Herald Sun - Switched On - - Friday -

FOR AS long as I can re­mem­ber, I’ve been ob­sessed with the Women’s Weekly Chil­dren’s Birth­day Cake Book. My birth­day is Septem­ber 26, so once it hits Au­gust, I’d start scan­ning the book, de­cid­ing what cre­ation to in­flict on my poor mother.

I had them all — the stove, the musk Life­Savers No.5 and the train . . . twice. My mother would al­ways say yes, slav­ing away for hours cre­at­ing what­ever had taken my fancy.

I de­cided to run for Aunty of the Year in June and make my nephew the train for his first birth­day. As the clock ap­proached mid­night the night be­fore the party, I’ll ad­mit I was curs­ing that bloomin’ train.

But when the praise flowed at the party, it was all worth­while — even if my sis­ter did in­sist I use nat­u­ral food col- our­ings and my en­gine ended up pur­ple in­stead of a shiny, ar­ti­fi­cial red.

So the idea of the Ul­ti­mate Cake Off im­me­di­ately ap­pealed. I mean, it’s a ridicu­lous name — any ti­tle with ‘‘ ul­ti­mate’’ in it is clearly tak­ing it­self way too se­ri­ously.

On the line is $10,000: not much in TV prize­money terms, but I think it’s more a case of pride on the line and all that.

And don’t these bak­ers get

Big bite: the into it? Richard is from Sim­ply Cakes, etc Bak­ery . . . a bad name for a shop. What is the etc all about? Can’t you be both­ered list­ing what it is you ac­tu­ally do?

Three com­peti­tors have just nine hours to de­sign and cre­ate a cake that stands a min­i­mum of 152cm for the Aquar­ium of the Pa­cific’s Shark Sum­mer Ex­hi­bi­tion.

And the client gets to judge the win­ner. The ‘‘ ex­pert’’ judges don’t like that one bit . . . they clearly try to in­flu­ence the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

They are mean, mean judges, though. The fa­cials on the one with the brown curly hair are amaz­ing. For­get the sharks, she’s the one with the real bite. Ul­ti­mate Cake Off Life­Style Food, Fox­tel/ Aus­tar, 8.30pm

Ul­ti­mate Cake Off

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