12 times The Great British Bake Off was the best show ever
The Great Sport Relief Bake Off is back on our screens and is just about satisfying that Bake Off itch that we’ve all had since series six ended last year.
The annual joyous celebration of cake-making – reigned over by Queen of all baking, Mary Berry, and her loyal steed, Paul Hollywood – is almost literally the best thing since sliced bread. We simply can’t get enough. Here’s 12 times Bake Off proved it was the best. show. ever.
1. When Mary Berry seemed to age backwards over 5 years.
That skin, that hair, those lashes. So fabulous Mary!
2. That Ruby and Paul scandal
Series four contestant Ruby Tandoh was a breath of fresh air. One of the youngest bakers to be on the show, she was pretty, witty and a great cook. Naturally, in our social media driven world – this led to a lot of hate from sad sad viewers.
The odd bit of praise from Paul Hollywood was manipulated into supposedly blatant and creepy flirting. Viewers accused the judge of going easy on Ruby because he fancied her.
Ruby had the last laugh with this… rather expressive… tweet when she came out as gay on Twitter.
p.s. for those who thought I fancied Paul Hollywood or that I’d ever bang him to get ahead – JOKE’S ON YOU, YOU MASSIVE SHITTING MISOGYNISTS
— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) April 2, 2015
3. Speaking of scandals, who could ever forget… BINGATE?! Series five saw the bakers have to tackle the notoriously complicated Baked Alaska. Poor Iain was struggling already when things took a turn for the worse. Having placed his ice cream monster in the freezer – with the hope it would miraculously come together in time – he left it unattended. Doddery, unassuming Diana tottered up to the freezer and swapped Iain’s for her own… leaving it out in the HOT BRITISH SUN TO DIE A SLOW DEATH. As the gif above shows, Iain had a simultaneous meltdown with his Baked Alaska and chucked it in the bin. Britain was up in arms.
4. The amazing bakes though
Let’s not forget, this is a baking contest, and a damn good one.
5. …but we do love it when it goes wrong
6. When Mary Berry was a style icon with everything she wore ever
Berry was even known to sell-out jackets she was wearing by the end of the show’s transmission. Step aside Kate Middleton, there’s a new trendsetter in town.
7. When the celebs think they can bake
8. Each year when we get that one hilarious contestant and we all fall in love
Like Norman, who could spell “B-A-K-E” in semaphore.
And of course, Nadiya – the 2015 champion whose impassioned winner’s speech brought a tear to everyone’s eyes and made us all believe, “WE CAN!”
9. When more people cared about who won last year than cared about David Cameron
The final of last year’s Great British Bake Off peaked at 14.5 million viewers.
That’s 3,165,424 more people than voted Conservative in the General Election.
10. When we discovered the show has revived our love of baking
Both John Lewis and M&S have reported an increase in sale of baking ingredients and equipment.
The ever increasing innuendo in Bake Off is the reason we’re proud to be British.
“I’m going to try the old wiggling between two dangling things technique”
“I’ve never eaten a nun before”
“Get those lady’s fingers soggy!”
“Now let’s turn over and see what’s happening at the back”
“Excellent crack – perfect moist split”
“15 minutes until you give Paul the horn”
12. And on that note, the continuation of the innuendo and puns by the Great British public.
“They’ve come out massive” – I BET they have, Tamal. #GBBO
— Skillfull (@Winskillfull) August 12, 2015
Northern Irish hipster with sad eyes here to promote his cook book Mumford and Buns. #GBBO
— Aisling Bea (@WeeMissBea) August 6, 2014
There will be tiers. #GBBO
— The Media Blog (@TheMediaTweets) October 7, 2015