5 Things We Learnt From The Great British Bake Off

by Azeezat Fadekemi Sulaiman

Not Just A Load Of Bakes


Last night marked the end of what has been the highlight of our weekday evenings- sat on our sofa after chasing the kids to bed watching the latest episode of the Great British Bake Off. Who would have thought a show about a bunch people pottering about the kitchen in the hope of creating some magnificent looking cakes and bakes would be such a hit?

Our week nights will never be the same again…until of course next year when the next series will be aired. The BBC wouldn’t dare axe this show; lest they incur the wrath of the ever-present, ever poised Twitterati.

As grandmother Nancy Birtwisthle from North Lincolnshire was crowned winner in an emotional finale, we couldn’t help wondering what exactly it is about the show that has us tuning in every Wednesday without fail, so we came up with these 5 things we’ve learnt from the show.


1. Anything can incur the wrath of the British public- even baking sabotage

If the baked Alaskan scandal was anything to go by, then one is inclined to admit that even a seemingly harmless error that led to a fellow contestant’s bake going wrong could lead to bakers world war 1.


2. Unlike other cookery shows, you actually can’t learn how to bake by watching GBBO

This is actually ridiculous. That a show about baking actually teaches you nothing about baking skills, but there’s just so much else going on around the baking that makes for prime time television. There’s also barely any explanations given as to how or what proportions of flour are required to create some of the masterpieces on the show – why on earth do we watch it then?

Simple- the drama.


3. We actually love Mary Berry’s fashion style

If you haven’t been taken by the baking legend’s endless supply of flowery frocks and sensible footwear, then you’re clearly from Mars. This is certainly one of the highlights of the show!

Mary Berry looking dashing in this floral jacket on the Great British Bake Off. photo: mirror.co.uk

Mary Berry looking dashing in this floral jacket on the Great British Bake Off. photo: mirror.co.uk


4. Even baking shows can be naughty

For a show about bread, dough and sponges, the amount of innuendo that got thrown around in the show is just unbelievable, but they get away with it because…come on…what could possibly cross your mind when Mary Berry says something like ‘Outside looks great, can’t wait to get inside’? Perhaps less forgiving is when Paul Hollywood or Sue Perkins quip something as inappropriate as ‘Soggy bottoms‘ or ‘I like the length of that.’…seriously.


5. Men are actually better at baking than women

Shhhh….don’t tell anyone!

GBBO is actually a very good reason to get men more involved in the kitchen (particularly our African men) as it’s clear that men are far better than women at baking. Nancy may have won this year’s series, but the star of the show by far with consistent show stopping, and creative bakes was Richard Burr who won star baker a record 5 times during the show. He was always composed no matter if things were going wrong and his bakes were just….amazing.


Did you learn anything from the hit TV series? We’d love to hear from you!

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