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Today, crazy chef Stefan Gates takes the ingredients of a kuch
cake to a whole new level. -- cup cake to a whole new level. Sure you
are ready for this?! It's going to Hello. Hello. As you can see,
Barney is poised at this piano and he's going to be playing live for
us. Don't worry, he has something much better up his sleeve than that
which is seriously impressive. He's going to accompany a Britain's Got
Talent star who's 13 and today he releases his first album. It's
Ronan Parke. We danced there, we can't help it,
we're excited. Make some noise for Ronan Parke.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Hello. Hi. Ronan! Welcome to the
show. Thank you. Because it's your first time, before we get started,
I have something to give to you. It's a Blue Peter badge. Argh.
whiting is that? Shall I put it on for you? Yes. Tell us how it's been
for you, one minute you are in a talent show, the next you are on
Blue Peter, talk to us? It's been crazy but I'm having so much fun.
Recording material, you are going on TV, do you still go to school?
Yes, I still go to school quite a lot but when I'm away I have a
tutor but it's harm term now so it's OK. Firework on your album,
Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga, did you have a say on what was going to be
on there? Yes, a lot of say, all of them are songs I like, so I hope
people like it. I have to say, I love the song that you two will be
performing for us later on. You've never performed together, in fact
you've only just met a few hours ago. We are doing it live. How are
you feeling? Nervous but excited. How are you feeling, do you trust
him? Yes, yes. For now I want to tell you something, a couple of
weeks ago, Stefan Gates was talking to us about this simple cup cake
but it's got pink icing on it. You can make it pink by apparently
mushing up dead insects and using their blood. He's going to take
some more of these ingreedients and show us how explosive they are. You
are going to love this. I'm Stefan Gates and if you have seen me on
gastro nuts, you will know that I love cooking and am obsessed with
the wild side of food, not only how it tastes but experimenting with it
and pushing the boundaries of what food can do.
And now I'm on a mission to expose the extreme side of one of the most
popular baked goods of all, the sweet, humble cup cake.
Last time I proved that the first three ingredients of cup cakes can
be bizarre. So what goes into this to turn it pink? It's an insect.
Unexpectedly strong. The strength is in the shells. Here we go. Oh,
my word. And highly reactive. The Lemon juice is reacting with the
bicarbonate of soda and releasing carbon dioxide. Now it's time to
meet the cup cake bad boys. Icing sugar and flour. Are you sure
you're ready for this?! Icing sugar. What does it do? The icing is there
to give a lovely extra sweetness on top of the cake and it's made out
top of the cake and it's made out of this stuff here, icing sugar.
All that icing sugar is is normal sugar grind down into a fine powder.
Looks boring, but it's packed full of energy. To show you the energy,
I'm going to release it by burning I'll put a couple of spoonfuls into
this apparatus. And then, I'm going to blow the icing sugar across a
This fireball is the icing sugar being set on fire by the gas flame.
The kind of sugar you put into tea wouldn't do this, icing sugar
particles are tiny and powdery, so they burn quickly and violently. A
lovely smell of toffee in the air now. All of that flame was all the
energy in the icing sugar being released in one go. It's powerful
stuff. It's not just icing sugar that
reacts like this. Let's go extreme with the last extraordinary cup
cake ingredients. It's flour. Looks boring doesn't it? But this stuff
is immensely important. Billions of people eat products made with flour
every day, it's in bread, cakes and it's thought to be the most ancient
baking ingredient of all, first used about 11,000 years ago. But
this stuff has one surprising extra element to it.
It's highly explosive. Nour on its own like this is
completely safe. -- flour. However, when you throw it up into the air,
the energy is mixed with the oxygen in the air and all it takes in one
spark to release all of the energy very fast and very violently.
Inside flour is a nutrient called carbohydrate and that contains the
energy released into our bodies when we eat it, or when it's blown
up, which is exactly what's about to happen next. Now, I've never Don
this before in my life. I've got no idea if it's going to work. But for
my final experiment, I'm going to test the true power of flour in its
most dangerous state. I've got two massive bags of plain flour, it's
exactly the same sort of stuff used to make cup cakes. I'm going to see
if we can blow this up. And if the heat of the explosion can be enough
to melt some marshmallows and toast some cup cakes. I've recruited
special effects designer Mark who's responsible for Big Bangs, dramatic
stunts and flashy effects in loads of TV shows. It's a highly skilled
job, requiring years of training, so Mark's the perfect man for a
dangerous stunt like this. How are we going to go about this? I have a
kilo of gunpowder here. We have to be quite quick to lift the flour
into a dust suspension, these sparky bits will light the cloud of
dust and give us a ball of flame. To work with gunpowder, you need a
special licence issued by the police and Mark's got one.
dispersing all the particles to the right kind of concentration and
hopefully it will be flames going up to ignite it with the air and
the oxygen around. Exactly. Sure about this? Yes. What can possibly
go wrong?! Purely in the interests of science,
I want to see a food that would normally get bake and towed like
marshmallows and crumpets will be cooked by the heat of the explosion.
And the other stuff? Well, I just fancied blowing them up. Do you
reckon these will cook? Marshmallows possibly, I wouldn't
count on the baked potato, to be honest. If all goes to plan, the
gunpowder will blast into the air and sparks will ignite the flour
cloud and make it explode into a lovely orangey fireball, hopefully
cooking my food in the process. I'm so excited. It's like I've built
the world's most dangerous oven. Everything's in place ready to go.
I'm standing way back and my finger's on the detonator button.
My heart's going quite fast now. OK, The red flame ball is the flour
combusting at a super high speed. Now, the same energy release
happens inside your body when you eat flour, but luckily it happens
much more slowly inside you. That was enormous! This is carnage.
Bits of stuff everywhere. There's a strong smell of burnt flour, I
suppose. Did anything survive? The potato mad it all the way over here.
It's kind of turned into tar. It has actually toasted my cup cake.
Whether it's made it any better or not is another matter. Ah. Oh, look,
that's actually a bit of obliterated marshmallow.
Made it go very, very gooey. Look, here is another whole marshmallow.
I would eat it, but it's covered in gunpowder. It's kind of intact
though. I think that flew, rather than toasted.
So there you go, five every day ingredients that turn out to be
extraordinary. Pink icing made from crushed up
insects, superbly structured eggs, strong enough to take my weight and
more, bicarbonate of soda which reacts strangely with Lemon juice,
icing sugar, sweet but deadly and plain old flour, essential for
making cakes but has the explosive power of a bomb. All packed inside
your sweet little cup cake. I don't know about you, but that's
really made me want a toasted marshmallow. They were a bit more
crispy than I'm used to. He looks mad but Stefan is a trained
professional and takes every precaution to make sure everything
he does is safe. Don't try that at home. He's mad in a good way. The
reason he's been playing with the ingredients is that we are hoping
to get you into the kitchen and hold bake sales. You have been out
there holding your own sales and raising money for Children In Need.
It's been happening for so long, we thought we'd show you one of the
many bake sales that's been taking place.
All across the country, lots of you have been getting involved with our
Bake A Difference appeal. We are in Loughborough to check in on this
school to see how they're getting on. We managed to sell cakes for
Children In Need. And we are going to raise a lot of money. I think
making cakes is a brilliant idea because everyone loves cakes.
cake you sell makes a difference. With the money collected, we are
going to help provide funds for children living with chronic or
life-limiting ill nns the UK. To find out more about getting
involved with the appeal, head to the Blue Peter website for more
tips and recipes. Let's see how the We'll give you a discount.
great. After a hard morning's work, they sold a whopping 50 cakes. I
think that deserves a cheer. It really does. Thank you so much
to everybody getting involved with the appeal this year, you are
really making a massive difference to children's lives. Thank you so
much. Only a couple of weeks left until Children In Need, so if you
are thinking about having a bake sale, get cracking. Lots of you
have been getting involved including Ella and Thiana. They did
a sale and raised �83 selling over 200 items. Thank you, ladies.
Connie and Jack held a sale outside their house with the amazing help
of their friends and sold at least 50 fairy cakes, five big cakes,
flap jacks and banana bread and lots more. The neighbours were
great and donated cakes and together they raised a whopping
�110 in just two hours. Amazing. appreciate your efforts and are
trying to give you a mention. Look out for some of your names and some
of your pledges are scrolling across the screen now. These kids
in Barnet baked cakes and raised some money. They enjoyed raising it
and are proud to be sport and are proud to be sport
and are proud to be sport supporting Children In Need.
Mia is aged nine, one slash two. Nine-and-a-half. Started at 1
o'clock, had loads of people calling in. She had a spotty table
cloth like Pudsey. That's caught! She told everything and raised
�108.93. Impressive. Thank you so much. I think it's almost time to
light up the totalliser. We are asking you how many items you
pledge to bake and sell for Children In Need. Last week, we
were at 14,000. Et us see how we are doing at the minute. Drum roll,
please. The total number is... 23,099. That is incredible. Thank
you so much. Keep baking, keep selling and keep letting us know
what you are selling. We like it when we hear we've got 47 cakes, 25
biscuits, you like the fruity and oaty bars, so keep your pledges
coming in. Almost time for you and Ronan to perform for us. You are
going to love it! And, if you've sent in a question for Ronan, stay
tuned because some of you are going to be joining us via the magical
means of technology to ask Ronan some questions. But before that,
let's see what else is coming up in this series of Blue Peter.
I'll be having a jiling and finding out why laughter rally is the best
medicine -- jiggle. The stars of Young Dracula will be making
gruesome goodies for Halloween. the wonderfully talented Pixie Lott
will be here in the studio. So much to look forward to, so don't move
your bums from those seats. like Pixie don't you? Great voice,
great songs. You are chomping at the bit to speak to him and he's
right here, it's Ronan Parke. How you doing? Good, thank you. We've
loads of keen callers wanting to speak to you. Ready to answer some
questions? Yes. Before we do that, I have to ask because lods of
people have been asking, who do you think is going to win X Factor?
have a favourite and I think she will win, it's Mica B. What is it
like being in one of those competitions because everyone's
watching and analysing everything you do? It's really nerve-racking
but I guess because I have such a passion for music and singing, I
just love doing it and wanted to do it more and more so...
Let es get stuck into the calls because they are ready and waiting.
Jake, are you there? Yes. Hi, Jake, that's got to be the girliest
scream I have ever heard. Can I please just say happy birthday to
my friend Poppy? You just did. Happy birthday, Poppy. What is your
question, Jake? Hello. What is it like being on stage and like, do
you get nervous in front of the cameras? It's great being on screen,
it's all different to normal and it's just a great experience, but
yes I do get really scared and nervous before I go on, but when I
start singing it just really goes away really. Do you have any
techniques to get rid of your nerves? It's just as soon as I get
on and the crowd's reaction, it goes away really. Thank you very
much for your question, Jake. Easy zi, are you there? -- Issie.
Can I just say I'm a huge fan and I'm married to him so, if you could
work with any celebrity who would it be and what style of song would
you like to do with them? favourite artist is Lady Gaga, so
it would probably be her and one of her songs is on my album and it's
Edge of Glory so I think I would like to do that with her as a duet.
A proper stomping anthem that one, isn't it, a great tune. Thank you
Issie. Hi, Nadia, are you there? everyone. What is your question?
question to Ronan is, what job do you see yourself doing in the next
ten to 15 years? Well, when I really wanted to do singing, I
thought I was going to be too nervous and I wouldn't be able to
do it so I thought of a back up plan and thought that I would be a
policeman. Loosely related, I suppose. You could sing people's
fines to them. That would work! Nice! Amber, are you there? Yes.
Amber, what is your question? PROBLEM WITH SOUND
Are you near a TV with your phone, trouble with the sound there. Can
you hear us? Yes. What is your question? Will being in the
competition enable you to fulfil any of your other dreams? I've
always wanted to do singing. Yeah, it's just I think being on stage
and singing in front of lots and lots of people and I've experienced
so many amazing things really, so yes. Nice question. Good answer.
Thank you very much. We've had loads of you in touch.
Thank you to everybody who got in touch. Now, I have to say, I'm
excited about your performance. How are you feeling? Nervous but
excited. That's all he ever says. That's what you are supposed to say.
Over to your piano and microphone. On tomorrow's Blue Peter, you can
find out how I got on when I went to Chester Zoo to feed the animals.
They're cute, but very, very fussy creatures. And, if you are planning
a Halloween party, then don't miss tomorrow's shows. We have got a
make-up artist with some fantastic top tips. She's going to teach you
how to make bruises, scratches, you name it, we've got it. But right
now, we have an exclusive performance for you, performing
live, two fantastic talents, very proud of them, it's Barney Howard
# Making my way downtown # Walking fast
# Faces pass # And I'm home bound
# Staring blankly ahead # Just making my way
# Making a way # Through the crowd
# And I need you # And I miss you
# And now I wonder.... # If I could fall
#Into the sky # Do you think time # Would pass me by # 'Cause you know
I'd walk # A thousand miles # If I could # Just see you # Tonight #
It's always times like these # When I think of you # And I wonder # If
you ever # Think of me # 'Cause everything's so wrong # And I don't
belong # Living in your # Precious I miss you # And now I wonder.... #
# And I, I, don't wanna let you know
# I, I, drown in your memory # I, I, don't wanna let this go
Irbgs, irbgs, don't # It's always times like these when
I think of you # And I wonder if you ever think of
# Cos everything's so wrong and I don't belong
# Living in your precious memory # And I need you
# And I miss you # And now I wonder
# If I could fall into the sky # Do you think time would pass me
# Cos you know I'd walk A Thousand Miles
# If I could just see you tonight # If I could just hold you
# Tonight... APPLAUSE
Amazing! Amazing! Ronan Parke. Congratulations.