I refuse to watch GBBO episode 1 without cake!

Orange aniseed cake

A quiet family gathering was planned for the first airing of Episode 1 of the Great British Bake Off. I was as excited as everyone else as contestants don’t get to see anything in advance. Well I couldn’t watch the first episode which just so happened to be cake week without cake!

I racked my brains and came up with the idea of converting the flavours of my Spanish Swiss Roll featured in the show to a large enough cake to treat a group of people. I made a sponge mix flavoured with orange, aniseed and honey and baked 3 separate layers.

Once cool I whipped up a load of cream which was flavoured with honey and proceed to build the cake. I brushed the top of the bottom sponge with a layer of honey then cream. The second layer was coated in some home made blood orange marmalade then cream and the same for the top.

Everyone was very happy!