Could wellbeing be a piece of cake?

Wednesday 17th March 2021

The 2021 series of ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up 2 Cancer’ has begun! The line up includes entertaining household names such as Alexandra Burke, Rob Beckett and the funny, Tom Allen.

The Great British Bake Off

As well as being an entertaining evening escape for millions of British viewers, the bake off also acts as inspiration to get the people at home baking.

Beyond being a picturesque past time, baking may be a means to battle anxiety and achieve a sense of wellbeing.

Watch the video to the right for hilarious highlights from the 2021 Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up 2 Cancer.

Britain loves to bake!

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) 2020 broke records with 10.8 million viewers. As well as being an entertaining evening escape for millions of Brits, the bake off also acts as inspiration to get the people at home baking.
Credit for the image to the left goes to Twitter @HattonGrange @RachelDoddSmith.

Throughout lockdown we have seen lots of people pick up baking as a hobbie and flood social media with pictures of cupcakes, vicky sponges and other sweet treats.

Baking has helped some with depression


For some, the benefits of baking goes beyond indulgence and is a means of alleviating stress. Many who have struggled with anxiety and depression have spoken on its ‘therapuetic’ benefits. The winner of 2012 GBBO, John Whaite was diagnosed with manic depression and has said that baking “helps to lift [his] depression. It can’t cure it but it helps”.

Baking You Better

There are also a number of articles from new mums who have used their hobby to help them through post-partum depression. Lucy Netherton created a blog called ‘Baking You Better’ dedicated to her experiences and recipes.

Some of the reasons why people seem to enjoy baking so much are the creativity, the physicality, the focus it requires, as well as the feeling of being in control of the process.

This fun past time is both a practical skill and a means of a greater sense of wellbeing and self esteem.

Looking for a challenge?

We challenge you to recreate The Great Celebrity Bake Off task, and make homemade Millionaire’s shortbread! Why not watch the first episode here and see what creative take you can come up with.

Click the button below for the BBC goodfood recipe. We’d love to hear from you and see the pictures of your tasty treats.

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