Why hello and welcome to european week on GBBO! The cakes this week look delicious – I’ve always been intrigued by a princess cake. Sue’s impression of a eurovision presenter is spot on.
As the show goes on, we’re getting to hear more from the bakers as we have more time to get to know them, which is great. I always love this element of the show more.
First up, a european cake of their choice – risen with yeast! Paul explains that baking powder was only invented in the last 200 years which is actually really interesting! Butter and sugar can retard the growth of yeast so it’s a delicate balance to get the rise the bakers need.
Richard explains his plan to wing the ‘finishing’ of his kuglehopf cake to Paul and Mary, who react predictably. Oh, Richard, never wing it!
The cakes are judged, and most of the bakers do really well, with Richard, Chetna and Nancy getting some constructive criticism, and Kate receiving the dreaded ‘your cake is dry’ – gasp! Martha does exceptionally – I can really see her winning this whole thing! Lots of the others still bumbling along in a jolly way but it won’t cut the mustard pretty soon.
This week’s technical challenge is one of Mary’s, and she advises the contestants to read the recipe thoroughly… I’m guessing this is one that people often mess up on! It’s a princess cake!
Andddddddddddd instantly all the contestants are confused and mult-tasking various jobs at once… I foresee disaster. Martha schools us in how to know when you’re sponge batter is whipped for long enough…. HOW does she know all this stuff at 17?! She even measures her sponge to work out how to exactly accurately cut it into three!
Cake assembly begins and the cake is a hive of frantic activity! Kate’s sponge is too warm and the frosting starts to slip off – they all go into the freezer to help them set in time. The fondant goes on, and some of them look reallly bad.
Richard does okay, and Martha and Luis pretty well – their cakes have neat layers. But Kate’s is poor – it’s completely collapsed inside. Nancy’s cake is completely perfect (except it could be a bit greener) … she beams and beams. Kate comes last, of course, followed by Richard, then Martha, then Luis, then Chetna, then Nancy.
There are some very very ambitious cakes going on in the showstopper challenge next. Luis is making a tower of a torte (with a flag on top). Richard’s involves a sugar bird and nest. Martha’s cake has a chessboard on the inside (and outside). Kate’s seems like it will end up looking a bit like a big scary chocolate spider cake. This seems like the most stressful showstopper yet!
Nancy is first to be judged and her two-tier torte receives rave reviews… could she be getting back on track? Richard is next, and although he’s done lots of sugar work, his sponges are dry and his cakes are a bit saggy (and from a builder!).
Luis’s showstopper is AMAZING! It looks brilliant but Mary and Paul have issues with the flavour and sweetness. Interesting. Kate’s torte looks great – just like how she described it would! She doesn’t get completely rave reviews though –
Chetna’s torte looks like a crazed darlek… but has great layers and tastes good! Martha gets good feedback with her chess cake, although Mary refuses to give her points for the chess effect of the cake since she used a mould.
So, who could go home? I don’t have a good feeling for Richard.. .
This week’s star baker is Chetna (for the first time – probably deserved!). So who is going home? NO ONE! But I can see Richard and Chetna (despite a good week this week) going home fairly soon..
Recipes from this week’s episode
- Apple and Cinnamon Kuglehopf
- Orange Savarin with Cinnamon Cream
- Princess Cake (good luck if you decide to make that!)
- Dobos Torte
Great British Bake Off links from around the web
- Bingate repurcussions continue – the Bake-Off received it’s highest ever viewing figures as a result of the hype they whipped up (I’m a pro) over the ‘incident’ and now Diana’s doctor has written a letter condeming the show
- The Daily Mail is reporting that the Bake Off is making us fat(ter) as a nation. But I’m not linking to them
See you next week for pastry week! THERE ARE NO EXCUSES!