Leicester Bake Off star Josh Smalley wants to teach you how to make space cakes on Instagram

osh Smalley stands outside National Space Centre
Josh said he is exicted to get as many people possible baking his creations -Credit:National Space Centre

Leicester’s Great British Bake Off star Josh Smalley is set to give people an "out-of-this-world" masterclass. Would-be bakers will be able to make their own edible meteorites and astronaut ice cream courtesy of the free event launching tomorrow (Friday, May 10).

Josh, a chemistry researcher at the University of Leicester, was a runner-up in last year’s Great British Bake Off and has teamed up with Leicester’s National Space Centre for the event. He will be hosting Mission Bake - a space-themed baking bonanza free on Instagram.

The Bake Off star will use artefacts from the Space Centre to inspire the bakes. He said: “I'm so incredibly excited to be working with the National Space Centre on this new project Mission Bake. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wonders of space and the many amazing artefacts at the Space Centre through the art of baking.”

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Josh Smalley with some space themed bakes
Josh's creations will be for bakers young and old -Credit:National Space Centre

The Insta-event will begin with Josh at the Space Centre to give an overview of the wonders of the universe before he heads off to his 'Space Kitchen' at the University of Leicester to get baking. Josh will be guiding bakers each step of the way as they whip up their own edible meteorites, space food and astronaut ice cream.

Josh said: “There will be bakes for everyone to try at home as a family, along with some out of this world showstoppers which will hopefully inspire other creations of your own. So buckle up and let's get ready to go on this journey of space bakes! We will be taking lots of recommendations along the way so you can already begin to think of what things you would like to see.”

National Space Centre bosses hope Josh’s bakes will inspire as many people as possible. Paul Millington, the centre’s content manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Josh on Mission Bake. He has an amazing passion for bringing science to life and through this series he’ll be using his incredible baking skills to inspire people of all ages to get interested in space and science.”

Josh’s space bakes launch on Instagram this Friday (May 10). They will be available to watch on Instagram pages @joshpsmalley and @spacecentre.