Everything you need to be the star baker on The Great British Bake Off – including LGBT+ aprons
The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens this month and we cannot wait.
The baking competition show is everything we need in our lives as the weather gets colder and the days feel shorter.
This series of The Great British Bake Off will see 12 amateur bakers head to the famous tent, for one to be crowned the winner by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
It will premiere on 21 September on Channel 4 – the same week as Drag Race UK returns for series three – so we’re being spoilt.
The bakers will take part in some stressful challenges, from chocolate week to pastry week, with a few innuendos thrown in for good measure.
If you’re a fan of the show and every series think “I’d love to give baking a try” and even end up on Bake Off one day then there’s a few ways to get started.
Of course, you’ll need the equipment, accessories and maybe a few books to guide you through some recipes.
Below we’ve put together some things to get you started on your Bake Off journey.
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There’s plenty of official Bake Off recipe books to get you started featuring bakes from Paul, Prue and the contestants from different seasons. So if there’s something on the show that’s caught your eye then it’s likely to be featured in one of these books. From Paul’s rainbow coloured bagels to Prue’s raspberry salted caramel eclairs, you can dive straight into baking. The latest book A Bake For All Seasons is due for release on 30 September. To buy it and other Bake Off books head to Amazon.
You’ll then, of course, need your baking equipment. So let’s start with this eight-piece non-stick bakeware set featuring a muffin tray, oven tray, cake pan, loaf pan and spring form cake tin. This is priced at £29.98 so it won’t break the bank and is a great place to start if you want the basics. They’re suitable for use in all oven types as well as being fridge and freezer safe, so you shouldn’t face any baking disasters. To purchase this head to Amazon.
Bakers will also want a cake decorating kit to make your bakes look pretty. You can get this 220-piece set featuring loads of essentials including a turntable for your cake, icing pipes, nozzles, fondant tools and more, so you should have everything you need to get stuck into your first bake and make it look aesthetically pleasing – because sometimes that’s all you need to get through to the next week in Bake Off. This set is priced at £23.99 and you can get it from Amazon here.
Unless you want to do it old school by hand, you’ll probably also need a mixer for your bakes. These can be pretty pricey with some costing hundreds of pounds. But there is a couple that you can get for less than £100 and they’ve got good reviews. This includes the one above – the Aucma Stand Mixer – with 14000W, a 6.2 litre mixing bowl and six speed tilt-head. It’s priced at £99.99 and you can get it from Amazon here. Plus you can check out the other mixers available here.
You can also get this three-piece cookie sheet set featuring an aluminum sheet pan, silicone baking mat and stainless cooling rack for your bakes. This particular set is extra large, so you might need to check the measurements of your oven before purchasing these items and if they’re too big or small then shop around for similar ones that will fit. To get this three-piece set head to Amazon here. Meanwhile there’s plenty of others to choose from here.
Up next is some accessories! You can get these hilarious LGBT+ themed baking aprons branded with different tribes including Butch, Twink and Bear. They’ve been created by an independent Etsy seller who also sell ones featuring Proud and Pride alongside rainbows so you can really make your baking experience gayer than ever before. They’re priced at £9.99-£10.99 and you can shop them all on the Etsy store here.
If you want to create some cute rainbow cookies for Pride then you can get these cookie cutters which will help shape your dough. And if you’re wanting to create a rainbow coloured cookie to go alongside it then you’ll need some dyes. This cutter is available from Etsy and other products by the same sellers include LGBT+ couples kissing and interlinked male and female symbols and you can shop them all on Etsy here.