Botanicals, alternative sugars and gin: GBBO trends predicted

Sainsbury's edible flowers

The Great British Bake Off returns next week and, whatever your thoughts on its move to Channel 4, it's likely to reflect and set trends in baking.

According to Sainsbury's and Bake Off 2014 semi-finalist Chetna Makan, we should expect to see fewer crazy-coloured unicorn cakes and more neutral, autumnal tones, perhaps decorated with edible flowers.

The flavours may be more natural too: botanicals and herbs like saffron, fennel, angelica root, thyme, rosemary and black pepper could appear in both sweet and savoury dishes.

Sainsbury's is also expecting a spike in alternative sugar sales after GBBO airs; it's already seen organic rice malt syrup sales go up by 148 per cent and date syrup by 32 per cent since they were launched recently.

"Every year baking trends change and evolve, often reflected within Great British Bake Off," says Chetna Makan. "In my experience, what was trendy and current in the baking world definitely influenced my recipes and baking decisions on the show. This year, expect to see a lot more neutral icing shades and unusual decorations such as edible flowers in both the show-stoppers and signature bakes."

It's not all healthy though. Alcoholic additions like gin and prosecco should feature heavily in bakes, as well as edible gold leaf and glitter.

The Great British Bake Off kicks off on Channel 4 on August 29th.

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