• Has sold over five million cookbooks,
• She has nearly 60 years baking experience and
• She is known for being the queen of all things baking.
Having learnt the art of baking from her mother, Mary quickly established herself as a leading cookery writer and broadcaster, specialising in Aga cookery, cakes and desserts.
She’s just finished judging The Great British Bake Off 2013, and has hardly had time to draw breath. Mary Berry will be making guest appearances at Cake International in Birmingham, next month. We caught up with Mary to find out a little more about the queen of baking.
What or who got you interested in baking?
A wonderful home economics teacher called Miss Date, she was lovely and encouraged me in class.
What is your signature dish?
Lemon Drizzle cake.
What are your top tips for any aspiring baker?
Follow a good recipe and weigh accurately. Use digital scales and weigh exactly as in the recipe. Use the correct sized tin and oven temperature, all these changes can affect the cake.
What are your favourite flavour combinations?
My two favourite flavours are lemon and ginger.
What do you love most about baking?
The satisfaction of producing something that looks gorgeous and that everyone is going to enjoy.
Fruit cake or sponge cake?
Sponge cake, preferably a Victoria Sandwich.
Mary Berry will be appearing at Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show at the NEC, Birmingham from the 8-10 November. For more information and to book tickets online please visit http://www.cakeinternational.co.uk or phone the Ticket Hotline 01425 277988.
You might even bump into me, there!