We’re now about half way through the Great British Bake Off. I’m obsessed. My mum asked me last week if she reckoned the show had actually encouraged people to don their aprons and get into their kitchens. Well, just this morning, I witnessed a proper East End geezer arguing with the girl behind the counter at the Brick Lane bagel shop about how to make the best puff pastry for croissants. True story! If that’s not a sign that London has gone baking mad, I don’t know what is.
To make matters even better, did you know that as of the 14th October it’s National Baking Week? To me this can only be a great excuse to eat loads of cake. Bring. It. On. To celebrate, Miss Cakehead is pulling together a team of amazing bakers and “food artists” from around the UK to create a magical pop up meadow near Carnaby Street (100% edible of course).
Baketopia will be open to the general public to get stuck into as of the 11th October, and will feature over 3,000 (!!!) portions of baked goods to be devoured. We are particularly excited about the prospect of the giant unicorn being created by the Tattooed Bakers for the centerpiece complete with a gold leaf horn and hooves.
Visitors will be encouraged to make a £2 donation to Great Ormand Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the official charity partner of National Baking Week, which surely allows you scoff all the goodies totally guilt free.
We can’t wait to see the finished result. Willy Wonka meets the Wizard of Oz made of cake!? I am in.
Baketopia will be open from 12pm – 7pm on October 11th and 12th next to Sutra Cookery School in Kingly Court.
Guests can book priority entry here, or simply turn up on the day to enter the edible wonderland.