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KIM-JOY’S CUTE & CREATIVE BAKES!

The Great British Bake Off 2018 finalist spills the beans on her new book and her plans for the future…

”I get inspiration from everywhere!”

COFFEE AND CAKE WITH… Kim-Joy

”I love to create stories in my bakes!” KIM-JOY

Congratulations on your new book Kim-Joy! Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Thank you! I’m so beyond excited about it! It’s everything I love about baking and decorating, all in one book! So everything is decorated, but there’s a mixture of difficulty levels so everyone can give it a go. Along with beautiful pictures (including step-by-step pics!), illustrations and feel-good motivational quotes. I wanted it to be informative and fun, but also I wanted it to be a little bit more than just your ordinary baking book. I wanted it to feel almost magical and make you feel happier and calmer as you look through it. And I’m so pleased because we’ve achieved exactly that! The whole team at Quadrille have been amazing.

Did you face any challenges when creating your book and how did you overcome them?

You can feel a little pressured when writing a book on your own at home. Especially when you’re trying to make the same thing over and over, but need to keep tweaking it! I overcame it by reminding myself that this is a dream come true, and nowhere near as stressful as the Bake Off was! There is far less pressure. And actually I quite enjoy being at home alone baking, so writing the book was overall a joy.

Where do you get your inspiration from and what is your design process?

I get inspiration from everywhere! Art, flavours from travelling, bakes I come across, stories, colours and patterns. Whenever I get a new idea I try to note it down. Sometimes I will make it right away, and sometimes it’ll get buried in my brain for a while and then I’ll make it ages later. If I come across an image I find really inspiring on my phone, I’ll always screenshot it too. I love to create stories in my bakes, so I try to think about how I can weave that in. I want people to look at my bakes and identify with a character in there!

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The Great British Bake Off is back with a bang and we're celebrating with Kim-Joy's cute and creative bakes! We chat to the 2018 runner-up all about her brilliant new book, plus she shares her top tips for baking success! Nadiya Hussain also shares delicious family-friendly recipes, John Whaite makes simple speedy puds and we find out how to make a GBBO showstopper that's perfect for autumn! PLUS, we've got spectacularly spooky recipes for Halloween, fantastic competitions and lots more – don't miss it!