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WARNING: This is jam-packed with The Great British Bake Off spoilers because, well, it's all about The Great British Bake Off.
Originally posted on The Bake Off Update.
Signature - citrus meringue pie
Technical - fougasse - served with torrential rain by the sounds of things, the judges were actually shouting during the line-up reveal (forgetting about the invention of microphones)
Showstopper - floral cake
So the first question we all had, was what the week actually is.
Botanical means that the bakes have to contain something that grows.
So... most bakes.
Or, they can be something with floral decorations.
So... any bake.
Woah. Really putting the pressure on this high caliber of bakers.
You'd think hash brownies or a magic mushroom loaf would make an appearance - but not a sniff.
MBez casually came out with the harshest judging line we've had on Bake Off so far:
Andrew: It's quite subtle.
Mary: It's so subtle, I can't find it.
This is the baking equivalent of telling Andrew he's a worthless piece of shit.
The camera crew were getting a bit artsy fartsy on us, filming Candice through her reflection on an appliance. There was also a hilarious Creature Comforts-style chat with Jane while Candice wafted a towel in the background.
Benjamina and Selasi seem to have formed a bond, he fist-pumped at her baking win and she was positively beaming behind him when the judges were praising his incred floral cake. They share a bond so out of this world, that they now speak like Yoda...
Selasi: '15 minutes, that's going to blind bake for'
Benjamina: 'as thick as Selasi's, my pastry will be'
I bet Daily Mail readers love her. But she's also female and black. So they're probs morally (/ immorally) torn.
She has a freaky ass laugh but, yet again, just a very likeable lass and a consistent, knowledgeable baker.
'I thought... I mean I know it's not a focaccia... but it feels like a focaccia... and I wouldn't put steam... in my focaccia.'
His showstopper more than made up for coming last in the technical, with a 'perfect cake, every layer'.
When the judges ask how you're going to decorate, you don't say 'I'm just going to use a spatula'.
*clearing throat* I shall deliver this next joke in the style of 'your momma so fat' (to be read in the style of stereotypical 'American hard man'.)
By the end, I think he had accepted his fate and given up.
He used the same flavour in every layer of his showstopper and (although they looked pretty) didn't use any colouring for his flowers. He knew he was a gonner before the bake was through.
'It will be crushing if I actually fail.' Why, Jane? Why would you say such a thing? Especially when gardening has fuck all to do with making an icing flower.
I tell you, now Kate's left town, Jane more than fits the bill for our crazy cat of the tent.
She was all about the pout this week, which was especially noticeable without the famous 50 shades of lipstick we were promised. This week she was channelling GCSE student with foundation-lips.
At one point she almost judged herself:
Mary: The actual meringue's flavour is good
Candice: Thank you. [It's] tart.
DON'T YOU DARE PUT WORDS IN MARY'S MOUTH
But then Mary slyly put her back in her place, like only Mary can do:
'It's fun, isn't it? Like you. You like to do things over the top'
He tried something a little different by going for savoury pastry in his meringue, which is always a great start. He also has a knack with picking shit themes and flavours, going for a Halloween meringue and tea-flavoured showstoppers.
He was in his element with the technical, and was a bit too cocky with it for my liking - at one point using a saw to cut his bake.
At one point we were watching a ginger, grating ginger, passionately expressing his love for ginger. It was a very meta moment.
He shouldn't have worried, he wasn't ever going to go...
- 'Anything that grows, goes' Tom
- 'Give it a good old blow [torch]' Benjamina
- 'I guess I would've liked it a bit stiffer' Rav
- 'There are some messy bushes that need trimming' Mel
- 'I'm trying to fill in all the holes' Rav
- 'Close your eyes, and it tastes really good actually' Candice
- 'Don't give too many sharp-edged kisses or you'll get physalis'
- Mel floral dancing - Sue: 'I can hear her hips when they move'
- 'Come on bakers, we've not got all daisy'
- Covering Benjamina's semi-nude cake before the watershed
And most exciting of all, they gave us a tantalising glimpse of next week's ep... when Mel is wearing her hair down!
This is a near-impossible occurrence we were all sure we wouldn't see, in our lifetimes anyway.
Until next time...