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Baking and BSL

An illustration of two adults baking a cake with a child, who is wearing a hearing aid and signing the word for 'cake'.

Welcome to a very special corner of the internet, where you can learn about baking and British Sign Language! Our Social Media Executive Stacey, who has been deaf since birth, shares some baking BSL terminology for you to practice.

Find out more about British Sign Language.

Learn some baking words in BSL








Party Bakes

Signing on TV

Have you seen Tasha on the Great British Bake Off this year? She’s the show’s first deaf contestant, and we’re pleased to see a spotlight on deaf awareness and Deaf culture, including sign names.

What is a sign name?

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘sign name’, when learning about BSL? Mariette, Development Officer at RNID, explains what sign names are and why they’re so special.
Learn about sign names

“When we lined up outside the tent to do our first walk-in show, we were all so nervous. It was a big moment when Noel introduced not only Alison but also Daryl as part of the line-up. Seeing Daryl up at the front and feeling fully part of the show was a really special moment. I couldn’t have done it without him.” 

Daryl is a qualified British Sign Language/ English interpreter who is facilitating communication between the deaf and hearing participants on the show.

Find out more about Tasha and Daryl’s involvement on the Great British Bake Off 2023.

Tasha. Copyright: Love Productions / Channel 4 / Mark Bourdillon

Bake for RNID

Want to support RNID by hosting a bake sale? Put your newfound knowledge of BSL and baking to the test. You make the cakes, we’ll bring the bunting!

Bake for RNID

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just like eating the cookie dough when no one’s looking, why not host a bake sale to support people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus? We’ve got all the info you need.
Bake for RNID

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Page last updated: 1 December 2023

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