It is sad to think that we are back to our normal television schedule now that the Olympics are over, but we now have something arguably better on our screens — The Great British Bake Off. Bakers from up and down the country are ready to do the seemingly impossible, impress judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the only people who spend all day eating cake and look disappointed about doing it.
This is now the third series of the baking competition. Last year the show became must watch television as we were treated to stunning cakes, biscuits and bread. But there were also a number of dramatic moments such as one of the contestants dropping his cake on the floor while decorating it and an inappropriate shot of a squirrel. So this series has a lot to live up to, and in one episode it did not disappoint.
Cautiously the contestants attempted to show off their skills making upside down cakes, rum babas and a hidden design cake, with presenters Sue and Mel to calm anyone down. The successes include a beautiful nursery rhyme hidden design cake and a toffee apple upside down cake. Whereas some of the less successful bakes included a rum baba with a light dusting of salt instead of sugar.
At the moment there are too many cakes and contestants to have figured out who the best and the worst bakers are, so here is a brief summary of all the people taking part this year.
Brendan’s speciality is bread and is currently attempting to bake every bread in the world.
Danny is taking part in the Great British Bake Off to test herself and her skills.
A passionate baker he made the first major mistake of the show by using salt instead of sugar.
Peter put the Great British into Great British Bake Off with a detailed Union Jack flag cake.
She is a vicar’s wife so uses her baking hobby as a chance to feed her husband’s congregation.
Stuart baked his own wedding cake, but so far has been too ambitious on the show.
Cathryn looks worried all the time while in the kitchen, but enjoys being a creative person with her cakes.
James is the youngest baker this series, his granny started off his hobby.
Her passion for baking comes from her Mum, and enjoys making classic English biscuits and cakes.
He likes to experiment with different flavours that he has found out about while travelling.
Voted star baker in week one, Victoria added the story of four and twenty blackbirds to her hidden design cake.
She struggled with week one’s tasks as she boiled her rum babas.
It may seem harsh but before even the contestants can remember who everyone is, one person has to leave. This week Natasha made too many simple mistakes for Paul and Mary to forgive. However, the rest of the bakers go on to take part in next week’s challenge, bread making.
If you missed this week’s return of The Great British Bake Off then you can catch up with it over on BBC iPlayer here. You can catch next week’s show at 8pm, Tuesday on BBC2.