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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  1. jo shrew says:

    hugh f-w only because i rather fancy him!

  2. Very predicable but it has to be Jamie Oliver.

  3. Kellie mcintyre says:

    Jamie Oliver is my fave, all the work he did with school meals!

  4. joy Bardell says:

    i love Mary Berry

  5. Amanda Jaggard says:

    I love James Martin purely for his total love of using ALL the cream in his dishes.

  6. tamsin w says:

    i love mary berry!

  7. Zoey P says:

    Rick Stein my fave

  8. Gemma Holland says:

    James Martin is mine. He’s lovely & his food is great

  9. Kathryn Casbolt says:

    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.

  10. Kirsty Hosty says:

    I love Jack Monroe and Jamie Oliver

  11. Sandra Clarke says:

    Mary Berry, I love her recipes.

  12. Patricia Owen says:

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

  13. Sarah Cooper says:

    Paul Hollywood – love his bakes.

  14. lucy higgins says:

    Mary Berry, such a lovely lady!

  15. mr nicholas craig bootle says:

    Heston Blumenthal

  16. Julia mealing says:

    Delia smith

  17. Kate Brewer says:

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

  18. Kate Brewer says:

    James Martin to look at but Tom Kerridge for his proper food with a classy edge.

  19. Jen Shearer says:

    Mary Berry

  20. Helen Stratton says:

    Delia Smith – she always seems quite down to earth and understands some shoppers have to budget.

  21. deb barratt says:

    john torode!

  22. helen carew says:

    hugh f-w (never know how to spell it!) or jamie o

  23. Andrew Sales says:

    It would be The Hairy Bikers for me, so passionate about what they do.

  24. Samantha Blake says:

    Hairy Bikers..bringing a bit of personality to the chef world!

  25. luisa deeming says:

    i love james martin

  26. Sharon Arnott says:

    It has to be Gennaro Contaldo

  27. David Price says:

    Mary Berry-queen of tarts!

  28. Karl Borowy says:


  29. lyn Burgess says:

    Mary Berry, because I am confident her recipes will work.

  30. Matt McAndrew says:

    Gordon Ramsay for being as funny as you know what!

  31. Charlene P says:

    Nigel Slater – his food is down to earth.

  32. Emma Nixon says:

    Mary Berry. Because i can actually make a decent cake using her recipes

  33. Kelly Glen says:

    The Hairy Bikers, because they always seem to have fun.

  34. Laura Haines-gill says:

    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!

  35. Linda Guest says:

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

  36. Rich Tyler says:

    Raymond Blanc – such a nice guy

  37. Alan Chung says:

    James Martin as he is a really nice guy

  38. Rachelle Morgan says:

    I admire Jamie Oliver for all the work he has done with childhood obesity x

  39. Janina Hunt says:

    Tom Kerridge, worked his way up to where he is now and seems like a proper nice guy

  40. Nora K says:

    Mary berry. I watched her cook live. She was just as brilliant as on tv .

  41. Cara bemrose-williams says:

    Jamie oliver

  42. fozia Akhtar says:

    Mary Berry

  43. leanne weir says:

    Jamie Oliver is an inspiration

  44. Leanne V McKenna says:

    Rick Stein

  45. Heston Blumenthal as he does the most amazing things with food.

  46. angela sandhu says:

    Rick Stein-He is an amazing cook

  47. Tracy Gladman says:

    Jamie Oliver is my fave!

  48. Jo Carroll says:

    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.

  49. Susan Lloyd says:

    I love eric lanlard x

  50. Deborah Worrall says:

    I love The Hairy Bikers. Lovely chaps cooking lovely food

  51. mandy harper says:

    Mary Berry as she’s such a lovely lady,and James Martin as he’s such a hotty x

  52. Maxine Feehely says:

    James Martin

  53. niall O'Grady says:

    Michel roux jr

  54. gemma foster says:

    james martin

  55. Elizabeth Gurney says:

    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!

  56. Sarah Brokenshire says:

    Gino de Campo xxxx

  57. Alisha says:

    Love Nigella.

  58. BARBARA MADDEN says:

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

  59. Nicole Reel says:

    I most admire Gordan Ramsey because he’s super harsh, but very good.

  60. Lucy I says:

    My favourite is Mary Berry

  61. Samantha Mann says:

    Gordon Ramsey

  62. kat p says:

    i’m really not sure. i wish there was one who just cooked veggie food

  63. Carol Phile says:

    Marcus Warring, a true artiste and perfectionist

  64. Victoria Lovell says:

    Jamie Oliver – have all his cook books.

  65. irene H says:

    James Martin,missing his show on a saturday morning

  66. Elisa Cartwright says:

    Nigel Slater makes cooking seem so simple

  67. Marianne Daniels says:

    I like Bobby Flay–he’s funny and amazing on the bbq

  68. Kelly says:

    Mary Berry, she’s just fab!

  69. Ben Audsley says:

    gordon ramsey!

  70. julie thomas says:

    Mary Berry, I’ve learnt a lot about cooking from her and enjoy her books and programmes

  71. helen booth says:

    Paul Hollywood

  72. Danielle Rawlings says:

    The Hairy bikers

  73. Greig spencer says:

    Paul Hollywood

  74. Allan Fullarton says:

    Michel Roux Jr

  75. Jo Glasspool says:

    Mary Berry!

  76. Wendy Smith says:

    Mary Berry – kind, unassuming and a brilliant chef

  77. Delia Billingham says:

    I love to watch Mary Berry. She is a real lady and she explains everything so well.

  78. Kunai says:

    Rachel Khoo for me!

  79. Jackie ONeill says:

    James Martin

  80. Jo Holloway says:

    James Martin Miss my Saturday Kitchen now that James has hung up his apron.

  81. reg vandra says:

    Ainsley Harriet – so funny

  82. Gordon Ramsey – I love him x

  83. I love Nigella – all her recipes are delicious!

  84. Vicki Violet Morris says:

    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!

  85. kevin pike says:

    Nigella Lawson!

  86. abby gower says:

    My favorite chef is Nigella Lawson. She is an absolute babe.

  87. Wendy Gould says:

    I think James Martin is great. But I also like Dave and Si (the Hairy Bikers).

  88. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    The Hairy Bikers – So down to earth

  89. elaine stokes says:

    love butter man himself – James Martin

  90. Logan says:

    Gordon Ramsay tough but so passionate!

  91. Jennifer Rhymer says:

    The Hairy Bikers are my favourite 🙂

  92. Dolly A says:

    James Martin

  93. Debbie Preston says:

    Delia because I grew up and learnt to cook with her books

  94. Adrian Bold says:

    James Martin is my favourite.

  95. Colin Perkins says:

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

  96. angie pickering says:

    Mary Berry as she has proved age is just a number !

  97. Susan B says:

    Jamie Oliver has done more for the nation’s health than most politicians so he is my all-time favourite.

  98. jo farnsworth says:

    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!

  99. Al Passmore says:

    James Martin

  100. lisa tebbutt says:

    Jamie Oliver is my fave, so down to earth

  101. olivia Kirby says:

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

  102. kylie richardson says:

    probably john and greg…..purly for landing the best job in history!

  103. carol boffey says:

    Gordon Ramsey hes so funny

  104. Andrew Emery says:

    Rick Stein – loved his tour round India

  105. Lesley says:

    Jamie Oliver – at least he is trying to change the way our children eat.

  106. says:

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

  107. James Holyland says:

    Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

  108. Joanna Emery says:

    Rick Stein is my favourite chef on TV

  109. Natalie Gillham says:

    Gino Gino D’Acampo for his cooking, good looks and charm x

  110. Hannah Scudder says:

    i love Jack Monroe

  111. Julie Fisher says:

    I love Tom Kerridge, not only for his recipes but also for his amazing weight loss.

  112. Michelle Stokes says:

    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

  113. Meena H says:

    I love Jamie Oliver

  114. Paul Whiteley says:

    James Martin

  115. Scarlett says:

    James Martin. I’ve never had one of his recipes fail & they aren’t overly fancy they just taste damn good

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