First Choice Blog
  • The Great British Bake Off is finally back on our screens. As well as eating cake non-stop to celebrate, we’ve found some tasty recipes from around the world that we’d love to see whipped up on the show. Ready, steady, bake…

    Jamaican Black Cake

    This cake is all about the booze. While some modest recipes stick to 2 cups of rum, others go the whole hog with 2 bottles (we know which we’d pick). It’s a dark fruit cake typically served in Jamaica at Christmas and can take a whole year to prepare. Mary Berry loves a bit of tipple in her cakes, so we can imagine this one going down a storm.

    Why not have a go yourself?

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    The name may sound cute, but don’t be fooled. These are heavy-duty pies, with a 10-centimetre portion totalling 1,000 calories. The real skill for contestants would be the fancy pastry designs on top. Fillings include lotus seed paste, ice cream and uh… chicken floss. Tasty.

    Try your own fillings here.

    Mexican Tres Leches Cake

    The bakers should be able to make a simple vanilla sponge, but how about one that includes 3 different types of milk? Mexico’s favourite treat uses evaporated, condensed and regular milk. It needs to sit in the fridge before serving, so let’s hope there’s enough room for them all – we’re still not over the Baked Alaska incident.

    Check out the recipe here.

    Dutch-Indonesian Spekkoek Thousand Layer Cake

    Okay, maybe a thousand layers is a bit of an exaggeration, but this cake does have at least 12. Each layer of this spice-infused cake has to be baked individually, and the recipe can call for up to 30 eggs. We’ve seen past bakers tackle the German Schichttorte, but would this year’s contestants be able to handle the treat tower? We’re exhausted just thinking about it.

    Think you can handle it? 

    Hawaiian Haupia Pie

    Nothing says Hawaii quite like coconuts, and this pie – with creamy coconut milk filling and chocolate pastry – screams beaches and sunshine. GBBO contestants would, of course, have to make their own pastry, so we hope they wouldn’t ‘crumble’ under the pressure. (Sorry…)

    Now it’s your turn.

    Lebanese Knafeh

    The Knafeh is a syrup-soaked cheese that’s encased in pastry and baked with a crunchy topping. The largest one ever made measured 75 metres and weighed 1,350kg. Now that’s a technical challenge we’d like to see.

    See how big you can make yours.

    Great British Bake Off is on Channel 4 every Tuesday at 8pm.


    What’s your favourite dessert from around the world?