Food writer, journalist and broadcaster Nigel Slater will present a new one hour documentary for BBC4 at 9pm on Thursday (November 27).
The show, entitled ‘Nigel Slater’s Icing On The Cake’, is the third in the trilogy of nostalgic documentaries from Nigel for BBC4. It is a sister programme to ‘Life is Sweets’ and ‘Nigel and the Great British Biscuit’.
Nigel will be exploring the British devotion to homemade cake, meeting ‘everyone from bakers, artists, scientists and historians to Jenny Eclair and members of the Clandestine Cake Club’.
He goes back to school to learn about the science behind a successful bake, examines the rise and popularity of the cupcake, and goes on a nostalgic journey back in time exploring the earliest origins of cake in Britain and the impact of developments in kitchen technology on our cake consumption.
BBC 4 said: ‘Reflecting on the cakes of his youth and childhood, Nigel examines the mass appeal of a culinary creation that can be defined by that most appropriate of phrases ‘naughty but nice’. Whether it be homemade cakes courtesy of Auntie Marjorie or a Battenburg bought from the corner shop, for Nigel a cake is all about sharing and so here he shares the story of British cake.’