Nadiya Hussain won the final of The Great British Bake Off 2015 after stunning Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry by baking her own wedding cake.
Judge Paul said: “Nadiya has brought something special to Bake Off. Her flare, her ideas, her emotion, her passion there in all her bakes. She nailed the whole final… and that was the best-tasting final we’ve ever had!”
Nadiya, 30, from Leeds, said tearfully after winning: “I’m never ever going to put boundaries on myself again. I’m never going to say I can’t do it. I’m never going to say… I don’t think I can… I CAN and I will!”
Nadiya was up against Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray and baked a “big fat British wedding cake” adorned with jewels from her own wedding day as the showstopper.
The pressure got to Ian, who forgot to add sugar to the dough of his spiced buns, while Tamal struggled when the creme patissiere for his toffee and marmalade iced buns failed to set in time.
Earlier in the final, Nadiya won the technical challenge by baking a ‘perfect’ raspberry millefeuille.
She said: “Bizarrely, I found the final was one of the least scariest [rounds] and I really enjoyed the experience the most out of all the filming days. I felt at that stage that I could do really well or really badly, I had nothing to lose, so I went into the tent and gave it everything I could.
“The showstopper was a celebration cake, and as I never had my own wedding cake I wanted a proper iced wedding cake.”
Nadiya, didn’t have a wedding cake because she got married in Bangladesh, and she chose to bake her husband’s favourite – lemon drizzle.
She said: “At the very end of the filming I took the cake out to my family’s table and we all had a slice. So my husband and I did get our wedding cake after all.”
Being crowned Great British Bake Off champion has given her the impetus to follow her passion.
“Being a mum to three small children under 10 is pretty time consuming, but I wanted to have my own adventure, which with a very supportive husband and a belief in my own ability, I can now carry on having my adventure.”