SYDNEY STAR OBSERVER

The BGF Bake-Off is celebrating its 18th birthday. What can we expect?

MITZI MACINTOSH

There are so many traditions at Bake-Off, like the jelly shots that we sell on the day, as well as the cakes of course. We also have quite a few of the girls coming along to perform. It’s just a matter of trying to highlight those things and the other prizes that are donated, and getting as much money for BGF as possible.

SSO

How will you approach your role of hostess at the BGF Bake-Off this year?

MM

With moderate amounts of humour and by trying to suck as much cash out of people as possible.

SSO

Former Australian Idol judge Dicko will be joining you on the Bake-Off stage. Who else will be helping out?

MM

Patrick Collins, who judges on My Restaurant Rules, is coming along to assist. And of course Claire de Lune is always on hand with her French palate to give advice.

SSO Have you settled on an outfit for Bake-Off this year?

MM Generally I try to go for something that’s cookery-based, but also something that’s comfortable. Being up there for three hours barking at everybody, the last thing I need is to be pinched left, right and centre by a nasty costume.

SSO

At Bake-Off last year you entered a string art rendition of an ejaculating penis. What creation can we expect from Mitzi this time around?

MM

I’m toying with a packet cake at the moment. Last year I based my entry around drag, and my only other part-time hobby is penises, so it will be one or the other.

SSO

Bake-Off categories include best decorated cake, best tart and best non-edible cake. What should contestants bear in mind when preparing their entries?

MM

If you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing then you do the non-edible section. We’ve had entrants in the past who have made cakes out of Styrofoam and plaster.

But then, the decorated cakes are beautiful and some people do some incredible stuff with marzipan. And then there’s the specialty section with the tarts and the slices, where obviously you really need to know your business because you’re up against some of the best.

There are also jams and preserves. If you’ve got a recipe from your great aunt that you haven’t used in a long time, then whack that one in.
SSO

Last year the best decorated cake sold for $4,000. Does that mean the event is only for the seriously cashed-up?

MM

Not at all. We do try to make sure the items up for auction range in the possible price they’ll go for. We know the best decorated cake is going to go for thousands of dollars.

But there are smaller items that interest people who may not have a fortune to spend. For example, this year we have a few iPod shuffles that might sweeten the deal. So a slice and an iPod shuffle might go for $100.

SSO

What does Bake-Off mean to you and the community?

MM

There are very few fantastic community events that for their success require several parts of the community. We have people come along who spend an absolute fortune on the smallest cake. And then we have the people who spend $20 on a slice.

The great thing about Bake-Off is that you have everybody going along to support the community. This year promises to be bigger than ever. For me, it’s great to see what has been in the past an absolute institution in the community, getting back to that.

The 18th annual BGF Bake-Off is on Sunday 19 June at the Midnight Shift Hotel. The auction begins at 4pm sharp. For entry and other details call Troy or Steven at BGF on 9283 8666.

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