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The Great British Bake Off: Cake Week (S12EP1 Channel 4 Tues 21 Sep 2021)

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Cake Week: The Great British Bake Off returns, as 12 new bakers make their way into a brand-new bubble in the nation’s most famous tent. Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas lead the latest batch of bakers through 30 brand-new challenges set by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. The series kicks off with Cake Week.

In the bakers’ first opportunity to impress the judges, they’re challenged to produce 12 perfect mini rolls in the signature. Under the gingham cloth lie the ingredients for the first technical – a nostalgic teatime classic. And finally, in a showstopper that gives the bakers a chance to express their technical creativity, they must create cakes designed to defy the laws of physics. Twelve bakers in the bubble. Three challenges. Who will be crowned star baker and who will be going home?

Series Dir: Jeanette Goulbourn; Series Editor: Tom Davies; Exec Prods: Letty Kavanagh, Richard McKerrow, Kieran Smith, Jenna Mansfield; Prod Co: Love Productions.

Airdate: Tues 21 Sep 2021 at 20:00 on Channel 4

Season 12 Episode 1

Over 10 weeks, 12 of the best amateur bakers in Britain will whisk, knead, ice, beat and bake their way through classic British cakes, perfect patisserie, Italian delights, sticky caramel constructions and elaborate layered puddings. All 12 will be hoping to impress with their skill, creativity, knowledge and passion to clinch the Bake Off Crown. Each of the 30 new challenges have been carefully designed by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to reveal just who is a star baker. But it’s not just a new experience for the bakers. Also joining the tent for the first time are Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, who will be with the bakers every step of the way, ready with a pertinent pep talk, a helpful hand or just a sympathetic shoulder to cry on.