Bake Off's Alice On What Makes Those Technicals So Damn Tricky

Alice Fevronia
·3-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4/Delish UK
Photo credit: Channel 4/Delish UK

From Delish

Well, I think any viewer that made it through Dessert Week without reaching for something sweet deserves a medal!

I absolutely loved this week’s challenges, especially the jelly art Showstopper. The way the final five were injecting their designs into the jelly, it was as if they’d been doing it their entire lives. And this just goes to show how many new skills you can learn on the Bake Off.

From a viewers’ perspective, it was great seeing something so unique and different (although Rosie did do some jelly art last year, except she used her veterinary needles!)

To bake (a cheesecake) or not to bake (a cheesecake). That is the question

Personally, I’m not a big fan of baked cheesecakes - give me no-bake cheesecakes any day! But that would just not be Bake Off style, as there’s not enough that can wrong with an no-bake cheesecake. Sure enough, there were some that were too thin, some were underbaked, some overbaked… it’s really getting to the point now where there is no room for error.

But I’m glad to see that the bakers have picked up on Paul and Prue’s favourite flavours. There was a lot of punchy passionfruit and lime cheesecakes going on – I’m sure that was no coincidence...

Puddings from the dark ages

Sussex Pond Pudding? I’m sorry… what now? Bake Off loves an old-fashioned dessert, and we know by now, that the bakers should always expect the unexpected. There have been 11 series now, so producers have got to dig deep into the archives to find something new that nobody's heard of. On top of that, it’s Week 8, so it was never going to be something easy like shortcrust pastry!

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

You may have noticed this week that Prue said the bakers were only going to be given one chance at the Technical Challenge – they had exactly the right amount of ingredients, so they had to get it right first time (which sadly, none of them did…). Usually in the Signature and Showstopper, you have access to pretty much an unlimited supply of standard ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter etc. If you drop a cake on the floor, you could probably give it another go. However, the Technical Challenges are different – you are left in the dark in terms of details of the recipe, and you don't have access to unlimited ingredients. The pressure really is on.

My favourite bake of the week

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

There is absolutely no contest this week for my favourite bake. Hermine’s poppy jelly art cake was nothing short of a work of art and I can’t believe she said she'd never even practiced it fully. Mind. Blown.

The bake that needed the most improvement


Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

It’s so sad every week when a baker goes home, and this week was no different. All of the bakers are talented, but it’s now just a case of, if you have a bad week, you’re gone. And sadly, Marc’s concepts just didn’t work out this time. You have very little time to come up with the ideas, and the more time you spend thinking up a great concept, the less time you have to practice putting it into motion. Sometimes, it just happens that the idea you’ve chosen to run with isn’t going to go your way unfortunately.


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