Are you a dab hand at baking and looking for some tips to elevate your cake-making? If so, don’t miss the grand opening of a new cake boutique where you will have the chance to win baking treats and meet a master baker.
Boutique Cakery, which will be officially opened by Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber, will offer cake decorating classes with renowned cake decorators, cake decorating parties for children and adults, themed coffee mornings, bespoke cakes, cake decorating accessories and more.
Cake-lovers will have the chance to meet Kimber on the day, who will be signing copies of his books, and there will be face-painting, cupcakes, glitter tattoos and popcorn, as well as a prize draw.
With two cookbooks under his belt and numerous television appearances, Kimber speaks to Hardeep Matharu about life as The Boy Who Bakes.
Hardeep Matharu: How did you get into baking?
Edd Kimber: It was something I did with my mum when I was little. One of my first memories is making mince pies at Christmas.
HM: What's your favourite cake?
EK: You cannot beat a well-made classic Victoria sandwich, although for me it has to have cream in it.
HM: What's the weirdest cake recipe you've tried?
EK: I was once asked to make a completely savoury cake and it was supposed to taste of meat but it just didn’t work.
HM: What's been your biggest cake disaster?
EK: Mess-ups are a regular part of my work - coming up with new recipes inevitably means things go wrong but I haven’t burnt down the house yet!
HM: What's been your biggest cake triumph?
ED: Apart from winning Bake Off, being asked to open a pop-up bakery inside Fortnum and Mason, in London. It was a brilliant experience and I felt very lucky to have been asked.
HM: Do you enjoy cooking savoury food too?
EK: I love to cook, but often after a day of testing recipes and baking, I am very lucky to have a partner who loves to cook too.
HM: What are your top tips for an aspiring baker?
EK: Try all sorts of different recipes, keep learning and experimenting. It doesn’t matter if you mess up it will actually teach you more that way.
Boutique Cakery Grand Opening; 163 Banstead High Street; August 10; 9.30am to 3pm; visit www.boutiquecakery.com