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The Great British Bake Off

S3-E1 Cakes

S3-E1 Cakes

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“You respect Mary but you fear The Wood,” says one of the 12 amateurs in this year’s exceedingly good baking contest. And with good reason because while Queen Mary Berry is always charmingly polite about the soggiest-bottomed disaster, silver fox Paul Hollywood’s straight talking can cut through a nervy cook like a hot knife through butter.

The format’s the same, although there’s no well-endowed squirrel in the opening sequence and the nostalgia-draped Bake Off tent is now set up in glorious Somerset countryside. And the delicious Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc still provide the funny bits — and a shoulder to cry on — in between the bouts of baking.

The standard of baking has risen like a perfect soufflé with each series — some of the showstopper cakes in this first round are truly amazing — but mistakes are still made. Dusting a cake tin with salt instead of sugar is never a good idea.


Another chance to see the 2012 contest, as presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins invite 12 enthusiastic bakers to take part in a contest to determine which of them is Britain's best amateur, facing challenges devised by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. To begin with, they tackle an upside down cake, before following Paul's recipe for rum babas, a hybrid of cake and enriched dough that baffles some of the competitors. Finally, they are challenged to produce a show-stopping cake that reveals a hidden design when sliced into. Who will be first to leave?

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mel Giedroyc
Presenter Sue Perkins
Judge Paul Hollywood
Judge Mary Berry
Executive Producer Kieran Smith
Executive Producer Anna Beattie
Series Producer Amanda Westwood
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