I entered a baking competition with L&C… What do you reckon? Did I win?

Going to let you into a little secret, one of the perks of being a blogger is you get invited to some awesome events. So when London and Country (L&C), invited me to a morning of baking as part of their ‘Piece of Cake’ campaign (mortgages are piece of cake… geddit?), I pretty much bit their hand off – although, acted totally cool as usual. As if…

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Got given an L&C apron which I was pretty pleased with (as you can see from my face!) ha.

 

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Guys, those scones… I’m starting to think that maybe a scone is the best dessert. Well, 100% the best breakfast option anyway.

 

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Check out that cake batter. Professional right? ūüėČ They were very picky about contamination, so didn’t stick my finger – or face – it in once. Shame really.

This blog is all about the baking competition…, but I will say that if you are thinking of getting a mortgage, I would 100% recommend you get in touch with L&C (both me and my sister used them when buying) as the advice you get is totally free. However, be aware that¬†it doesn’t check direct only deals – which we did independently. Anyway, that’s a whole other blog (or maybe book).

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Oh look – it’s Emma from EmmaDrew.Info. Because we’re on opposite teams, she instantly became my enemy in the kitchen. You can’t see me scowling off camera.

 

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Look at the concentration on that face… I was feeling very smug about that garden.

 

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Here I am raiding the cutlery draw while a chef looks on a bit concerned.

So turned up at 10:25 to meet Emma from the brilliant EmmaDrew.Info who would be baking with me. We knew we had to work in pairs, so secretly concocted a plan to work together, which was thwarted pretty quickly when pairs had been decided in advance. Proper school flashback there!

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The cooking school had baked scones for us, with apricot jam and cream. Seriously guys, they were HEAVEN. I have been cutting back on sugar the last couple of months, so the jam was extra sweet.

 

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My baking partner in crime, Kathy.

 

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This photo made me laugh. Caught discussing roof construction.

 

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Emma made a pretty impressive log cabin. I’d actually love to eat that right now!

I wasn’t actually teamed up with a blogger, but with a lady called Kathy who had just remortgaged with L&C – who herself was a pretty good baker (there were seven teams in all). Kathy took control of the baking part, while I concentrated on the decorating.

The challenge was to bake a house themed cake within three hours (which really didn’t feel like a lot of time). Kathy and I discussed quite a lot about the shape etc, so started planning as soon as our batter was in the oven.

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Ta-da! This is the finished cake. What do you reckon? I’m pretty pleased with my piping skills. Kathy covered the roof with buttons, made the curtains and door, while I did all the garden bits.

As pleased as we were with our cake, it wasn’t a winner (still crying). However, the chefs in the cooking school did point out just how amazing and totally different all the cakes were.

 

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This is the design that won. I bet little girls would kill for this cake.

 

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Here’s Emma’s cake. Looks delicious and chocolatey.

So once out of the oven, Kathy cut and shaped the house and it looked perfect – so was up to me to decorate. I went with a country cottage because there was hardly any time left and thought it would be easier to just pipe on a design, than cover it in fondant (which I think was my downfall).

The judges looked at all the houses and rated them on things such as design, taste, enthusiasm and picked a winner – which was the pink castle, which was pretty fabulous!

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Some awesome fondant work here.

 

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This toadstool one is straight out of a fairytale.

 

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The roof on this is so clever.

Kathy took the cake home, because I couldn’t bear for it to be cut in half – plus, trying to not eat sugar remember! And then me and Emma went to Honest¬†Burger around the corner for food and a proper gossip.

So what do you think of my decorating skills eh? Not too shabby right?

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