A former contestant off The Great British Bake Off is still going to his local cake club more than a year after making it onto the show.
Jordan Cox from Sneinton, appeared in the 2014 series of the popular BBC cooking show and is a regular at the cake club who helped convince him to apply.
Jordan, 33 – who was renowned for his quirky character – made it into the third week of the competition after thousands of bakers applied.
IT Manager, Jordan said: “I only started baking myself after coming here and it was this cake club we come to which really got me inspired.
“I’m quite competitive so as soon as I realised there was a best cake of the month prize I really wanted it and then I started watching the bake off and people started telling me you should apply for that.
So I went home and applied to the show thinking, I’ve got no chance
“I’m into the fifth year of coming to this club now, it was discovered by my girlfriend who used to bake and I never did.
“I was the man of the house who cooked and didn’t bake but then I realised I’m a far better baker than I am a cook.
“So I went home and applied to the show thinking, I’ve got no chance as they get over 14000 applicants.
“They’ve since told me that they generally know, of the 2000 who make it to the phone interviews they instantly know who is the right person.”
The baking group, ‘Cake Eaters Anonymous’ host five themed events a year across Nottingham to help raise funds for Nottingham charities.
Sarah Woodhouse, one of the club’s organisers, 34, from Keyworth said: “I think its got more popular recently, as I think a lot more word of mouth has spread and we’ve had more new people arrive and a few of the ladies have become solid regulars, which is quite nice.
“I think baking has become more popular because life is busy and stressful and people like to take time out to do something relaxing and make something worthwhile.
“You get to be sociable with people who like to bake, have an enjoyable afternoon and at the end of the day you can help raise money for a local cause.”
Helen Roberts, 31, a parent-of-one and fellow organiser, from Hucknall, said: “In order to make it easier for people, we make it themed so they can have a rough guide of what to bake.
“I think baking has always been popular but I think The Great British Bake Off has reinvigorated it and put more products on the shelves.”
Sacha Baber, who attends the club said: “I think the fun is not only baking the cake but it’s seeing all your old friends.
“We came to one of the very first ones and it was so much fun and just a case of having a few cakes with friends and its lovely to see how the club’s built up since then.”
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