Bake Off's Alice Fevronia On The Mistake People Make When Doing Mirror Glazes

Alice Fevronia
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Photo credit: Channel 4/Delish UK

From Delish

Where has this series gone? I suppose being in Lockdown has put us all in a time warp, but it feels like this year's Bake Off has gone so quickly and it's already the final next week! I remember the feeling of getting to the final, and it is truly amazing. I never anticipated getting that far, but I always wanted to stay as long as I could as I’d have had massive FOMO if I'd been sent home before the end!

The most technical Technical Challenge yet?

I told you the producers were really going for it with the Technicals this year, didn’t I? That Danish Cornucopia had them all stumped. It looked like a nightmare for the bakers, but it made for a great challenge, as they all produced such different result. Plus, all those horn innuendos!

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

The instructions were complicated and the end result was almost impossible to imagine. Trust me… with limited time, the stress of trying to work out what you have to do before you can even think about getting started, is the last thing you want. Laura had a bit of a wobble, but when you’re within touching distance of the Bake Off final, and you’re being asked to make something you’ve never heard of before like she was, I don’t blame her for getting stressed.

Mesmerising mirror glazes

The mirror glazes were out in full force for Patisserie Week! I’m not actually an expert on mirror glazes, but I did do one for my semi-final Showstopper (I haven’t done one since, mind you…) and I know that it’s all about temperature.

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Photo credit: Channel 4

It has to be cool enough so that it won’t completely melt what you’re pouring it on to, but also warm enough that it flows nicely over it; creating that smooth, shiny layer. I think temperature was the issue for Laura’s cube cakes. If that glaze had worked, those cakes would have looked great!

The end is in sight

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Photo credit: Channel 4

There’s so much that you don’t see on camera, and by Week 9, you’re so close with everyone – not just the other bakers, but the judges, presenters and producers too. So going home would have really felt like you were missing out on time with your friends.

I obviously tried my best in the final, but ultimately, I could have had a complete disaster in every challenge that week, but it didn’t matter, as I couldn’t have been ‘sent home’. Getting to the final was enough for me. It wasn’t about winning, I was just thrilled to have made it to the end and to have done all the challenges.

It should be a really great final this year, and the last Showstopper is always something epic, so I’m excited!

My favourite bake of the week

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Photo credit: Channel 4

My favourite bake this week has to be Peter’s cube cakes. I think Peter is wonderful – I feel quite calm watching him because I feel like he has it all under control. When I think back to the sort of thing I was baking when I was 20, it certainly wasn’t anywhere near what he can produce!

The bake most in need to improvement this week

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Photo credit: Channel 4

Sadly, Hermine’s cube cakes just didn't work. I honestly let out a gasp when she said she hadn’t practiced them, and had in fact made up the recipe the day before. I really wasn’t sure how that was going to go, and sadly, it just didn’t work out for her.

A few times in the early weeks I practiced at home and wasn’t really watching the clock. I’d sort of think, “Well, I’m sure I can do it quicker on the day,” and, “It’ll be fine”. Well, sometimes it just wasn’t fine, and I ended up a hot mess. So towards the end of the competition, I just didn’t sleep until I knew I could get it done in the time.

So, I admire Hermine’s bravery. She is such a talented baker, and I was very sad to see her go.

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