Great British Bake Off first episode - top 10 best bits from random elephants to innuendos to fan reaction
The joy that is The Great British Bake Off is back and the first episode was choc full of innuendos and quips, a spectacular dribbly mousse distaster, and a random elephant on a black forest gateaux which set Twitter alight.
Last night's series premiere landed a whopping 9.3m viewers, compared to 7.2m last year and it's no wonder - it was TV gold.
Here are some of the best bits from the show - and the Twittersphere - as the 12 wide-eyed and fumbly-fingered contestants tackled a Madeira cake, frosted walnut cake (for technical) and black forest gateaux (for showstopper).
An early quote from contestant Sandy, who is an early favourite to win:
“I’m quite random. I can be making a cake and it can be a meat pie by the time I’ve finished.”
Flora made an impression because the 19-year-old is so posh she didn't realise she had to pre-heat the oven, because "we have an Aga at home".
Stu, who was eventually booted off, declared his plans to rebel, “Mary said one tablespoon. I’m gonna break the rules,” although viewers were more taken with the fact he appears to be a hipster with his pork pie hat and all.
Mat, meanwhile, put a whopping SEVEN shots into his Madeira prompting Sue Perkins to quip:
“I always serve gin and tonic with just a little bit of regret.”
The size of nuts, specifically walnuts, became a pressing issue during the technical challenge as contestants deliberated over how fine or chunky to chop them. After being grilled for specifics Paul Hollywood said they should be one-eighths.
Sue Perkins on the walnut issue:
“Paul Hollywood is obsessed with dispersal of chunks. It’s all he cares about.”
And then the issue of crack size in relation to Madeira cake was discussed (no, me either). As Mel chatted to contestant Ugne about her Madeira cake, she said, “One crack bad, two cracks better.”
Sandy added: “Famous in Leeds is my three-crack madeira."
And upon the end of the task Sue Perkins declared: “Right bakers, time to reveal your cracks.”
The innuendos were flying and as Mel hovered over Ian as he added the finishing touches to his black forest gateaux she whispered:
“I can’t wait to romp in your forest, Ian.”
When Dorret broke down over her dribbly black forest mousse (she'd used gelatin and tried to set it in the freezer, but this has the opposite effect, apparently), Sue took her under her wing and uttered the words, "It's only cake" but Dorret clearly did not think this was the case as she eyed the unmitigated disaster...
Behold the collection of reactions to the show on Twittersphere, including Paul Hollywood's lol over the craic innuendos: