Matilda: The Great Bruce Bogtrotter Bake Off

The Great Bruce Bogtrotter Bake Off

We were delighted to join former Great British Bake Off 2018 contestant Briony May Williams and the cast of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical at The Bristol Hippodrome on Tuesday 14 May for a very special bake off, recreating Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate cake.

As well as tasting the results we also got to chat to Briony May, who says the event was definitely one of the more unusual things she’s been asked to do since appearing on the TV show, and to cast members Steffan Lloyd-Evans and Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, who play The Escapologist and Mrs Phelps. It was Michelle’s birthday and she was very excited to discover the special twist Briony had given her recipe.

The Great Bruce Bogtrotter Bake Off

Bristol native Briony May made her own version of the show’s iconic chocolate cake and decorated it on stage at the Hippodrome with a little help from Sophie Woolhouse, who plays Matilda, and Toby Mocrei, who plays Bruce Bogtrotter. They are pictured here with Carly Thoms, who plays Miss Honey.

Bruce Bogtrotter

However, what the young stars didn’t know is that Briony’s version of the iconic cake had a modern twist: it was in fact vegan, using healthier ingredients than in a traditional chocolate cake recipe.

Briony, who finished fourth in the 2018 series of The Great British Bake Off, said: “Being on the Bake Off was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I loved every minute. As well as it being an amazing thing to do, it’s also led me to awesome opportunities like this.

“I used to read Matilda as a child and always imagined what the Bruce Bogtrotter cake would look and taste like, and now I get to make it myself! However, there is a bit of a twist: my Bruce Bogtrotter cake is vegan.

“It still looks and tastes as delicious as any other chocolate cake but it is entirely made with plant-based products.”

bruce bogtrotter

The famous cake-eating scene from Roald Dahl’s original novel Matilda sees young Bruce Bogtrotter forced to eat an entire chocolate cake in front of his classmates by the tyrannical Miss Trunchbull, after the wicked headmistress catches Bruce scoffing on a sneaky slice of her prized dessert.

The scene is one of the best-loved moments of both the book and film and has been cleverly recreated for the stage in Matilda The Musical, which runs at The Bristol Hippodrome until 8 June 2019.

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If you’d like to recreate Briony May’s vegan chocolate cake at home, you’ll find the recipe on her Instagram grid at @brionymaybakes – we’re definitely going to give it a go!