BIANCA Frost was never any good in the kitchen. Her cakes were always flat or left punters with a taste that was ... less than satisfying.

But things changed when she fell pregnant.

She needed to bake and so over the past four months she has racked up a fair few practice hours.

In October Ms Frost, 23, entered the Great Australian Bake Off's online competition and forgot about it, until this week when she won second place. 

A TOUCH OF FROST: Baker Bianca Frost won one of two second place spots in the Great Australian Bake Off's online competition. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
A TOUCH OF FROST: Baker Bianca Frost won one of two second place spots in the Great Australian Bake Off's online competition. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

 "When I was a teenager every time I tried to bake, it was a disaster," Ms Frost said.

"My friend actually said to me, 'you've come a long way from the girl who burnt down the kitchen'."

Ms Frost actually only melted the oven while trying to make muesli.

But now, there's no denying she knows her way around the kitchen, although she says baking the cake is still the hardest part. "I love decorating," Ms Frost said.

"You just have to be creative. I never know what the cake is going to look like until I am finished."

Since Ms Frost's new-found love - and talent - for baking she has become the unofficial supplier of cakes for her friends and family.

Her signature is a tall layered cake decorated in almost any theme.

"Having a drip down the side is all the rage at the moment," Ms Frost said.

"You see it everywhere on Instagram and Facebook. I've pretty much learnt everything from the internet and watching different videos."

 

BIANCA'S TIPS

  1. Be creative. Anything goes, I've put feathers and balloons on cakes before.
  2. Use frozen cakes. It's much easier to ice a cool cake and it tastes the same.
  3. Put icing on the base you're going to put the cake on to stop it moving around while you're transporting it.

 

SWISS MERINGUE BUTTER CREAM frosting

Ingredients

7 egg whites, 1 ¾ cups of sugar, 500 grams of butter

Method

Mix egg whites and sugar in a bowl held over hot water until it becomes meringue and a bit opaque. Wait until cool, then add butter. Mix until the texture of icing. Add any flavour you want.



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