Hot out of the oven, one of the year’s nailed-on highlights as C4’s The Great British Bake Off returns with new bakers and new themes
There’s a fresh baker’s dozen in the tent tonight as 13 hopefuls pour all of their imagination and inspiration into scoring a Hollywood handshake, as a new series of C4’s The Great British Bake Off begins.
Things kick off with cake week, starting with a divisive signature challenge: the humble fruit cake.
Then a tricky technical leads to one baker dismissing their creation as ‘inedible’ before a birthday cake showstopper challenge really separates the stars from the stragglers.
There are some fabulously gifted bakers this year, but after a whole decade of challenges, we can’t quite believe so many of them have missed one of the basic rules of cake decoration: wait for
the cake to cool before you try to ice it!
We hear there are brand-new themed weeks in this series of The Great British Bake Off…
Paul: There’s 1920s Week, Dairy Week and a festivals episode, which allows us to incorporate a global theme rather than just British baking – the bakers are choosing festivals not just from the UK but from anywhere in the world.
Obviously we had Danish Week in the last series, which was a disaster.
Sandi: Best week ever!
Prue: It can be festivals we’ve never heard of, but that’s fine, as long as they make a bun that goes with it.
Noel: It did smell a bit like someone had burned something when I went into the tent earlier.
Might have been a cake for the Burning Man Festival.
You all socialise together after each show. Is it true you’ve been crashing some weddings lately?
Paul: Sometimes there’s a wedding on at the hotel we stay at, and it can create a stir when they see us.
Sandi: The best thing recently was when one bride came over to Noel, quite drunk, and called him ‘Mr Noel’!
I was trying to get everyone to curtsy to him after that.
Noel: Paul gets to the bar first because he’s got the fastest car.
He looks a bit mean and moody, like Brando, so people are too scared to come up to him.
Then Prue turns up and they get a bit more confident, but when Sandi and I get there it’s open season!
Prue: I think they’ll regret it when their grandchildren ask who the curious person in the photo is.
Sandi: They’ll say, ‘It’s the bride, the groom and Mr Noel!’