Great British Bake Off smashes viewing record

The return of The Great British Bake Off smashed previous records for the hit BBC2 series, with a peak of 6.3 million viewers.

Unofficial overnight figures suggest the premiere of the fourth series of Bake Off was up by two million viewers on the previous series in 2012.

Last night’s episode, which included a sandwich cake challenge and a recipe for Angel food cake, peaked with 6.3m viewers in the five minutes from 8:50pm. BBC2’s average for the slot is of 2.7million.

If you want to test your skills against the Bake Off contestants, our friends at have recipes for both the sandwich cake and Angel food cake.