The Mr B Bake Off is an annual fundraising tradition in the Mr B Towers. Taking place in chilly autumn and winter months, the B’ers work their magic to bring the office tasty treats (elevensies) to warm their bellies and stretch their waistbands.
This year, our Bake Off has hit new levels of creativeness; from butternut squash cake to unicorn poos. We’ve explored savoury and sweet, classic and outrageous and we’re ready to share the best (so far) with you lovely lot!
Our first delicious dish was a treat for the eyes and the tums.
Introducing team ‘Whisk-teeq’ with their white chocolate and raspberry cake pops:
Reflecting on the bake, the team commented: ‘Whilst the end product looked presentable, it wasn’t the carnival unicorns we imagined or planned for. In reality, our dream bake probably needed a solid two days of prep.’
Bake no. 2
Team ‘Icing Icing baby’, followed competitively with a showstopper in the form of the semi-naked chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and dark chocolate ganache. Yes, quite a mouthful!
The head baker comments: ‘Hour FIVE of the bake was the breaking point, it wasn’t all fun and games. I was emotionally drained thanks to having to create not one but two identical cakes to feed the hungry Mr B gang. Safe to say that I bit off a little more than I could chew with this one! Lesson learned – never underestimate the Bake Off!’
Bake no. 3
‘Teamy McTeamface’ (t&c’s apply), brought a whole new theme to the table in the form of a British Tea Party, and boy, we were ready to pounce on these wonderfully presented goodies. Offering chorizo and red pepper sausage rolls, ginger scones accompanied by rhubarb jam and clotted cream and lemon sherbet Jammy Dodgers with a side of unicorn poos.
The team commented: ‘The success of the Teamy McTeamface Bake Off came from our love of all the baked goods. We couldn’t agree on just one sweet or savoury delight, so we bent the rules and made an afternoon tea of a variety of delicious morsels.’
Bake no. 4
‘L’EPIC’ took to the savoury route for a Halloween special, treating the office to Spooky Surprise Pumpkin Pies. Where most take the ‘treat’ from the seasonal one liner, L’EPIC opted for the ‘trick’; the pies were chicken, leek and tarragon, with no pumpkin in sight. Delicious as ever though and gobbled up in seconds by the Mr B team (we didn’t even get chance to take a photo).
Bake no. 5
Bonfire night inspired the ‘Girls on Fire’ to pull out all the stops for their flaming great bake!
This masterpiece consisted of prosecco apple chocolate fire pops, butternut squash with chocolate flames, meringue sparks and chocolate kindling.
October has been a tasty month for the B’ers and November/December looks equally promising. Not only does the Mr B Bake Off inspire creativity and keep our bellies full, it’s also a great way for us to raise money for an amazing charity – Jessie May Children’s Hospice. The Bristol-based charity provides hospice home care for terminally ill children and families. The Trust’s work is indescribably important in providing the emotional and physical support when needed most. We have been in partnership with Jessie May for over five years and their work continues to impress us.
So far, we have raised £181 for the charity and we plan to continue raising a lot more over the coming weeks.