, lots of fresh fish and seafood, along with some great deserts and puddings.  It is a must for anyone visitingEdinburghand a great treat!  Tom wasn’t able to be there when we visited, but he welcomed us in his absence with a bottle of rose champagne on ice.  Thank you Tom!

Alongside all this, I’ve been working on recipes and a new exciting project this week, so I am looking forward to my weekend.  I’ve been invited to the England/Ireland match at Twickenham, we’re having drinks and food before kick-off and the atmosphere is going to be electric as it’s St Patrick’s Day (I’ll let you know how I get on in next week’s blog).  I’m going to try to keep neutral, but I know my host is going to be shouting forEngland.

Wishing you a great Baking weekend!


PS: if you missed some of the BAKING MAD WITH ERIC episodes, watch the all series on MORE4 every Sunday at 8pm 2 episodes back to back!


Social Media Competition Terms and Conditions

Acceptance of the terms and conditions is a condition of entry.

To enter the competition, you must click ‘like’ on the Baking Mad UK Facebook page.

This competition is open to UK residents only aged 18 or over and excludes any person whom in the competition Organiser’s reasonable opinion, should be excluded due to their involvement or connection with this competition.

One entry per person only. Entries from agents/third parties are invalid.

Entries must be received no later than midnight (GMT) on the stated closing date.

All prizes are non-transferable. There is no cash alternative.

Winners will be selected at random under independent supervision not more than 7 days after the competition closing date and will be notified via Facebook. If the winners cannot be contacted within 30 days alternative winners will be selected.

It is a condition of the entry that the competition winners agree to be available for, and participate in, any public relations activity arranged by the Organiser.

The Organiser’s decision in all matters relating to the competition is final and legally binding on all entrants and no correspondence will be entered into. The Organiser reserves the right to alter, amend or foreclose the competition without prior notice. Should events occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Organiser, the Organiser may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion.

Entries not submitted in accordance with the rules, illegible, incomplete or altered will be disqualified

Get a Free Herb Garden with Allinson


Spring has finally sprung and what better way to celebrate than by planting some fresh herbs  to use in your baking?

From quiches, to tarts and freshly baked loaves, we’ve got some fantastic recipe ideas to inspire you.

And Allinson are giving you the chance to claim your very own herb garden, complete with everything you need to get started – trough, soil and seeds. Just follow the simple planting and watering instructions and you’ll be harvesting your crop in no time.

To acquire one of these lovely wooden herb garden kits, all you need is to collect 6 tokens from special promotional packs of Allinson Bread and send them to Allinson plus a £2 contribution towards the cost of postage. Or alternatively you could save 3 tokens and pay £5 which includes the cost of postage.

Once you have these [click here] to go to the application form, complete your details, print it off and send it to us along with a cheque/postal order for the correct amount made payable to ALLINSON HERB GARDEN PROMOTION PO Box 1079, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1GY by 30/09/12 .

Click here to view the Terms and Conditions.

Special packs are available from the following retailers:

Brown Batch with the Taste of Sourdough– Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Ocado

Sunflower & Pumpkin Batch– Asda, Tesco, Morrinsons, Ocado

Wholemeal Batch 800g– Asda, Tesco, Morrinsons, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Waitrose, Iceland

Allinson Wholemeal Batch Loaf 400g – Morrisons, Iceland, Waitrose, Ocado

An Update From Eric


So here we are – Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard is finally on our screens!  It’s so exciting, it looks terrific, in full HD format and our production team did an amazing job.

It is nice to see the Cake Boy HQ in action as well during the daily bake-Off.  Our contributors are fantastic too – they had a great time taking part, even if they didn’t make it to the Master Class.  I love reading their comments on their blogs, facebook and twitter and congratulations to the winner and runner-up of my Twitter competition –  I will be doing the same again next week, so keep sending in those pictures! 

Don’t forget if you miss the show you can always catch up on 4oD  and keep watching for inspiration and look out for those stripy baking socks!!

As much as I love baking – I also love cooking too and am always on the look out for a good cookery book.  I like them to be accessible and easy to follow so I was really excited to be  invited to the launch of Fay Ripley’s new book, ‘What’s For Dinner’.  Aside from being entertaining and seriously funny, I like the way she makes cooking easy.  At the launch they served some of the food from the book and it was simply divine.   All washed down with English Rose sparkling wine.  It was a great evening and I highly recommend the book.










Another great book to look out for is ‘Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter’ by Lisa Faulkner, Celebrity Master Chef winner.  Again this book is very bright, very home made and I simply love the Simmel cake on the cover. You do not see enough of these cakes at Easter anymore and I love a slice of it with a good cuppa!

And finally for my little Book Club special, a clip from my friends at The Thoughtful Bread Company based in the beautiful city of Bath. These boys are fun, loveable and can seriously bake fantastic bread.  I’ve already tried some of their recipes and they work very well.  The recipes are so imaginative – it is a proper bread revolution!  This short video sums up what they and their book are all about!

 So what is your new favourite baking or cook book?  I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget you can always tweet me @EricLanlard or use #bakingmad.

I am off to Edinburgh this evening for a charity dinner with Back Up.  I always get excited for this annual dinner as I love Scotlandand it is an opportunity to wear my kilt and practise my Scottish dancing moves!  Pictures next week…

A bientot! Keep it Sweet and unrefined!!!