The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

If you are still down in the dumps about the end of GBBO as we know it, you’re not alone.

I miss Mel & Sue, Mazza B and the joy Wednesday night used to bring me. I just don’t think Channel Four will ever rise to the challenge. (eeeey)

But all is not lost.

The masterminds behind the The Big London Bake have launched an IRL Bake Off tent in no other than Tooting (my neck of the woods). It is pretty much GBBO, without the cameras (and Paul Hollywood). Just you ‘n’ your pals, kitted out bake stations and a profesh chef to keep you on track. Oh, and ALL the cake to gobble once your 90 mins is up. The perfect way to spend an afternoon, don’tcha think?

Pop ya apron on gal, let’s get to it.

You will find the tent of Baking wonders at the end of The Castle pub’s garden, so naturally we started with drinks. Y’know, to ease any pre-bake tension and get those creative juices runnin’.

The Castle Pub Tooting

Finish your cider, choose your station.

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

In teams of two, we were given our brief. Each month, The Big London Bake will launch a new culinary delight – this month was all about the humble genoise.

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

All ingredients were prepped and measured for us (my least fave part of baking!) so we got straight to work.

My gal Angelaa did a great job of testing the mix each step of the way. lol.

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

We had the basic recipe, but could pimp our genoise any way we liked. Roll it, ice it, stick marshmallows all over it. The possibilities were endless.

The Big London Bake

The most entertaining bit was the sheer levels of competition in the tent, I mean… It all got pretty in-tents (sorry, had to be done hehe).

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

Just look at that concentration! The commitment to the bake was real.

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

The moment we had all been waiting for…


All in a flurry, each team brought their genoise up to the table.

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

It was judging time!

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

You could cut the atmosphere with a knife…

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

A second opinion was needed for the all important taste test…

The Big London Bake

And the winner was announced!

The Big London Bake

The most beaut genoise roll with chocolate and almond. OOFT.

The Big London Bake

Maybe I’ll be star baker next time, ay? After all it’s the taking part that counts…

The Big London Bake

The best bit? Tasting time.

We handed in our aprons and headed out into the sunshine with our bakes.

The Big London Bake

The Big London Bake

We spent the rest of the afternoon chillin’ in the sunshine, eating cake and sippin’ pints. Perfect.

I can imagine this would be the most hilarious first date, double date or maybs even a hen/stag do activity?!

If you’re up for the challenge, have a ganders at their website here.


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    • Loooooool Caroline you would LOVE IT <3 Definitely gonna go again! Immy x

  • Ah I was so hoping there would be a post on this ! It looks like SO much fun! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

    • Teeheeee always >:) It was amazing, you would love it Frances! Hope you are well chick :) Immy x

  • Natalia Cooke (The Petite Expl

    This is a FANTASTIC idea. What a great birthday party for people who don’t just want to get drunk!

    • Amaaaazing isn’t it?! Was such a nice way to bring people together :) Amazing idea for a birthday party, doesn’t need to always involve a piss up – cake is way better in my opinion anyway >:) Immy x

  • Laura Torninoja

    This looks like SO MUCH FUN! And the tent looks exactly like the real one :’) Love The Castle pub in Tooting – that garden is SO pretty, especially on a sunny day like today! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • It was such a lovely afternoon… What an incredible idea?! It’s lush isn’t it, could spend hours in there – wish I was there on a day like today! Immy x

  • So much fun! I always enjoy baking. Now I want some cake hahaha

    xx, Melissa

    • I know right, cake and a cuppa would be so good right now! You would absolutely love it chick :) Immy x

  • That looks like so much fun! And the cakes look so delishious!!


    • Aaaaah Lii it was amazing, our bake didn’t do too well but then again, we maaaaaaaaaaybe drank a liiittle too much cider beforehand lol! Thank you for stopping by lovely :) Immy x

  • WOW!!!!! What a nice experience and well, I hope I’ll never have a first date like that, otherwise he won’t go out with me again (I’m the worst cookerbaker).
    Have a nice weekend x

    Caterina |

    • It really was such a lovely way to spend the afternoon! Loooool it would be so funny, definitely would get to know each other very well! You too chica :) Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    This sounds like an amazing way to spend an afternoon!

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    • It was ALL the fun, need to do it again soon! Hope you are well lovely lass :) Immy x

  • This looks like SO much fun! x

    • It was so good, and very competitive haha! You have to check it out before it comes down (hopefully that will never happen lol!) Immy x

  • Yvonne

    Looks like so much fun and the food looks delicious!
    xo Yvonne

    • Thank you Yvonne! It was so good, such a nice way to spend the afternoon! Also, eating the cake afterwards was the best haha! Immy x

  • AngeliePangilinan

    It seems like everyone has a ton of fun! :)

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    • It really was so good! A really lovely way to bring everyone together for the afternoon :) Immy x

  • Oh my god! I want in on the next one! Looks like so much fun!!
    a life of a charlotte

    • Yesyesss Charlotte! It is so much fun! Immy x

  • Amy Eade

    Oh wow I saw this on your Instagram and thought it was just a one off thing you went to – this is the best thing and would make the most perfect hen do activity for sure! I need to get myself there next time I’m in London for sure!
    Amy xx

    • Ah yes it is there till the end of the year I think, would be amaaazing for a hen do! Definitely, you will really enjoy it :) Immy x

  • Omg!!! I need to go!! Maybe it will teach me how to actually bake! Looks like you had a fab time! Xxx

    • Yeeeeeeeeeees Emily! They actually help you so much with everything :) I can’t wait to go back! Immy x

  • This looks like SO much fun!! x

    • It was so so good haha! What a genius idea ey?! Immy x

  • This really makes me think of GBBO!

    I would really love to do something like this if I could bake haha, it looks delicious.

    Love, Lauren x

  • YAY! Faith won!!! Hahahaha <3

    Love this idea!! xx