Great British Bake Off 2015 – Episode 1

The Great British Bake Off Contestants, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc and Mary Berry - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
06th August 2015

*SPOILER ALERT* Get your baking tins, aprons and oven mitts ready; the Great British Bake Off is on our screens once again! From the bakers revealing their ‘cracks’, to another near #bingate episode leaving one contestant in tears, #GBBO 2015 is well and truly back…

The first three baking tasks set by the judges this year were: the Madeira cake (the baker’s recipe), Mary Berry’s Frosted Walnut Layer Cake (the technical challenge) and finally the showstopper – the Black Forest Gateau. This was professional musician Stuart’s downfall, for his beetroot-ridden ‘Purple Forest Gateau’ failed to impress Mary and Paul and made him the first contestant to be sent packing from the bake off tent this series. ‘He tried to be too clever’ said Mary, perhaps forgetting about Dorret’s rubber-tyre tasting gateau that echoed Ian’s baked Alaska fiasco last year…


On the other hand, Scottish mother and this year’s oldest contestant was made ‘star baker’ this week, after wowing the judges with her ‘perfect Madeira cake’ and chocolate tree encrusted gateau. So was Mary and Paul’s decision to bin Stuart and crown Marie as the baking queen the correct one? Cast your votes below.


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  • Did Paul and Mary make the right choice?
  • Who would you have voted off?