Meet “Cake Boy” – or at least, that’s what his friends at Goldsmiths University call him. The drama student is a long-time fan of The Great British Bake Off, to the extent that he used to join in each week alongside the TV bakers and cook their creations.
He explains: “I have always loved baking and I wanted to apply to go on GBBO because I wanted a new adventure. By that I mean I wanted to push myself further.
“I am such a massive fan and so every time I watched it, if they made cakes, I would then go and bake cakes. Biscuit week for them – it would be the same for me!”
Now, at last, he’ll have his chance in front of the camera.
Liam has only baked for four years, but he is on a mission to make sure that baking is acceptable among the younger generations – starting with his nephews (11 and five), who help him out in the kitchen. “They really love making doughnuts,” he says. Ambition begins at home.
“I love cakes so much because it is a ‘go to’ bake,” Liam says. “It isn’t that stressful and everyone loves a cake. Anything with caramel in and I am right down there.”
His Instagram reveals oodles of perfectly-iced cakes piled high with chocolates, biscuits, pretzels and ice cream.
How well is he doing on The Great British Bake Off?
Arriving at the tent for the first time, reality kicked in. “I was so apprehensive,” Liam says. “But it’s just so surreal. You arrive on a coach and when you see the tent, you find yourself going ‘oh gosh, this really is happening to me.’ OMG and when I saw Prue and Paul, well that was just totally nuts.”
Liam just about kept it together for the first two challenges, but it was his first showstopper that really caught the judges’ eye, an illusion cake designed to look like a stack of pancakes.
Despite his constant worries that he’d be going home, Liam also made it through Biscuit Week in one piece. His Classroom Classics board game was wildly ambitious, but he just about pulled it off – and even played a game of noughts and crosses with Paul Hollywood.