Val Stones

The Cake Whisperer!

“I am originally from Conisbrough, near Doncaster but now live with my husband Ian in Somerton, Somerset. At 15, I took over the family baking and have been staying at the helm of the kitchen for over 50 years.

“​In my spare time, I love to exercise and have even been caught doing aerobics in my kitchen whilst waiting for jam to boil or my bread to prove.

“After reaching Round 5 of The Great British Bake Off (and so becoming the eighth-best baker in the programme!), I returned to my own kitchen where I saw my Instagram account shoot up to almost 50,000 followers in a matter of weeks!”

The Cake Whisperer!

“Some people like to stab their cakes with a skewer to see whether it’s cooked yet. Imagine: the poor thing has been in a hot, hot oven for three-quarters of an hour and suddenly someone opens the door, drives a skewer into its very heart then examines the blade-like some roman oracle-reader! My way involves gently sliding my creation out of the warmth of its metallic womb and putting it to my ear. If it’s still bubbling away, clearly still a bit over-excited, I’ll pop it back for another few minutes before listening again. Sounds crazy? It works!

“Beware the cake with nothing to say at all. This is the cake that just might have gone past the point of no return.”

Paperback, 136pp, 24 x 190mm. 146 colour photographs.
Printed on buff background to aid dyslexic readers.