The Great British Bake Off


Series 2 - Episode 1 Cakes



“Sublime!” “Disgusting – and it’s stuck to the roof of my mouth!” Paul Hollywood’s certainly honest in the opening round of this exceedingly good baking contest. And it’s nice to see the return of Hollywood, who became a bit of a heart-throb during the first series; something to do with those arctic-fox blue eyes.

It’s as moreish as a cherry-blossom cupcake and as richly satisfying as a two-tier chocolate ganache sponge, yet The Great British Bake Off has such a simple premise – 12 amateurs bake various cakes, pies and breads for judges Hollywood and “Queen” Mary Berry, and each week the worst cook is sent home until we have a winner. Yet it’s mouthwateringly entertaining.

Interestingly, there seem to be more “blokes” this time – one’s a rugby player, another’s a 19-year-old engineering student from Croydon – while the inventiveness scales new heights. Guinness, Pernod, liquorice, yuzu, orchids and fig truffles all figure in the cupcake test. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins do the funny bits in between the whisking and the icing.


From 2011, 12 enthusiastic home-cooks take part in a culinary contest devised by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry to determine which of them is Britain's best amateur baker. In the first round, the competitors are challenged to make 24 decorated cupcakes in two hours, before being asked to bake a coffee and walnut Battenberg cake. Presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

Cast & Crew

Judge Paul Hollywood
Judge Mary Berry
Host Mel Giedroyc
Host Sue Perkins
Executive Producer Anna Beattie
Series Editor Melissa Brown
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