Win a pair of tickets to BBC Good Food Show Summer 2016

If you enjoy food, (who doesn’t) then the BBC Good Food Show for Summer 2016 is the place to be.  With two major events in Birmingham and London I have a pair of tickets to be won by one lucky reader to a venue of their choice – see further down.

To whet your appetite a little I’m going to share this recipe for a rather cute Coconut Cake by James Martin who is due to make appearances at both shows.


* Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

* Servings: 6-8


50g coconut cream
50g coconut oil
175g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
50g desiccated coconut

125g butter, softened
40g coconut cream
250g icing sugar, sifted
50g–75g coconut shavings
3–4 sprigs lemon verbena

TOP TIP: For the filling and decoration, I would always use fresh coconut rather than dried, as the latter tends to dry out the buttercream, but you could toast the coconut shavings first, if you like.


1) Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line two 17cm deep-sided cake tins.

2) Gently heat the coconut cream and oil together in a small saucepan until liquid, then set aside to cool slightly.

3) Put the butter and caster sugar into a kitchen mixer or large bowl and beat until lightened and fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one. Add the vanilla extract then sift in the flour and baking power and fold together. Add the desiccated coconut, cooled coconut cream and oil and mix well, then divide between the prepared cake tins.

4) Smooth the tops over and bake for about 20–25 minutes until golden brown and risen. A skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean – if it doesn’t, return the cakes to the oven for another 5 minutes and repeat.

5) Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before turning out of the tins and cooling completely.

6) Meanwhile, make the buttercream. Beat the softened butter, coconut cream and icing sugar together in a food mixer or a bowl with an electric whisk until really light, fluffy and almost white in colour.

7) Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a 13mm plain nozzle. Pipe swirls of coconut cream all over one sponge, then scatter some coconut shavings over the top, so that they stick out around the edge of the cake. Gently lay the second cake on top. Pipe small peaks of cream all over the top of the cake and finish with some more coconut shavings and small sprigs of lemon verbena.


Both BBC Good Food Show events are jam packed with things to do, a food stage, shopping areas, celebrity chefs and much more.   This really is a great event to see live demonstrations, sample the latest foods and treat yourself to some tasty goodies!

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to a venue of your choice, either Birmingham or London, just fill in the Gleam form below:

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116 thoughts on “Win a pair of tickets to BBC Good Food Show Summer 2016

  1. Mary Berry
    Such an inspirational cook. Mary’s recipes are the ones that I know I will make and that my family will enjoy. My very first cookery book, many years ago, was by Mary Berry – it was called ‘Fast Cakes’. It is still in regular use today. My whole family have enjoyed her latest TV series where we learnt lots about her lifestyle and her lovely family – as well as her fantastic culinary skills. A down to earth lady and a true national treasure.

  2. Mary Berry – still entertaining and showing a lovely sense of humour that makes her an inspiration to all generations.

  3. When you say ‘admire’ to look at James Martin As far as cookery Tom Kerridge. Proper food with a classy edge

  4. Jamie Oliver… Much as he gets on my nerves sometimes, he has done lots to change children’s eating habits and to push the government to make positive changes to school dinners etc. using his fame for something positive ticks the box for me!

  5. Marcus Wareing because he has a lovely smile and is calm and cool in the kitchen and his food always looks delicious.

  6. James Martin as he’s really down to earth, says what he feels and isn’t snobbish about cooking. I’m going to miss him from his show on Saturday mornings but I’m sure he’ll go on to bigger and better things on TV.

  7. Jamie Oliver. He’s so much more than a chef, sharing his passion and knowledge of food to make a difference. All the work he has done with school children and getting families eating better is really inspiring!

  8. James Martin is brilliant he is so normal and explains brilliantly in a way that we all can understand just love watching him

  9. Gordon Ramsey. You can’t deny he’s got a serious attitude problem but he’s done amazing things and helped a lot of people too!

  10. Jamie Oliver – The guy has so much drive and energy and he creates normal food which everyone can make/enjoy

  11. I love Mary Berry, it’s quite strange to think that my mum watched her and now I love watching her cooking programmes, my mum bought me her cooking book for christmas and I love it!

  12. Nigel Slater – great writer and lover of food.
    I like most of them though, Jamie Oliver being an exception.

  13. i most admire hugh fearnley whittingstall, whose name is really hard to type, because his recipes are just delicious, which is the main thing

  14. Has to be Jamie Oliver he seems to be so down to earth and does a lot of good in helping children to eat healthily

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