Gᴀʏ TikTok Star Tries ʀɪᴅɪᴄᴜʟᴏᴜs And Wacky Baking Recipes And It’s Hilarious

A ɢᴀʏ TikTok star is entertaining millions by recreating unique recipes from “yesteryear” with a dash of personality and LGBTQ+ humour.

B Dylan Hollis tells PinkNews that he’s just “some toothpick looking guy sʜᴏᴜᴛɪɴɢ in his kitchen with recipes that aren’t even mine”. But in reality, he’s an icon on TikTok who’s gathered a massive 8.8 million followers on the platform for his overe top presence while recreating ᴡᴀᴄᴋʏ recipes from the past.

In one video, he aggressively spoons his “ɴᴇᴍᴇsɪs” lard into a saucepan and screams “ғɪʀᴇ” in a small kitchen as he melts it for a peanut butter soup recipe from 1941. Hollis explains the soup which he describes as a bowl of “ʜᴏᴛ ʙᴇɪɢᴇ” was designed to provide “ideal macronutrient intake” for people during the ᴡᴀʀ.

He adds “floof powder”, “moo juice” and a can of minced clams to flour for a 1974 fishy biscuit recipe. As he spoons the strange mixture into a muffin pan, he screams “What are you?” and quips that’s what he used to ask himself about his own sexuality in high school.

B Dylan Hollis tells PinkNews that he wasn’t a baker before he joined TikTok at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as he’s a “jazz pianist by trade”, specialising in 1940s Big Band jazz.

“I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer,” Hollis shares. “Naturally, I was expecting that to come through in the music sphere, but I found the cookbook and I said, ‘You know what, let’s put two and two together’.”

“And I said, ‘This is ridiculous. This is an actual recipe in print. I’m going to record it’. I had so much fun making it. I didn’t have quite so much fun eating it.”

B Dylan Hollis recalls how the reception to his TikTok fuelled him to continue making videos. He says he was also intrigued by how recreating old recipes could be a new way for him and his audience to experience the past.

“So this connection between eating and the past, it’s a very unique way to put oneself in the shoes of those in years gone by.”

As his popularity has grown, Hollis says some viewers have sent him cookbooks from the past which helped him “paint a picture of the cultural reflections in the dishes”.

One such dish was peanut butter bread – a recipe from the Great Depression when eggs, sugar and butter were scarce. Hollis took on recreating the bread on TikTok adding in his over-the-top energy and electric personality.

He just wants to “give people a chance to laugh” by creating his videos and showcasing his “enthusiasm”.

“I’ve always been this way when it comes to just being a bit goofy and an overgrown child, and I didn’t expect so many people to like it,” Hollis says.

In March, a London tribunal upheld the 2018 Bermuda law that ʙᴀɴɴᴇᴅ same sᴇx marriage in the British overseas territory despite a fierce ᴏᴜᴛᴄʀʏ from LGBTQ+ activists.

“It’s a very exciting and very comforting idea, so there’s this desire to share this [queer] part of me,” Hollis says. “But through growing up in a country like Bermuda, I never had the means to do that properly.”

B Dylan Hollis tells PinkNews he’s gotten comments from fans that his videos brightened up their day or thanked him for being himself, which he admits he doesn’t know how to take. He says he doesn’t know how to be anyone else, but he encourages others to live their lives authentically as there’s “always a heavy price to pay for not being yourself.

“When you accept all manners [aspects] of yourself, when you accept who you are, validate who you are, magical things begin to happen – whether that’s just from internal recognition or from just lived happiness,” Hollis says.

He continues: “A very important facet in my life is being true to myself – whether that’s ɢᴏᴏғɪɴᴇss, ʏᴇʟʟɪɴɢ or telling off-colour jokes in the kitchen.

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