April 10, 2020

Introducing: The Great Social Distance Bake Off!

Hello dear friends! I hope you're all well. Can you believe we've been at this for a month already? It's been a very, very long four weeks.

How have you been coping? It seems that everyone I know right now is baking a ton - whether it's out of stress, or to procrastinate - there's something about baking that makes hard moments a little bit easier to get through, so I've come up with a little challenge to get through this and I hope some of you will join me!

Introducing, the Great Social Distance Bake Off! Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, this little competition will hopefully offer a method to your baking madness while challenging you to try things you wouldn't normally bake, and hopefully add something sweet to your socially distant days!

If you've never seen The Great British Bake Off, now is a great time to start! For the next 10 weeks, there will be two challenge bakes each week - a signature and a technical. We'll skip a separate bake for the show stopper because three bakes in a week can be a lot, especially for those of us who are working from home full-time while taking care of little ones! But if you're up for the challenge, go for it!

I'll announce the theme every Friday both here and on Instagram and you'll have the next week to post your bakes! Each theme will take into consideration that grocery staples are hard to come by at the moment. That said, if you do spot flour or baking soda lying around, it doesn't hurt to stock up - without hoarding, of course! I'll be sharing my bakes on my Instagram page and stories.  If you want to join in, make sure you're following me on Instagram and tag me in your bakes with the hashtag #greatsocialdistancebakeoff!

As with any competition, there are a few rules:
  • If you use a recipe, please credit the source! Recipes from cookbooks should not be posted in their entirety without the author's permission! 
  • You don't have to do both bakes each week, but if you're only going to do one, it has to be the technical challenge!
  • Substitutions are highly encouraged! I'm keeping this very broad because I know how hard groceries are to come by right now. The point is NOT to go out searching for specific ingredients but to use what you have and to get creative with it! Do you have rose water lying around that you've never opened? What can you do with it?
Without further ado, Week 1 is Cake Week!

Your signature challenge this week is a tea-infused cake. Whether you have chai, earl grey, or chamomile sitting in your pantry, turn it into a cake! You can also make this your showstopper cake. What can you do to elevate the decoration and make this cake truly spectacular? Cupcakes, cake pops, are allowed too, as long as the cake is infused with some type of tea!

For your technical challenge, your task is to create a beautifully decorated flourless cake. Bonus points if your cake isn't chocolate! The cake pictured throughout this post is a flourless pistachio almond cake and it is one of the best things I've ever eaten! So what do you say? Are you in? If so, drop a note below!

On your mark, get set, bake!

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