An interview with go-to cake lady: She Who Bakes
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This is the first of a series of posts in which we’ll be catching up with some of the most influential and exciting bakers out there. They’ll be sharing tips and tricks of the cake trade and giving you an insight into what inspires them. Hopefully these posts will inspire, empower and motivate you, too.
Today, we’re in the kitchen with Britt Whyatt, the baker behind She Who Bakes & founder of Twitter’s #BakersHour. We’ll be talking Christmas recipes, baking essentials and the Great British Bake Off!
Why do you bake? What first got you into it? How long have you been baking for?
I started baking back in 2010. I had never baked before, apart from a few fairy
cakes with my nan! I was suffering badly with depression and social anxiety and also
was dealing with the after effects of blood poisoning after an operation and was at
home recovering, and very bored, when a friend asked if I would bake a cake for a
charity bake sale. I ended up making a square Pudsey shaped mess but it made me very
happy. I wanted to keep that feeling and so I continued to bake, every day in fact.
Six years later here I am!
Who inspires you?
My mum is my constant source of inspiration every day. She was a wonderful woman
with a drive and determination I have never seen in anyone. I live each day in her
What is your personal favourite thing to make?
Anything with lemon and white chocolate. Two of my favourite flavours!
What is your most popular recipe on She Who Bakes?
My Classic Birthday Cake recipe. It details my madeira cake recipe and it’s
chocolate and lemon counterparts as well as my vanilla buttercream.
What are your baking essentials? What ingredients or equipment could you not be
Is ‘all of it’ an answer? Haha! If I had to pick a few things I would say – a large
rolling pin and spacers, smoothers, cranked palette knife, cake leveller and good
Do you have a baking motto to live and bake by? We’d love to hear it!
Life Is What You Bake It
Did you ever think She Who Bakes would lead you to where you are today? What would you say to others hoping for the same baking success?
Nope! Not one bit. I didn’t start She Who Bakes to be a business or anything other than a way of expressing myself in a dark time. It literally saved my life. When it comes to baking success, it’s the same as any success, never, ever give up.
What is an average day like for you and She Who Bakes?
The good thing is, no two days are the same. From the fun stuff like demonstrating at events, shows and personal appearances, to creative time in the kitchen creating new recipes to the more mundane admin and accounts side, every moment is different and I love that.
#BakersHour is one of the best Twitter baking communities – when did you decide to launch the weekly Twitter hour and why? How can it help other bakers who’ve not participated before?
I launched #BakersHour in March 2015 when I realised there wasn’t a Twitter community especially for bakers. I actually started it at Gatwick waiting for a flight! It can help bakers through tips and advice through to networking as well as having people you can talk to about your baking passion who won’t get bored of hearing you go on about flour!
Do you have any top tips for: Home bakers Baking bloggers Home cake business owners
To be honest, my top tips to anyone in baking, be it a home baker, baking blogger or home cake business owner is to put your all into it and believe in yourself. Too many people are of the thought that they ‘can’t’ do something, when in reality, we can do anything.
Stir up Sunday is on the way! What will you be baking this Christmas?
Oh the usual! A few fruit cakes, a gingerbread house and a classic Yule log!
And what would your go-to recipes be for Christmas party bakes?
My Gingerbread Cheesecake is up there as well as my Rice Crispy Christmas Puds for something fun to make on the run up to the big day!
It’s been a contentious topic, but what do you think about the changes for Great British Bake Off next year, as it moves to Channel 4 and loses key personalities?
I’m sad that The Great British Bake Off as we know it will be coming to an end, but so all good things do. I’m excited to see what they do with it and look forward to embracing something new.
Finally, if you had to choose just one thing to bake forever, what would it be and why?
Probably Victoria sponge. It’s a classic and my partner Tim loves it so I know it will always get eaten!