With my own commitment to cake baking beginning when I saw the iced cup cake on the front of Nigella Lawson's recipe book, which made me think, I wanna do that, I've had an enduring interest in baking ever since. Over time I was given, bought, inherited baking paraphernalia and slowly built up a repertoire of trusted recipes, with a small amount of improvisation. The love affair continued and I can now bake some good solid fare although I still can't bake decent cupcakes and my presentation skills are a bit lacking. To say the least, the very least.
That said, I love a good bake-off and what could be better than the first ever Brighton Bake-off in aid of the The Sussex Beacon.
Taking place on Saturday 3rd September in Jubilee Square, the closing date for entries is next Sunday. So NOW is the time to enter. The theme is rather suitably Brighton, which I imagine will lead to great flights of fancy as well as delectable edibles. Split into three categories - Children, Amateur and Professional means that everyone gets a chance to take part.
In the Professional category, three finalists will be chosen in advance and will compete on the day to complete their cake in a timed challenge.
While Amateurs are asked to supply a copy of their recipe in advance, bring their cake with them and be able to answer questions about their baking on the day.
The judging will be undertaken by the winner of BBC2's Great British Bake Off, Edd Kimber and Neighbours veteran and Brighton resident Comedian Mark Little.
Do you know what? Shucks, I'm just going to have to enter.
Amateur concessions: £3