10:07 Wednesday 23 October 2013

A quick catch up with the queen of baking, Mary Berry!

Written byLizzie Jane

She has sold over five million cookbooks, has nearly 60 years baking experience and is known for being the queen of all things baking.  Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in the exciting world of home baking, Mary Berry is a name that you’ll be familiar with.

From the signature Lemon Drizzle Cake to the challenging Fraisier Cake,  there is no doubt that Mary’s recipes are some of the best loved.  Having learnt the art of baking from her mother, Mary quickly established herself as a leading cookery writer and broadcaster, specialising in Aga cookery, cakes and desserts.

Mary will be appearing in Birmingham at Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show at the NEC from the 8-10 November. 

We caught up with Mary to find out a little more about the queen of baking.

 What or who got you interested in baking?

A wonderful home economics teacher called Miss Date, she was lovely and encouraged me in class

What is your signature dish?

Lemon Drizzle cake

If you weren’t a chef what would you be?

A gardener

Sweet tooth or savoury?


What are your top tips for any aspiring baker?

Follow a good recipe and weigh accurately. Use digital scales and weigh exactly as in the recipe. Use the correct sized tin and oven temperature, all these changes can affect the cake.

Cake baking and decorating has exploded in popularity recently - what's your opinion on why this could be?

The Great British Bake Off has inspired a new generation of bakers

What is the last great meal you ate?

I had razor clams with a fennel sauce, followed by sea bass with a lovely crispy skin, at Claridges in London, what a treat!

What kitchen gadgets will be on your Christmas list?

I would love Spiralizer Machine ... to make vegetable spaghetti strands

What are your favourite flavour combinations?

My two favourite flavours are lemon and ginger

What do you love most about baking?

The satisfaction of producing something that looks gorgeous and that everyone is going to enjoy

Fruit cake or sponge cake?

Sponge cake, preferably a Victoria Sandwich

Top tips for the perfect mince pie?

Lovely thin pastry and lots of mincemeat

What’s the biggest compliment for you as a cook?

I love your recipes!

What is your idea of food heaven?

Caesar Salad with homemade croutons, anchovies and added avocado

Mary Berry will be appearing at Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show at the NEC, Birmingham from the 8-10 November alongside the Little Venice Cake Company’s Mich Turner.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary show, visitors can spend three days in cake heaven exploring all the latest ideas, supplies, competitions, demonstrations and workshops from the industry experts.  Please visit www.cakeinternational.co.uk for more information.


  • Over 100 exhibitors from across the globe offering the very latest cake decorating and sugarcraft supplies. 
  • Three Demonstration Theatres with some of the greatest sugarcraft and cake decorating talents from home and abroad showcasing their enviable skills. 
  • Competition Classes with categories to suit everyone.
  • Guest chef, Paul Da Costa Greaves whipping up a frenzy in The Cake International Theatre where he will be demonstrating an irresistible range of quick and easy baking recipes.
  • A series of informative workshops at The Renshaw School
  • National Cupcake Week Championship finals live at the show - who will be crowned king or queen of cupcakes?
  • Wallace and Gromit launch their BIG Bake at the show.
  • A Taste of Sugar Mini-Workshops specially designed to help sugarcrafting newcomers and juniors learn fantastic cake crafting techniques.
  • Chocolate Workshops with top tips and creative ideas in the art of chocolate. 
  • The exciting live PME Cake Decorating Competitions with the Cupcake Challenge on Friday; PME Student of the Year on Saturday and PME Cake Decorator of the Year on Sunday. 
  • Popular cake authors will be demonstrating their favourite recipes from the bestselling books in the Author's Kitchen.
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