The Great Australian Bake Off

Bake Off recap: And the winner is...

Spoiler alert! After nine weeks of whisking, whipping and whacky creations, the Bake Off Grand Final is upon us. It’s Barb vs. Claudia vs. Dave in an epic baking battle to determine Australia’s greatest amateur baker.

Who’s heard of Battenberg cake? It’s Batten-berg-alicious (so delicious).

We’ve got some citrus flavours, we’ve got some edible sunflowers, we’ve got some mini marzipan fruits, and we’ve got Dave gone wild:

Claudia seems to have the edge going into the Technical Challenge. Maggie’s chosen the recipe, and it’s by far the most fun recipe to say: kumquat rum babas. Who cares if no one knows what that means? Kumquat rum babas. Kumquat rum babas. Kumquat rum babas!

And Barb grabs first place. Rum Barb-a.

It’s all on the line for the Showstopper pièce montées, which is not, in fact, a striptease – it’s a fancy edible centrepiece made of choux, spun sugar and nougatine. The bakers have to bake from the heart while simultaneously baking their butts off; there’s a lot going on. Barb’s making a treasure chest, Dave an Oriental garden, and Claudia a cockatoo. 

With the garden party now in full swing, some familiar faces appear:

Barb suffers a setback when her treasure chest cracks, but Claudia’s cocka-choux is already finished, so she jumps in to help. And that’s what Bake Off is all about. (Well, that and, you know… baking.)

Now the time has come to crown a winner. Barb is brilliant, Dave is dazzling, but Claudia takes the cake.


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