Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain is coming to the Capital – and she will be bringing her baking tray, cake mix and whisk with her.
The nation’s newest sweetheart, and the brainchild of the chocolate peacock and the fortune cookie biscuit basket, was crowned the country’s best amateur baker on the popular BBC show a fortnight ago.
The 30-year-old from Leeds wowed judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her perfect iced buns, tasty mille-feuille and her unforgettable Big Fat British Wedding Cake in a nail-biting final.
But now the baking star, pictured, will be demonstrating how to make her renowned chocolate tart at the Edinburgh Cake and Bake Show later this month.
The event, due to take place at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston from Friday, October 30 until Sunday, November 1, will see a jam-packed weekend full of tasty events.
Nadiya will be joined over the three days by fellow finalists Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray, as well as 19-year-old Flora Shedden from Perthshire, who will also be showcasing some of their creations.
Other bakers who will be attending include Jo Wheatley, John Whaite and Norman Calder.
Bake Off fans will have the chance to quiz the contestants off-stage after watching their demonstrations – and seek some baking advice.
Nadiya said: “It’s been a whirlwind since I won The Great British Bake Off, and my adventure has only just begun.
“I am truly grateful for how supportive everyone has been, and now I am looking forward to the Cake and Bake Show.”
Semi-finalist Flora, from Dunkeld, said she was also looking forward to taking part in the Edinburgh event.
She said: “I was so surprised to get to the semi-finals – I never thought I would get that far. Being Scottish, to be part of the Cake and Bake at Edinburgh will be very special to me, and I am really looking forward to meeting up with the other bakers.”
Baking fanatics are looking forward to the event – organised by Media 10 – and are hopeful that one day someone from the city will be crowned as the Great British Bake Off champion.
Rachel McWilliams, from the Edinburgh Bakers group, said: “The Cake and Bake Show is time for those with a common interest, both professional bakers or those who bake for a hobby, to meet with and see celebrity bakers and attend their workshops.
“Well-known names such as Nadiya will attract those who have followed her journey from week one through to winner over the recent series.
“She is a great role model for those that maybe believe they can’t when actually they can.
“We loved Nadia’s confidence to experiment with flavours such as ‘fizzy pop’ right through to creating her own wedding cake.
“You never know, one day someone from our group or Edinburgh may just fill in that application form and surprise us all by appearing on the show.”