I couldn't let the final go though without a real showstopper of a final bake so I could only really go for the "British Classic" round and what could be more classic than a Victoria Sandwich? Very kindly Tesco offered to send me a voucher to cover the cost of some of my ingredients, so there was no excuse - I had to go large!
The victoria sponge is simple in it's method and decoration, which meant it would be a challenge to turn it into a cake worthy of a Showstopper title! I wanted to push myself to try a new technique so I made macarons too and decorated them to look like mini victoria sponges. I also made some strawberry crisps and chocolate leaves as well as my own strawberry jam. I decided to go all out and make it a three tier cake, because if you can't do it for the final of GBBO, when can you?!!
My strawberry jam used 300g of chopped strawberries to 150g of caster sugar. Brought to the boil and then boiled vigorously for 10 minutes, although despite leaving it to cool it didn't really set! My cream filling was 300ml of whipped double cream with a tsp of vanilla essence & 25g icing sugar folded through.
Finally bramble leaves were coated with melted white chocolate, coloured with green gel and left to harden, before the leaves were peeled away.
It's been an absolute joy to take part in The Great Bloggers Bake Off again this year and I'll most definitely be back again next year! Massive thanks to Jenny for keeping us all on track and all the co-hosts that helped take the strain!
Special thanks also to Tesco for very kindly sending me a voucher to cover the costs of my ingredients. You can find lots of recipes on Tesco.com/realfood