Baking, schmaking. Cakes + baking angst = TV gold

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Image: Great British Bake Off 2014 tug of war

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They’ve perfected pastry, piped patisserie and peered anxiously into their ovens for months and finally tomorrow we’ll see Luis, Nancy, Richard and his pencil battle it out for the 2014 Great British Bake Off crown.

 

Let’s put Mary's fashion credentials to one side for a moment and talk about those facial expressions (not forgetting Paul's evil stare). 

Life is too short to make fondant icing, right?

Wrong. Mary Berry has never looked so horrified than when she discovered contestant Enwezir Nzegwu had used SHOP-BOUGHT fondant icing (the horror) for his 3D biscuit scene.


Her death-stare could have frozen ice cream. *Hides packet of fondant icing behind the baked beans*.

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Mary Berry on shop-bought icing

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You did what?

In advanced dough week Nancy went rogue. She decided to finish off her first prove IN THE MICROWAVE and the blue-eyed baker, aka ‘the male judge’, was quick to sharpen that evil stare.

 

He also took great pleasure in her plaited plum loaf being under-proved.  No one likes a know-it-all, Paul. 

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Paul Hollywood on Nancy using microwave

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The Swiss roll split

When resident hipster Iain tried out his "very clever" method for mastering the Swiss roll – cutting slits into the sponge before rolling (we’re not joking) - Paul and Mary were having none of it.


Sadly for the bearded one, he couldn’t prove them wrong – and that face doesn't exactly say "confident". 

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Swiss Roll

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The way to Mary’s heart

The quarter-finals saw Mary get high … on doughnuts. Well, Luis’ mojito and mudslide creations (labelled “coffee bombs with alcohol” by Paul), to be exact.

The deep-fried treats looked like they’d stepped off a cabaret stage and Mary couldn’t contain her excitement.

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Mary Berry tasting Luis' doughnuts

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Spray away

We often see her squirrelling away the best of the baker’s goodies, but Mel made a fatal faux pas this series in advanced dough week.

 

The presenter picked up a bottle of what she thought was Marsala (the Italian sweet wine) and sprayed it into her mouth. Unfortunately for her, it was oil. Cue gagging. 

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Mel sprays oil into mouth

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Oh, Norman

Our favourite baking Scot decided to top his sweet pie with lavender meringue (seriously?) and it was the first time ever that we've pitied the judges for having to tuck into baked goods all day long.

Paul's face says it all.

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Norman's lavender meringue

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Chetna struck gold

Picture this: you stumble across the answers to an exam before you take the test and then you get top marks.

Well, that's exactly what happened to Chetna in the technical challenge. Having made a povitica (eastern European cross between bread and pastry) in the previous round, she couldn't hide the glee on her face. 

Who can blame her?

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Chetna povitico

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Who me?

When you're at the centre of a national baked alaska related outcry (and the starter of a hashtag), what else can you do than look utterly outraged?

 

Moral of the story: please don't take anyone's ice cream out of the freezer.

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Diana Beard Baked Alaska

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