Here’s everything that happened in the first new episode of ‘The Great British Bake Off’

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On Tuesday night, “The Great British Bake Off” returned to our screens for its first episode on Channel 4. With new judge Prue Leith and presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig in tow, here’s the round-up of everything that happened in ‘Cake Week’.


As always, the first week in the “Bake off” tent was cake week, and 12 fresh-faced home bakers arrived hopeful and excited.

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The picture above shows the new crew in full. From left to right, we have Chris, Yan, Sophie, Julia, Liam, presenter Sandi Toksvig, judge Paul Hollywood, Tom, judge Prue Leith, Peter, presenter Noel Fielding, Stacey, James, Kate, Steven, and Flo.


The first challenge the bakers faced was to create a “fruity” cake. Noel and Sandi told us that the challenge with baking a sponge laden with fresh fruits is making sure the natural moisture doesn’t create a soggy sponge.

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Noel Fielding and Prue Leith.
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Serbian-born Julia is the first baker to fall victim to a soggy sponge, and she confesses to Noel that she forgot to drain the excess moisture from her courgette and lemon (!) sponge.

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19-year-old Liam goes for a loaf tin for his apple crumble cake, and Paul is instantly dubious that it will bake in time.

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James goes for a sponge laden with rhubarb, and falls victim to the first soggy bottom of the series.

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Sophie’s perfect coconut pineapple cake left the judges reeling, and earned Paul’s sought-after handshake — as does Steven’s stunning bonfire apple cake, pictured here.

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Going into the show’s first ever ad break, it starts to become obvious who’s going to struggle and Peter, Chris and James all know they need to impress in the next technical challenge.

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James’ rhubarb cake’s soggy bottom and raw centre was a flop with the judges.
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The bakers’ first technical challenge is to make 12 identical chocolate Swiss rolls with peppermint butter cream and white chocolate decoration.

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Kate’s identical piping and neat swirls land her first place…

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…Whilst a flat sponge and messy chocolate leaves Chris in the bottom spot.

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The show’s third and final challenge is the ‘show-stopper round’. The bakers are asked to create an “illusion cake” — a cake that takes on the appearance of anything else.

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Yan’s ramen-inspired cake uses pasta-machined fondant and her science background to create fish roe.

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Liam’s cake, designed to look like a stack of pancakes, is inspired by breakfasts with his Mum at home in Hackney.

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Both Sophie and Stacey go for cakes inspired by a night on the tiles, with a bucket of champagne and a clutch bag respectively…

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…But Peter’s “loaf of bread” with a sugar-work knife leaves the judges wanting more.

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In the end, it’s Steven’s airbrushed sponge sandwich that wins the sought-after “Star Baker” award…

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Last place is a toss-up between Chris and Peter…

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…And we say goodbye to Peter, who’s the first baker to leave the tent.

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As we wind down from the stressful rollercoaster that was our return to “Bake Off”, we catch a glimpse of next week’s challenges — biscuit week.

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