The Great Group Bake Off
Date Posted: 19/08/2015
Are you feeling inspired by the Great British Bake Off and fancy baking like a pro? It’s time to put on your apron, get that rolling pin out and try your hand at whisking up some cakes.
The fact that Britain has gone baking mad since the BBC’s Bake Off series took off in 2010 has given rise to an increasing number of bakery schools, courses and workshops across the UK. And the demand for ever-quirkier things to do from the Hen and Stag market has meant that a lot of these delicious days out are now suitable for groups. Here are a few of our favourites…
Groups of between 16 and 30 can join the team for a cupcake masterclass with Hey Little Cupcake, Manchester’s answer to the Hummingbird Bakery. Venues include the Malmaison Hotel, The Alchemist in Spinningfields and the Milton Club in Deansgate.
Most of the classes involve cake decorating, rather than baking, so expect a large spoonful of sugar, and lashings of buttercream and sprinkles. You can even tie in a cocktail-making class as part of your day.
Impressing Paul and Mary should be a piece of cake after you’ve been on a Delightful Tea baking class. This Essex-based business can give your group its very own Bake Off experience with sessions ranging from Afternoon Tea Treats to French Bread Baking. There’s even a Gluten Free baking workshop on offer.
You can have your cake and eat it at The Little Kitchen. This Bristol-based cookery school’s group party packages include truffle, patisserie and tapas workshops. The LK team can also work with you to design a bespoke workshop to meet your own requirements.
The cost of its packages are inclusive of ingredients, tuition, provision of equipment and a presentation box or bag to take treats home in. Savoury workshops include 30 minutes to eat at the end of the session.
Chitty's Cakes in Birmingham offers a variety of classes and short courses in cake, cupcake and cookie baking and decoration. They can show you the basics of sugarcraft and how to make and decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies to make them look beautiful and individual. Chitty’s classes, which range from two hours to a full day in length, are all suitable for beginners.
West Hampstead in London is home to the Rock Bakehouse. This baker’s delight can teach your group everything from wedding cake-making to how to make your own sugar flowers for decoration.
And if you want to add a touch of Willy Wonka to your efforts, then the Fun Kitchen in Exeter has a Chocolate Heaven workshop (for a minimum of ten people) that shows you how to make decadent chocolate truffles followed by chocolate cupcakes or a team chocolate showstopper cake.
Groups based in and around London, Brighton, Manchester and Bristol, meanwhile, can book a Cocktail & Cupcakes class from The Cocoa Box. This delicately divine experience includes experienced mixologists who will make the cocktails in the class whilst you learn how to make and decorate your cupcakes.
The teacher will guide you through the class so you are confident in piping swirls and roses as well as hand making decorations from coloured sugar paste. Package your hand decorated cupcakes in boxes with ribbon and take home a detailed recipe sheet. Tasty.