It's that time of year again, when the crème-de-la-crème of amateur bakers head into the big white tent and bake for Britain, wowing us with their cakes, tarts, pies and bread creations. The Great British Bake Off has given us some glorious successes and spectacular triumphs, but it has also seen some magnificent disasters. When the heat - and the pressure - are on high, even the best bakers can have meltdowns in the kitchen. This season has already seen custard theft and elbowed egg muffins, but what about the failures that came before? From crumbling cakes to sliced fingers, here's our roundup of the Bake Off's top cooking catastrophes.
It's fairly safe to say that all the bakers are
particularly keen to impress in the very first episode of the series, but poor
Rob Billington fell prey to the kind of kitchen failure we've all had
nightmares about when he dropped his sponge on the floor. Like all great cooks,
however, Rob managed to salvage his creation, and it was even named as Mary
When it wasn't the food that was suffering it was the
bakers themselves. Season two saw its share of injuries, with Yasmin managing
to burn all eight of her fingers in one show. To add insult to injury, she was
sent home at the end of the episode, and we're not sure which hurt more.
James Morton's infamous gingerbread barn was meant to be
an architectural masterpiece, but had to be hastily redesigned as a crumbling
ruin, complete with spun cobwebs, when the cake began to collapse in on
John Waite certainly had his share of baking disasters on
season three. He was lucky to avoid elimination in his salt/sugar mix-up of
episode one (it's never a good sign when Paul Hollywood spits out your food)
but he suffered a more serious kitchen mishap when he sliced his finger open on
an electric mixer during a showstopper challenge. John had to withdraw from the
final task of the episode, but didn't let the injury get in the way of winning
the whole series.
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