Saturday, 1 June 2013

A Spongy Sponge

I have failed to get through to the semi finals of the Cambridge Bake Off.
 
 
If I had lost marks because the judges had deemed my cake a gloopy mess I might have taken it on the chin... but no... only 4 out of 10 for texture because my sponge cake was too spongy! My dreams of an alternative career have been dashed.

 
But at least I got a cookbook for my efforts.
Don't forget to leave a comment on this post if you would like to win a print

32 comments:

  1. A sponge cake too spongy? I'd take that as a compliment!

    I hope you're not too disappointed, we all know your cakes are delish.

    x

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  2. Oh Gina, so sorry. How can a cake be Too spongy when its a Victoria Sponge..... Dopy people. Don't let the B.....s get you down.

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  3. Oh no! Well,your cakes look wonderful and judging by comments on here, your friends and family think they taste wonderful too!

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  4. Well that has to go down as a classic comment of the ridiculous kind. Even if they didn't like the texture, "too spongy" was not the right phrase for a sponge cake. Hope you still got to enjoy it though

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  5. Shame - you can be our top baker any day though!

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  6. Your cake looked perfect to me. Nicely moist - I hate dry sponges. I wouldn't take too much notice of this result, especially if you are serious about an alternative career. There must be plenty of women making cakes professionally with no qualification other than that they make excellent cakes.

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  7. Don't be downhearted, we know that you are a winner. Too spngey indeed, huh!

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  8. How daft, I would have thought that the clue was in the name - 'sponge' cakes should be spongy else they'd be called 'dense' cakes or 'solid' cakes! I know which I'd prefer!

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  9. Well they know nuffink!! How dare they!!!! I think you won hands down in our books so never fear. Xx

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  10. TOO spongy? Wonder what they wanted? A uniform, standard, one size fits all Cake, perhaps.

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  11. Sorry to hear you didn't get through, you've worked so hard to meet the challenge. I think you're cakes are wonderful.
    Annya

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  12. How on earth can a sponge be too spongey, I don't know!!
    I do like the look of your book though!
    V xxx

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  13. Gina, I am still hoping to be able to sample a slice of one of your cakes. Every single one you've showed us looks a true champion to me cake-loving eyes!

    xo

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  14. The judges are all crazy - how could you not win!!! Your cake looks just right to me - what else is a sponge supposed to be other than spongy! Cheers.

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  15. That really made me laugh: they could have come up with a better description. Too spongy sounds a bit odd really. It looks delicious though and that is what a cake should be.

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  16. How can a sponge cake be too spongy. The judges obviously know nothing.

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  17. Hi Gina I think you were really up against the time restriction...one hour isn't enough to bake the ckae, let it cool and add the filling.

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  18. Too spongy? Is chocolate too chocolatey? Hmmmmm. It looks utterly delicious to me.

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  19. pooop! There is no such thing as a too spongy sponge cake! And you will always been the queen of baking to us Gina!

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  20. Laugh of the day - a sponge like that - too spongey - I don't think so!! What were they thinking of. x Jo

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  21. Was it the cake that was too spongey or the judges brains? Sorry you didn't get through, but your cakes always look fantastically delicious x

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  22. Not very helpful feedback was it? It must be disappointing after all that preparation but just remember...textiles is where it's at!

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  23. Too spongy a sponge? Sounds like Alice in Wonderland... Looked amazingly yummy to me.

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  24. How can a sponge cake be too spongy? Doesn't make sense to me! Pooh on them, my dear. That's like an angel cake being too light, or a chocolate cake being too chocolaty! Crazy.
    I'll bet it tasted divine!
    Such a shame there's nutbars on the judging panel.

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  25. What piffle,I dream of making a Victoria Sandwich cake that is too spongy.I plan to use your baking tips to see if I can improve and hopefully achieve a spongy sponge of my own.
    I would love to win the print so please add me to the list of names Gina.

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  26. Oh Gina, only just caught up with my blog reading! So sorry, but I'd just like to say I'm prepared to eat any of your reject cakes, as a favour to a friend.
    You should have taken it and shoved it in the Judge's face. Or even better, Paul Hollywood's.

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  27. How on earth can sponge cake be too spongy?! It looks delicious :D

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  28. I'm amazed you didn't get through. The cake looks lovely to me and I bet it tasted very yummy. What do judges know anyway?

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  29. Well it is their loss!!!
    I still think I could manage your cake shop xxxx

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  30. thats ridiculous.....too spongy!!!

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  31. I'm with the rest of the incredulous folks...too spongy? ... how is that possible? .... gimme a bite of lovely spongy sponge cake please!

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  32. Cheeky mares! They obviously have no idea what they are talking about. Keep making it spongy and you will be popular with eaters if not judges!
    X

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