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Gay TikTok Star B Dylan Hollis Tries Crazy Baking Recipes

Side by side stills of B Dylan Hollis from his TikTok channel. In the image on the left, Hollis wears a black top and blue jeans as he holds up a bowl full of mandarin oranges above another bowl with a white mixture in it. In the image on the right, Hollis is wearing a grey sweatshirt with 'Colorado' written on it in blue lettering. He looking up to the left at an empty bundt pan with remnants of a cake that he is holding up in one hand. The cake is sitting on a wire cooling rack Hollis has in his other hand

B Dylan Hollis mixes humor about his identity as a gay man in his TikTok videos with strange recipes from history. (TikTok/@bdylanhollis)

A gay TikTok star entertains millions by recreating unique “back then” recipes with a dash of personality and LGBTQ+ humor.

B Dylan Hollis says: PinkNews that he’s just “some toothpick looking dude screaming in his kitchen with recipes that aren’t even mine”. But in reality, he is an icon on TikTok who has amassed a whopping 8.8 million followers on the platform for his over-the-top presence while mimicking crazy recipes from the past.

In one video, he aggressively spoons his “nemesis” lard into a pan and yells “fire” in a small kitchen while letting it melt for a while. 1941 peanut butter soup recipe. Hollis explains that the soup — which he describes as a bowl of “hot beige” — was designed to provide people with an “ideal macronutrient intake” during the war.

He adds “floaf powder,” “moo juice,” and a can of chopped mussels to flour for a 1974 fishcake recipe. Spooning the strange mixture into a muffin tin, he yells, “What are you?” and jokes that in high school he always wondered about his own sexuality.

@bdylanhollis

Who wants fish cakes? #baking #vintage #To cook #Biscuit

♬ original sound – B. Dylan Hollis

He jokes about how everyone is a “deep nine inches” if he measures a can for a vinegar pie – yes, you read that right. He teases being there “two fruitcakes here” while recreating a 1915 recipe for a pork belly fruitcake on TikTok.

B Dylan Hollis says: PinkNews that he was not a baker before joining TikTok at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as he is a “jazz pianist by profession” specializing in 1940s Big Band jazz.

But the Bermuda resident started the app because he “started talking to the furniture and appliances” in his home due to quarantine restrictions while studying in the US.

“I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer,” Hollis said. “Of course I expected that to come through in the music sphere, but I found the cookbook and I said, ‘You know what, let’s add two and two together’.”

He continues: “I found this ridiculous recipe for… pork cakewhich was just good old dessert bread, apart from having a pound of ground pork in it.

“And I said, ‘This is ridiculous. This is a real recipe in print. I’m going to record it’. I loved making it so much. I didn’t really enjoy eating it.”

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

“Of course we can read about history in books, we can learn about history in a lecture, we can see history through pictures and videography,” he says. “But to be able to taste it? That is something very peculiar, very intriguing.”

He adds: “It ties into those fleshly centers that we all have as humans because we have to eat.

“So this connection between food and the past, it’s a really unique way to put yourself in the shoes of the people of the past.”

As his popularity grew, Hollis says some viewers sent him cookbooks from the past that 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 it upon himself to recreate the bread on TikTok, adding his over-the-top energy and electric personality.

@bdylanhollis

What a surprise this was #baking #vintage #To cook #bread

♬ original sound – B. Dylan Hollis

B Dylan Hollis says: PinkNews that it made sense to use peanut butter in the recipe because it was a “shelf-life butter” and the final product “tasted delicious.” Hollis says it was a “fulfilling and exciting” way to learn about history in a different way.

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

“I’ve always been like this when it comes to being a little crazy and an overgrown kid, and I didn’t expect so many people to like it,” Hollis says.

He describes his comedy as a “vehicle” for him to express how people feel, but “through social decorum we can’t always talk about [certain kinds of feelings]”, which was important because it can be “quite hostile” to the LGBTQ+ community “at home” in Bermuda.

Homosexuality is legal in Bermuda, and same-sex marriage was first legalized in the British Overseas Territory in 2017. Just a few months later, Bermuda became the first country to repeal already legalized same-sex marriage, and its ruling in subsequent years.

In March, a London tribunal upheld the 2018 Bermuda law banning same-sex marriage in the British Overseas Territory, despite fierce protests from LGBTQ+ activists.

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

He continues, “So this is kind of my way of sharing myself with what I assume people accept, and it’s been proven to be the case — and it’s made me feel a whole lot better about myself.”

B Dylan Hollis says: PinkNews he has received comments from fans that his videos brightened their day or thanked him for being himself, which he admits he doesn’t know how to do. He says he doesn’t know how to be someone else, but he encourages others to live their lives authentically because “there is always a high price to pay for not being yourself.

“If You Accept All Ways” [aspects] When you accept who you are, affirm who you are, magical things start to happen—whether it’s just through inner recognition or just polite happiness,” says Hollis.

He continues: “A very important facet of my life is being true to myself – whether that’s being silly, yelling or telling silly jokes in the kitchen.

“I’m yelling ‘ah-gi’ [egg], and I can’t say ‘cinnamon’ correctly. I get a lot of comments like, “This is an overgrown kid,” and I say, “You’re damn right. This is an overgrown kid, and I’m having fun.”

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