Three former stars of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) have teamed up for the first time to engineer a unique, edible, clock cake. The “Time to Celebrate Engineering” cake is being unveiled on National Engineering Day – a nationwide celebration, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, that aims to showcase the impact of engineering and inspire the next generation of engineers.
Rahul Mandal, Andrew Smyth and Giuseppe Dell’Anno – all hotshot bakers and real-life engineers - came together for the first time to create the jaw-dropping cake.
The clock is designed as a timely reminder that we need more engineers to address current and future challenges, and is a feat of engineering itself. The front of the cake looks like classic antique clock, and boasts a mahogany-effect chocolate veneer, edible tuile biscuit hands and a golden isomalt dome. The sides of the cake reveal a stunning hidden design. Peeking from behind intricate royal icing lattice work, golden clock gears represent the technological developments made possible by UK innovators, and the engineers working behind the scenes across the UK to improve our lives. The tuile biscuit hands move and tell the time, thanks to the sealed clock mechanism hidden within the cake. It’s the only element of the bake that can’t be eaten.
The bakers designed the edible clock after being challenged to make a bake that celebrates engineers for National Engineering Day. It is made of layers of chocolate madeira sponge, soaked with a milk and honey syrup, and sandwiched with a raspberry jam and Swiss meringue buttercream.
The team behind the bake include:
Andrew Smyth comments: “With our bake we wanted to pay homage to UK engineers, both past and present, that have improved our lives for the better. It was a privilege working with Rahul and Giuseppe to design and create this celebratory cake. We hope National Engineering Day can help inspire the next generation of engineers, and that our edible clock is a timely reminder that engineering is an exciting, creative and rewarding profession.”
Dr Giuseppe Dell’Anno said: “People always jokingly ask me why engineers do so well at Bake Off. There’s no way of knowing for sure. But we do know that engineers are used to thinking creatively and tackling problems, small and large, on a daily basis. This gives them the tools needed to create a great bake and avoid the dreaded soggy bottom!”
Dr Rahul Mandal comments: “The role of engineers is often misunderstood. Many people don’t realise that engineers play a key role in producing sustainable energy, creating a virus-busting vaccine or developing medical advancements, such as robotic prosthetic limbs. Or that they are instrumental in making everyday items like alarm clocks, mobile phones and even rollercoasters. Many people definitely don’t know we are rather good at baking! I believe that if you can bake you can be an engineer. By busting some myths about engineering on National Engineering Day, we hope that we can encourage young people into a career that makes lives – and cakes - better.”
Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “We’re delighted to have Rahul, Giuseppe and Andrew involved with National Engineering Day. What an amazing cake! I may well have to give them a Royal Academy of Engineering handshake.
“This is a fantastic way to celebrate the creativity of our engineering profession and show that engineering is for everyone! In the process we also want to raise awareness of the importance of engineering to our society and economy, with our latest data suggesting it generates up to £645bn gross value added (GVA) for the UK economy each year.
“However, the UK urgently needs more people from all backgrounds and parts of society to join our profession. We hope that on National Engineering Day we can raise awareness of what engineers really do and the vital role they play in building a better future for all, and hopefully encourage others to follow these star bakers into the engineering profession.”
To find out more about what baking has to do with engineering, watch the cake being made and find a recipe for a simpler version of the cake created by Rahul, Andrew and Giuseppe, please visit www.thisisengineering.org.uk. Anyone who creates a Time To Celebrate Engineering cake and posts the results on Instagram (@thisisengineering), on TikTok (@ThisisEngineering) and on Twitter (@thisiseng) on Wednesday, November 2 will be in with a chance of winning a tasty prize.
For more information please contact: Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. +44 207 766 0636; email: email@example.com