AD Gifted – This experience was gifted but all opinions are my own.

A few months back, Soph and I went along to a new attraction to Digbeth, the Big Birmingham Bake. I’d seen a few things about this floating about online and some of my friends mentioned it in our group chat. Then Soph popped up asking me if I’d like to go along with her as she knows I love baking – how could I say no to that?! (We’ve actually been twice now, pre and post lockdown, I’ll get onto that later).

Graffiti Art on side of building, The Big Birmingham Bake with cupcake painting

If you haven’t heard of it before, the Big Birmingham Bake is an experience similar to GBBO as you’re in a marquee and have your own workstation. It’s every bake-off lover’s dream! All the ingredients are measured out for you which made life so easy and everything you need for the basic bake is in or on your workstation for you to get cracking. I’d never used a stand mixer before the Big Birmingham Bake and now I’m in love, I can’t wait to buy a Kenwood Chef one day.

There is also a station to select your decorations and flavourings. There are so many on offer from butterscotch to rum, pretzels to Oreos. Pre-covid you’d go up for these and select them from the jars yourselves, and afterwards they were in portioned bowls and flavourings you left on your bench to be sanitised for the next person.

Lightbox saying 'It is baked donut month'

The Big Birmingham Bake is serious business. Like GBBO, you are on a time limit and being honest, it is so stressful (especially whilst trying to get some content!). Soph & I had so much fun panicking and trying to rush about especially when looking at the stage other people were at. You get all your warnings of time left then have to nicely present your things before popping them at the front to be judged. Both times we have enjoyed participating and not placing haha!

The bake for January was baked doughnuts, both ring doughnuts and filled doughnuts. I’d never baked doughnuts before, so I was excited to see what they were like. They weren’t as hard as I thought they’d be to make. Since then I’ve bought my own doughnut pan so I’ll definitely be making them again. We made ours in a citrus flavour with a butterscotch filling..they were tasty!

Ring doughnuts topped with sugar, yellow stars and pretzelFilled doughnuts topped with lemon yellow glaze and oreo biscuit

The bake for January was baked doughnuts, both ring doughnuts and filled doughnuts. I’d never baked doughnuts before, so I was excited to see what they were like. They weren’t as hard as I thought they’d be to make. Since then I’ve bought my own doughnut pan so I’ll definitely be making them again! We made ours in a citrus flavour with a butterscotch filling..they were tasty!

The bake for July was profiteroles. We seriously ran out of time on these as we didn’t really decorate – but they were really fun to make and we all enjoyed eating them at home afterwards. I can’t remember what flavours we went for, I think it was possibly raspberry with white chocolate. I didn’t have any photos of these, unfortunately.

This is a great addition to Digbeth and Birmingham, I think it would be great to get a group of friends together for fun or even a hen party or birthday party. There is also one in London for anyone that is closer to that way.

If watching GBBO is making you wish you were a contestant, this is definitely the experience for you!