One of 2014's big events here in the UK was another series of The Great British Bake Off for many this has become an annual obsession with it's winning format of baked goods, rising temperatures, mistakes and the over use of the phrase "Soggy Bottom".
Those who have shares in Tesco eagerly await the shows arrival as sales of flour, sugar and cake decorating sundries never fail to go through the roof as the uk becomes gripped in a baking frenzy trying to emulate the creations the contestants offer up each week.
So After 5 years of the show I can't help but wonder how much of an effect the show has had on our baking abilities as we a nation. Have all those hours in the kitchen left us searching for more complicated recipes in order to shower our loved ones with sugary filled treats? Have we trawled the internet in search of ever more complicated recipes to perfect
Well according to Google trends we have not with the five most popular cake recipe searches being
1. Chocolate Cake
2. Lemon Drizzle Cake
3. Banana Cake
4 Carrot Cake
5 Sponge Cake
Looking at that list alone it doesn't look like we are striving for new heights in the world of baking. But hope is not lost. Any mother in the country with access to facebook, instagram or a pintrest obsession will be able to see a very different picture emerging, as an army of friends share pictures of their increasingly mouth watering and creative baked goods.
This army of mothers is making their creations with little helpers standing beside them learning and dreaming up creations of their own. So while our generation may be rediscovering the basics and experimenting, our army of mini bakers are doing the same and when they gain control of the kitchen baking won't know what hit it
And I for one can't wait to see and taste the results.