Great British Bake Off review: Series 5 quarter final
Oh Christine! How the mighty have fallen. The former favourite became the ninth casualty of the Somerset marquee tonight. The housewife from Oxfordshire, whose baking is perfect enough to turn WI ladies ( including Mary) up and down the country green, had an unlucky week with a split loaf and bland tasting cake.
The competition was fierce during this week’s quarter final, and the bakers were put to a number of unenviable tasks, including baking gluten-friendly loaves and vegetable showstopper cakes with no butter or cheese.
Ruby was named star baker for the third time. The judge’s undying favouritism due largely to her false modesty knows no bounds. She now looks likely to win the competition and will no doubt make for a photogenic book cover. At least she had the decency to speak in favour of her food tonight, calling her carrot and pistachio garden shed cake “a personal best”.
Beca looked in the running with Christine to be sent home. For some unknown reason she had not practised her 3D butternut squash cheese board cake before the showstopper challenge, and Paul said it looked too simple. Mary said it was lacking in flavour and sweetness, which is unusual for this lovable Welsh lass.
Frances was also not flavour of the month for Mary. Her peekaboo cake with edible bulbs and a ‘hidden’ carrot cake tasted too dry, and Mary was annoyed by her accompanying inedible plant pots. After a few successful weeks of wowing with her flavours, the judges said it was a serious case of style over substance once more.
Kimberley was back on form this week after her out-of-place smugness last episode. Her bakes always look sumptuous with big, bold (sometimes boozy) flavours. She is my favourite to win, and was overlooked for star baker again in favour of youngest contestant Ruby.
Her garlic, pesto and parma ham couronne was easily the most exciting bake in the room (as indicated by all the other contestants gawking at her), even if it did not come off quite as she’d hoped. She came second in the very tricky looking technical challenge with her dacquoise, and impressed two harsher-than-normal judges with her spiced butternut squash toadstool cake.
The contestants really excelled with their showstopper 3D vegetable cakes tonight. Have a look again at their impressive talent:
Ruby’s garden shed
Frances’ hidden carrot cake
Recent Posts on Arts
- Friday Book Design Blog: The Ariel Poems, and other seasonal pamphlets
- Children’s book blog – Ask the illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
- Piggott's post: Jacobson, Heller and reflections on "real life"
- Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise
- Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren
Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter