We are living in an era of weird and wacky food.
Think cronuts, wild milkshakes, burgers made of donuts, pizza in a cone… it goes on.
So it makes sense the emerging generation of foodies are experimenting with their baking.
The Great Australian Bake Off finally returned to Foxtel tonight for its fourth season, where we watched 21-year-old cafe manager Laura kerb tradition with her obscure style of cooking.
Kicking off the first episode with cake week, Laura made a chocolate and orange butter cake – but judging by her ingredients list you’d never guess that’s the flavour.
Her cake batter was filled with mayonnaise and stout (yes, beer), while the chocolate icing was made with avocado and cauliflower; flavour combinations which stumped judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran.
Laura said the use of mayonnaise helped make cakes more moist.
“I’ve never heard of that before in my life,” Moran told her, while Beer pulled a mortified face.
“I’m a weird baker,” Laura said.
“I like to use ingredients you wouldn’t traditionally use and show people you can use weird stuff.”
Her gamble paid off, with the judges blown away by the finished product.
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“It’s actually a really good cake to eat, it’s like a chocolate mud cake,” Moran said, with Beer agreeing: “Yeah but without the heaviness. I just can’t get over the moistness of it from the mayonnaise.”
“If you’re going to keep throwing weird things in your bakes I can’t wait to see what else you come up with,” Moran added.
So there you have it. Swap the butter or oil for mayo if you want to make your cake extra moist.
After three challenges, which included making a butter cake, the technical challenge and the illusion cake task, 39-year-old Zee was sent packing.
Meanwhile, 36-year-old California woman Angela won the first ‘star baker’ title, with Sonny, 26, and Sue, 70, also among the early frontrunners.
The show, hosted by comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle, will air across 10 weeks and features a group of bakers as they are put through a series of challenges in search of Australia’s Best Amateur Baker.
The latest episode, as well as the first three seasons, are available to stream on Foxtel.
The Great Australian Bake Off is available to stream on Foxtel On Demand, with new episodes airing on Lifestyle every Thursday at 8.30pm
Originally published as ‘Weird’ ingredient blows judge away