Drake in the Kitchen..

What is that noise coming from Alice’s kitchen? The banging of crockery; the crashing of cutlery; the sound of a drake muttering curses under his breath?

Julius, with the utmost romantic intentions, has decided to make his beloved wife Alice a special cake for Valentine’s Day. However, he is discovering that there is more to this “baking” malarkey than meets the eye.

He starts off well by asking his friend and local cake expert Duncan for a recipe. “This one is foolproof!” Duncan assures him. What could go wrong? Poor old Julius is about to find out.


How do you “castor” sugar? How do you “cream” butter? ( Why not just use cream?) And how on Earth do you fold flour?? Perplexed by the unfamiliar jargon, Julius begins to lose heart. And this is before he discovers that his little Darling Ducklings have helped ¬†themselves to the “special” chocolate he needs for the icing, neatly replacing the wrapper.

It seems as though the odds (as well as the cake tins) are stacked against our intrepid chef. Will his efforts to bake Alice a delicious offering of his love come to fruition, or will everything (including the kitchen) go up in a puff of smoke?

All will be revealed in the next episode, in which we meet a Mysterious Stranger and her Small Duckling …


The Great British Duck Bake Off 2013

The creation and consumption of all things cake-related is very close to the hearts of all ducks. Inspired by that wonderful people BBC TV programme “The Great British Bake Off”, our feathered friends have arranged their own little baking contest.

Two of our friends have fended off fierce competition to reach the finals. Duncan, self-declared expert in cakes, pastries and biscuits (especially in quality control!) and Chloe, Queen of the eggless sponge, will fight it out to take the honour of being Best Baker. They are being judged by Welsh celebrity cooks Pawl and Mari, aided and abetted by their co-presenters Misses Peckins and Gulldrake. They have all had an exceptionally tough time whittling down the numerous contestants and sampling all their delicious offerings.


With the contestants evenly matched everything depends on the final “Showstopper” round, the theme of which is “Hollywood!”

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And the result … ?

Duncan, it was judged, had overreached himself by constructing an enormous Empire State Building complete with sugar paste King Kong. Unfortunately this was disqualified for being far too big (and not, as the Twittersphere would have it, because he splattered poor Pawl with cake mix). Mari also thought the texture of the cake was a tad too dry.

Chloe, however, managed to bake the perfect Showstopper; a model of her favourite film alien “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’. The decoration was remarkable and the cake was declared “perfectly moist”. A worthy winner for the Great British Duck Bake Off 2013.

Up and down the ponds and streams of the country, hundreds of ducks and drakes have been inspired to get out their mixing bowls and spoons, and start creating. As Misses Peckins and Gulldrake would say, “On your marks, get set…. BAKE !”