Join The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge!

This is your chance to bake along with Britain’s best – and add a Wisconsin twist! Share your results with each us each week to be featured on our website.

Wisconsin Public Television’s first ever Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge launches today! Season 4 of The Great British Baking Show premieres across the WPT viewing area 6 p.m. next Sunday, June 18, and we’re inviting you to try your hand – or whisk! – at the challenges from the show’s new season!

Each week during Season 4, try one of our fun baking challenges and share the results with us online. We’ll feature a variety of bakers, just like you, on the official website and right here on the blog – each week.

Whether you can build a showstopper with your eyes shut or are trying a Paul Hollywood recipe for the first time, we want to see your best attempts at greatness — even if they fall flat.

We won’t be judging your entries; we just want you to participate and have some fun in the kitchen this summer. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Now it’s time to announce the first challenge … CAKE! Here’s this week’s prompt:

We invite you to bake ONE of the following challenges …

  1. Signature Challenge – Drizzle Cake: This is Paul’s favorite cake, so take care to make yours extra spongy and your drizzle absolutely perfect. (Remember, it’s not an icing!)
  2. Technical Challenge – 12 Identical Jaffa Cakes: While this is a British favorite, it looks tasty enough to eat in Wisconsin. Must have a jelly disk and chocolate layer — with a signature criss-cross decoration. Never made jaffa cakes before? You aren’t the only one. Contestant Selasi hadn’t either — and he survived. So will you. Mary’s advice: It’s suggested that you do things in an order — keep to that order.” The cakes have to be “absolutely perfect!” Deep breath.
  3. Showstopper Challenge – Mirror Glaze Cake: Create a tasty genoise sponge cake with ingredients of your choice, but the glaze decoration must cover the entire cake and reflect a beautiful Wisconsin scene. Close your eyes and imagine how the sunset reflects the shoreline of Crystal Lake in Vilas County. Or how a boat looks anchored in Door County. Or perhaps how a lantern from an ice fishing tent casts a glow.

Visit the website to explore more about this week’s challenge and all of the upcoming nine baking challenges, which correspond to episodes in Season 4. Each week, we’ll issue more specific instructions about the upcoming challenge and open the form to submit your story. Trust us … cake is just the beginning!

Along with details about the baking challenge, we’ll be asking you questions about what you’ve prepared (and we’ll want to see your best photo!). Try one weekly challenge, or do them all. No matter what, we know the results will be delicious.

Now pre-heat your ovens, tie your aprons, and submit your results HERE when you’re done! Happy baking!

Be sure to invite friends and family to The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge! Use #WisconsinBakingChallenge on social media to follow along.

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