Can You Remember These Great British Bake Off Best Bakes?

The Great British Bake Off is everyone’s favourite TV show here at ChefXChange and we can’t wait for the new series to start so we took some time to review the Great British Bake Off best bakes.  The set of the infamous show is known to be an iconic setting for many of the highs, the lows and soggy bottoms of its bakers. The notorious baking tent garnished in English tablecloths and tea sets has witnessed not only disastrous bakes but triumphant ones as well.

Best Bake #10: Paul’s Lion Sculpture

Paul's Lion Bread

Paul’s Lion Bread Photo: BBC

Series 6: This spot goes to Paul’s lion sculpture that was made entirely of bread. The idea was so fantastic that the judges felt the need to reward it. It won a “ special commendation” something that’s never happened before in Bake Off history. Even judge Paul Hollywood went on to describe it as “one of the best things I’ve seen in bread – ever”.

Paul Great British Bake Off

Paul Great British Bake Off Series 6 Contestant Photo: BBC

Paul was a prison governor from Wales.

 

Best Bake #9: Ryan’s Key Lime Pie

Ryan's Key Lime Pie

Ryan’s Key Lime Pie
Photo: BBC

Series Three: Undoubtedly it is Ryan’s key lime pie that scored one of the best bakes ever during this season. Although he did come last in the technical challenge, he was able to win the accolade of star baker.

Ryan Great British Bake Off

Ryan Great British Bake Off Series 3 Contestant
Photo: BBC

Ryan, Jack of all trades from finance, to IT, to photography is from Bristol.

 

Best Bake #8: Howard’s Black Forest Revisited

Howards Black Forest Revisited

Howard’s Black Forest Revisited
Photo: BBC

Series four: Howard’s Black Forest Revisited left the jury speechless. The cake itself was a masterpiece, as Mary would say. The audience however simply loved it because of “Paul the Black Forest Bear”. It is not often that would you find an edible bear named after you and Paul Hollywood was the least impressed as it came to his surprise that Howard named his creation after him.

Howard Great British Bake Off

Howard Great British Bake Off Series 4 Contestant
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Howard came from Sheffield with a background as a graphic designer, no wonder he made such amazing creations.

 

Best Bake #7: James’ Rose, Lychee and Raspberry Fruit Tart

James' Rose, Lychee and Raspberry Tart

James’ Rose, Lychee and Raspberry Tart
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Series three: How to amaze a group of judges that have tasted everything in the gourmet market? Bake something with new flavours. James scored a triumphant success on this series with his rose, lychee and raspberry tart. From cream to macarons to raspberries, this tart truly had it all. Even judge Mary Berry confessed to having never tasted a rose-flavoured tart before

James Great British Bake Off

James Great British Bake Off Series 3 Contestant
Photo: BBC

James, entered the baking tent whilst studying for his medicine degree, he is from Shetland.

 

Best Bake #6: John’s Heaven and Hell Chiffon Cake

John's Heaven ad Hell Cake

John’s Heaven and Hell Cake
Photo: BBC

Series Three: John’s Heaven and Hell Chiffon cake was the session’s grand finale that helped our young law student win the competition. This bake did not only destroy the creations of all the other contestant but it won high praises from the judge. It is essentially made from a collection of individual lemon and coconut meringue mini cakes, placed on top of a dark chocolate and orange base cake.

 

John Great British Bake Off

John Great British Bake Off Series 3 Contestant
Photo: BBC

John was a law student from Wigan.

 

Best Bake #5: Frances’ Vegetable Patch Canapés

France's Vegetable Patch Canapes

Frances’ Vegetable Patch Canapes
Photo: BBC

Series four: France would have been extremely proud during this round with their young female baker Frances who, previously, was scrutinised for choosing style over substance but quickly proved the judges wrong by winning the series. Her vegetable patch canapés looked like vegetables from the outside but were extraordinary from the inside. This would be a treat for anyone willing to trade his or her vegetable for something more dainty.

Frances Great British Bake Off

Frances Great British Bake Off Series 4 Contestant
Photo: BBC

Frances, a children’s clothes designer from Northampton.

 

Best Bake #4: Lucy’s Wildwood Cake

Lucy's Wildwood Cake

Lucy’s Wildwood Cake
Photo: BBC

Series 3:  Lucy cooked this red velvet cake and decorated it with simple butter icing, but, she took it to the next level with her chocolate art making them into trees to complete the look of the woods.  Mary loved the cake so much and said it worked with all her senses to transport her to a walk in the woods, which was everything that Lucy had hoped to achieve. 

Lucy Great British Bake Off

Lucy Great British Bake Off Series 4 Contestant
Photo: BBC

Lucy, a horticulturist, which probably explains why her woodland cake was so amazing, from Grimsby.

 

Best Bake #3: Luis dragon biscuits

Luis George vs Dragon

Luis George vs Dragon
Photo: BBC

Series 5:  Challenged with making a 3-D biscuit show stopper Luis did not take it lightly and put his adventurous skills to the test, creating a George and the Dragon scene in colour winning both Mary and Paul over.

Luis Great British Bake Off

Luis Great British Bake Off Contestant Series 5
Photo: BBC

Luis a graphic designer from Stockport.

 

Best Bake #2: Nancy’s Red Windmill

Nancy's Windmill

Nancy’s Windmill
Photo: BBC

Series 5: One of the season’s showstoppers was Nancy’s red windmill. This piece of art was a self-supporting piece mountain, using a special piece of drainpipe to shape its brandy snap roof and designed in tribute to the Moulin Rouge in Paris. She was considered as an outside bet during the final, nevertheless, Nancy ran out as champion.

Nancy Great British Bake Off

Nancy Great British Bake Off Contestant Series 5
Photo: BBC

Nancy, a retired GP from Hull.

 

Best Bake #1: Nadiya’s Chocolate Peacock

Nadiya's Chocolate Peacock

Nadiya’s Chocolate Peacock
Photo: BBC

Series 6 : Nadiya showed off her talent and skills during the chocolate week when she created a peacock made of chocolate. Her little blue animal dashed the judges with its details. The animal had a refined tail and even a nest with small eggs. Paul described Nadiya’s creation as a “work of art” and Mary complimented the young baker by saying it showed “a lot of skills”.

Paul Great British Bake Off

Nadiya Great British Bake Off Series 6 Contestant
Photo: BBC

Nadiya, a stay at home mum from Leeds.

 

If you want to make yourself feel a bit better about your own baking failures, take a look at the scandals from previous episodes here.

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