Whilst I/we all love the programme, baking under that pressure is far from ideal.
Here are a few tips that I find have helped produce good bakes over the years.
1. Get in the mood - put on your favourite CD/cooking clothes and you will instantly feel relaxed and clear minded.
2. Measure out in advance - get all of the ingredients measured out and ready, if cooking with milk or eggs (get them out of fridge and warmed up to room temp). When you come to baking it then seems easier,
3. Get rid of all distractions, put the dog in the garden, ask your partner to take the kids out (I love cooking with my kids for fun stuff, but when it comes to professional cooking they need to be out of the way), disconnect the phone.
4. Go with your gut feeling, although ingredients may say one thing, you know if a mixture looks too wet or dry, or if your bake looks cooked already before the allotted time -adjust accordingly.
5. Plan your time - Make sure you have plenty of time for things to cool, before you ice them. Or more time in case you drop something, have forgotten an ingredient and have to nip to the shops or have a baking blip!