A Rickmansworth girl guide volunteer made her TV debut with a Brownie inspired toadstool cake after attending a recording of a popular Channel 4 spin off show.
Hazel Carmichael decided to create a cake to celebrate 50 years since she first became a Brownie after attending a recording of Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, where they encourage audience members to bring a baked good with them.
Speaking to RickyNews, Hazel said: “I gave myself the challenge of creating a magical toadstool cake, as the toadstool is still central to the Brownie Promise Ceremony.
“I added a model of a Brownie in the familiar brown dress and yellow crossover tie of the 1960s and 1970s, and then a modern Brownie in t-shirt and leggings. Brownie Leaders have Owl names, so I included two little owls – I am Dusky Owl and my co-leader, Sally Funnell, is Snowy Owl.
“I knew chocolate cake would go down best with the girls and paired this with both chocolate and passionfruit buttercream. We had been talking about healthy eating at Brownies the previous week, and the girls had been excited to try some unfamiliar fruits, including passionfruit.”
Whilst Hazel was disappointed not to get the chance to talk about her bake and her passion for Guiding on TV, she was delighted her cake featured as part of the ‘show us your bakes’ segment.
Within minutes of the broadcast, another Guider posted on a national Leaders’ Facebook group: “Someone on the GBBO: An Extra Slice has made a toadstool cake with little Brownie figures, looked amazing.”
The icing on the cake is that within 24 hours of Hazel’s TV appearance and posting via social media platforms, people have since been enquiring about how they can get involved.
Hazel concluded: “I am so happy my toadstool cake really has worked some magic, however, we still need more leaders to be able to offer places to all the girls on our waiting lists.”
Find out more by visiting girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/