Bake Off Themed Dinner and Drinks Menu: A Culinary Competition Feast


Welcome, bakers and food enthusiasts, to our exciting Bake Off-themed dinner party! This evening, we’ll indulge in a delightful feast inspired by the popular baking competition. From show-stopping appetizers to decadent desserts and refreshing beverages, this menu is designed to bring out the competitive spirit and culinary creativity of your guests. So, preheat your ovens and prepare to impress with a night of baking excellence and gourmet dining!

Embracing the Spirit of a Bake Off Party

A Bake Off-themed party is all about creativity, flavour, and presentation. The food and drinks should reflect the excitement and variety of a baking competition, with each dish showcasing different skills and techniques. Think of delicious, beautifully presented dishes that can be served in a competition-style format. This menu includes a variety of exquisite dishes that will make your guests feel like they’re part of a baking showdown.

Appetizers: Creative Starters

  1. Mini Quiche Assortment:
    • Ingredients: 1 package refrigerated pie crusts, 4 eggs, 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Gruyère, or feta), 1/4 cup chopped spinach, 1/4 cup cooked bacon bits, 1/4 cup sautéed mushrooms, salt and pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out pie crusts and cut into small circles to fit mini muffin tins. In a bowl, whisk eggs and cream. Divide the mixture into separate bowls and add different fillings to each (cheese, spinach, bacon, mushrooms). Pour mixture into crusts and bake for 20-25 minutes until set and golden.
  2. Savoury Scones with Cheese and Chives:
    • Ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup cold butter (cubed), 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Gruyère), 1/4 cup chopped chives, 3/4 cup milk, 1 egg (beaten).
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese and chives. Add milk and mix until just combined. Turn dough onto a floured surface, pat into a rectangle, and cut into squares. Brush with beaten egg and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Main Courses: Show-Stopping Entrees

  1. Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach and Cheese:
    • Ingredients: 4 boneless chicken breasts, 1 cup spinach (cooked and chopped), 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, 2 cloves garlic (minced), salt and pepper to taste, 2 tbsp olive oil.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. In a bowl, mix spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cut a pocket into each chicken breast and stuff with the mixture. Secure with toothpicks. Heat olive oil in a skillet and sear chicken on both sides until golden. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
  2. Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto:
    • Ingredients: 1 cup Arborio rice, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 small onion (finely chopped), 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1/2 cup white wine, 4 cups vegetable broth (warmed), 2 cups butternut squash (cubed and roasted), 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp fresh sage (chopped), salt and pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast for 25-30 minutes until tender. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until softened. Add Arborio rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour in white wine and cook until absorbed. Add broth one ladle at a time, stirring frequently, until rice is tender and creamy. Stir in roasted squash, Parmesan cheese, butter, and sage. Season with salt and pepper.

Sides: Elegant Accompaniments

  1. Roasted Root Vegetables:
    • Ingredients: 4 large carrots (peeled and chopped), 2 parsnips (peeled and chopped), 2 turnips (peeled and chopped), 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dried thyme, salt and pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a bowl, toss vegetables with olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes until tender and caramelized.
  2. Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
    • Ingredients: 4 large potatoes (peeled and chopped), 1/2 cup milk, 4 tbsp butter, 2 cloves garlic (minced), salt and pepper to taste and fresh chives for garnish.
    • Instructions: Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and mash with milk, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. Garnish with fresh chives.

Desserts: Decadent Treats

  1. Classic Victoria Sponge Cake:
    • Ingredients: 1 cup butter (softened), 1 cup sugar, 4 eggs, 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup raspberry jam, 1 cup heavy cream (whipped), powdered sugar for dusting.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in flour and baking powder. Divide batter between two greased and lined cake tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Spread jam on one cake layer, top with whipped cream, and place the second layer on top. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
  2. Mini Pavlovas with Fresh Berries:
    • Ingredients: 4 egg whites, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp white vinegar, 1 tsp cornstarch, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup whipped cream, 1 cup mixed fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries).
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a clean, dry bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in vinegar, cornstarch, and vanilla extract. Spoon meringue onto the baking sheet, forming small nests. Bake for 1 hour, then turn off the oven and let meringues cool completely inside. Top with whipped cream and fresh berries before serving.

Drinks: Refreshing Beverages

  1. Lemon Basil Spritzer:
    • Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup simple syrup, 4 cups sparkling water, ice cubes, lemon slices for garnish.
    • Instructions: In a pitcher, muddle basil leaves with lemon juice and simple syrup. Add sparkling water and stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.
  2. French 75 (Alcoholic Option):
    • Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, Champagne or sparkling wine, lemon twist for garnish.
    • Instructions: In a shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
  3. Sparkling Elderflower Gin and Tonic (Alcoholic Option):
    • Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1 oz elderflower liqueur, tonic water, ice cubes, fresh mint leaves, lemon slices for garnish.
    • Instructions: In a glass, combine gin and elderflower liqueur. Fill with ice cubes and top with tonic water. Stir gently and garnish with fresh mint leaves and lemon slices.


A Bake Off-themed dinner party is a fantastic way to bring the excitement and creativity of a baking competition to your home. With this menu, you can create a delicious and engaging experience that will delight your guests and make your party a memorable event. Enjoy the food, the drinks, and the competitive atmosphere!


Can I prepare these dishes in advance? Yes, many of these items can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus on hosting during the party.

What non-alcoholic drinks can I serve? In addition to the Lemon Basil Spritzer, you can offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks like sparkling water with fruit slices, herbal iced tea, or a non-alcoholic punch to keep all guests refreshed and happy.

How can I cater to dietary restrictions with this menu? Offer a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options like Mini Quiche Assortment and Roasted Root Vegetables. Clearly label any potential allergens.

What's the best way to serve the food at a Bake Off-themed party? Plated service works well for a more formal atmosphere, but buffet-style serving can also be elegant if presented beautifully and allows guests to sample a variety of foods.

How can I make the party more interactive with the food and drinks? To make the party more interactive, consider setting up a DIY dessert station where guests can assemble their own mini pavlovas or top their own Victoria Sponge Cake slices. You can also include a friendly baking competition or a taste-testing game to keep everyone entertained.