National Baking Week 2023

16th October 2023

As the scent of freshly baked goods wafts through the air, it’s evident that National Baking Week is in full swing in the UK. This delightful occasion, which celebrates the art and science of baking, has a rich history dating back decades.

In this blog, we take a journey through the origins of this sweet celebration and explore some fascinating facts about baking that make it a cherished tradition in households worldwide.

A History of National Baking Week

National Baking Week 2023 takes place from 15th to 22nd October. The occasion was first established to celebrate the joy of baking and to encourage people to indulge in the simple pleasure of creating delicious treats at home. Over the years, it has grown into a popular occasion, not just in the UK but also in many other countries where baking is a beloved pastime.

Food for Thought

Ancient Roots: Baking can be traced back to ancient civilisations, with evidence of baked goods found in archaeological sites dating as far back as 6000 BC.

The Science of Baking: Baking is a precise science, relying on the perfect balance of ingredients, temperature and timing. Understanding the chemistry behind baking is crucial for creating light and fluffy cakes, crusty bread and delectable pastries.

Therapeutic Benefits: Baking has therapeutic effects, often referred to as “baking therapy.” The act of measuring, mixing and creating something from scratch can reduce stress and promote a sense of accomplishment and wellbeing.

Trevor Mottram

Opening the year that Jamie Oliver was born, Trevor Mottram has been a name at the heart of The Pantiles for over forty years. It is a cook shop stocking everything a kitchen and cook needs. From whisks and mixing bowls, through to cookie cutters and cutlery, the store is well equipped to help you make some stunning showstoppers.

Trevor Mottram stocks a range of quality baking basics at great prices, including Mason Cash, Le Creuset, Pillivuyt, Dexam, Eva Solo and Nordic Ware.

If you’d like to whip up a baked treat this week – such as a Classic Victoria Sponge – why not head to Trevor Mottram at The Pantiles to get all you need for a sweet result?

Recipe: Classic Victoria Sponge Cake


200g unsalted butter, softened

200g caster sugar

4 large eggs

200g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Strawberry jam

Fresh whipped cream

Icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan) and grease two 20cm round cake tins.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and caster sugar together until pale and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  4. Sift the self-raising flour and baking powder into the bowl and gently fold until just combined. Add the milk and mix until the batter is smooth.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake tins and smooth the tops with a spatula.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cakes to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Once the cakes are completely cool, spread a layer of strawberry jam on the bottom of one cake. Top with fresh whipped cream and place the second cake on top.
  9. Dust the top of the cake with icing sugar before serving.

Enjoy this classic Victoria Sponge Cake with a cup of tea or coffee and savour the delightful flavours of National Baking Week. Happy baking!