Some people examine their cakes thoroughly, some people make sure their recipes are extremely precise, and then there’s those who have a unique baking strategy you won’t find many places. Val Stones is one of those people.

Her strategy is to listen to her cakes. Val is a contestant on the current season of the Great British Bake Off, and she has quickly become a fan favorite for her unusual but effective technique. The retired headmistress from Somerset, U.K. can determine whether or not her cakes are ready by the sound they make.

"They sing," Val explains. "And they say 'I'm not ready, I'm not ready!'"

Val is a very positive person, with a lot of wisdom to share. Her quirky and joyous persona combined with her courage has transported her into the hearts of many, both in the U.K. and here in the U.S.

No doubt her listening technique will be duplicated by many aspiring bakers around the world, and you may even try it at your own bakery when nobody’s watching.