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One more thing to be grateful for; The Great British Bake Off is going to be back on our screens later this year for season 11. This year’s filming came with a whole host of challenges due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules, however, show producers were determined to make it work, and we couldn’t be more excited!

The Great British Bake Off confirmed on Instagram last week that filming for their latest series has wrapped and that more news will be coming soon. Kieran Smith, Creative Director for Love Productions, the production company behind Bake Off, said in an interview with Broadcast, “So many people rely on Bake Off for work that we knew we had to work out a plan”.

Smith explained that the entire cast and crew had to isolate separately for nine days and take three tests for coronavirus, before they all formed a bubble together, isolating in a hotel rented by production in the South-East. The cast, crew, hotel staff, around 20 children, chaperones and dog walkers, all stayed in lockdown together for over six weeks of filming, in order to avoid having to social distance.

“It was a massive operation, we even [built] 12 practice kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. It felt like the safest place in Britain,” described Smith.

Throughout the entire “gruelling” process, they only had one coronavirus scare, which turned out to be just that, nothing more than a scare. 


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It has also been revealed that the famous baking show will be getting a new co-host for the upcoming season, following the departure of Sandy Toksvig. Little Britain comedian, Matt Lucas is joining the show as Noel Fielding’s hosting partner. 

After having quite an intense Bake Off introduction, Smith commented, “He was practically living with the bakers. It felt like he had always been there.”


It's that time of year again – The Great British Bake Off addiction is well and truly underway.

Amateur bakers around the country have been spurred on to give cake making a go, after being inspired by the weekly show.

After almost burning down the kitchen for the fifth week running, we've decided to leave it to the self-professionals that grace our screens every week.

And I say self-professionals as Paul Hollywood has been dishing out his famous handshakes this season right, left and centre.

The handshake is no longer the sacred holiness that the amateur bakers tremble and shed a tear at.

At this stage, it's almost a shock to both audience and contestants alike if we make it a whole episode without Paul extending the hand.

Rightly so, Paul has been burnt on Twitter for his looseness with his Hollywood handshakes. 

The 52-year-old has been forced to defend his actions and told viewers to expect a change for the rest of Bake off.

On The Jonathan Ross Show Paul explained why he was so generous with the shake: "I've taken a bit of flack over [it]. The handshake came from when [bakes] looked very professional and they almost cross that line from being amateur to professional."

"Every year the standard has got better and better and better and this year has been phenomenal. Some of the flavours they are bringing out. Rahul's stuff has been incredible."

Thankfully, we won't have to endure too many shakes, as the celeb chef said: "you will see it happen, the handshakes almost stop. Because what I've done is I've realised they are all moving up in standard so I've got to move my barrier up so that's exactly what I do, I raise the bar and then no one gets over the top of it."

In reply to the stick he received on Twitter, Paul said: "What you're forgetting which is crucial is the general standard of baking/bakers has risen year on year… this is reflected in any praise given."

Regardless if you love or hate the handshakes – we will definitely be tuning into the Bake Off tonight and criticising cakes we could only dream of making, heavily defending our favourites and drooling over Rahul's flawless bakes.


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If you’re looking to lose weight, you might want to consider switching off The Great British Bake Off.

Yes, and as former star baker and Heston Blumentha-in-waiting Tom Gilliford became the seventh competitor to exit the contest, one study has thrown up some rather worrying findings.

Some 1,000 dieters – surveyed by weight loss firm Forza Supplements – were asked to find the ten most effective ways to lose weight.

Respondents were given a list of 50 diet tips and asked to pick the ten best if you want fight the flab quickly.

Coming up tops was weighing yourself every day – being cited as the most effective way to diet.

And after switching off TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off, using smaller plates came third.

In fourth place was taking a topless selfie every three days to show your weight loss.

Throwing away your cook books was the fifth most popular option – because you are tempted to make highly calorific dishes you would not normally eat.

Stopping doing a big weekly shop at the supermarket came sixth – if you have lots of food in the house, you tend to eat more.

The likes of eliminating snack drawers, cutting back on alcohol consumption and going to bed earlier were all also short-listed by dieters.

Forza Supplements said in response: "We all think we know the secret to effective dieting, so we thought it would be useful to find the ten tips that really do work.

"Weighing yourself every day was the overwhelming winner – nothing beats the crushing disappointment of standing on the scales and seeing you have nudged up by a 1lb. It motivates dieters to do better.

"It is interesting how destructive popular TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off can be to regular diets.

"It's watched by more than 11 million people a week and it is inevitable they are going to want to try one of those highly calorific recipes at the weekend.

"Dieting is incredibly difficult and people struggling to lose weight need help – it is why diet products like ours have never so popular."

Forza Supplements are available in Ireland at branches of Lloyds Pharmacy.  

The ten most effective ways to lose weight:

  1. Weigh yourself every day
  2. Avoid TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off
  3. Use smaller plates
  4. Do a topless selfie every three days to show your weight loss
  5. Throw away your cook books
  6. Stop doing a 'big' weekly shop at the supermarket 
  7. Make sure your partner or a close friend diets with you
  8. Don't have a snack drawer at home 
  9. If you booze, you lose 
  10. Go to bed earlier

It's what Paul Hollywood has been trying to tell us all along: if you're a dab hand at avoiding soggy bottoms, it's likely you're also rather dashing. 

Able to whip up a mean tray of chocolate cupcakes? We'd love to date you. Something of a macaron master? Ooh, you sexy thing. Know your brioche from your banoffee? Hey! Let's just put a ring on it right now.

Yes here at SHEmazing! Towers (where we're known to eat quite a lot of cake) one study this week confirmed what we've long suspected: a third of Irish adults would be more attracted to a member of the opposite sex if they could bake.

The same report – carried out by Stork – also revealed that we're more inclined to bake following a lovers' tiff with our partners… after all, brownie points earned via a batch of, well, brownies, is tough to beat.

Indeed, with the Great Irish Bake Off now underway – a show which Stork has again partnered up with for the third series – we decided to round up eight of the world's most incredible, most wonderfully OTT bakeries. 

So please, stop touching your dough balls, and step away from those hot baps: these sweet-smelling international outlets will have give you all the romantic inspiration you need for the weekend…


1) Eileen’s Special Cheesecake, New York

One of the world’s most famous bakeries, Eileen opened her shop in 1976; it’s still going strong with more than 25 varieties to choose from, including peanut butter, piña colada and Baileys.


2) Mamie Gateaux, Paris

This small tea room in Le Bon Marché is the brainchild of a Japanese patisserie chef. The hot chocolate is served in a bowl with a spoon – and you can add your own whipped cream too.


Teatime with @boubouteatime at Mamie Gateaux #coffee #break #weekend #boubouteatime #sparklesinparis

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3) Sadaharu Aoki, Tokyo

Another delicious fusion – here, you'll find more incredible Franco-Japanese creations, including the matcha croissant, a croissant filled with a rich, green tea-flavoured cream.


4) Bakerbots, Toronto

Opening in the city’s financial district in 2011, this is now a firm favourite. The cake creations are jaw-dropping and the cookies divine: think ginger molasses, captain peanut, rococoa, and oatmeal.


5) Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Opening in 2002, this is continually rated as the city’s best bakery – daily queues are standard. On offer is the likes of a frangipane croissant with almond cream, and a passion fruit Bavarian tart with lime and coconut.


6) Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York

World-famous – and the menu changes every four to six weeks to keep the crowds coming back. Right now we’re coveting their lightly-sweetened miniature meringues, each with their own flavour, and the pink grapefruit honey and lavender tart.


7) Boulangerie Guerin, Rio de Janeiro

Located in the Copacabana district of Rio, we hear the eclairs are superb, while the individual Frasier cakes with fresh cream and strawberries are a local favourite. Otherwise, try the lavender macarons.


Uni duni te

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8) Demel, Vienna

Inside you can watch pastry chefs baking and decorating cakes as you enjoy a delicious slice of your own. There’s also a cake museum hidden in the back.



He was controversially denied the coveted Star Baker title – despite constructing an INCREDIBLE lion entirely from bread.

However, Great British Bake Off's Paul Jagger, 49, has at least achieved another great honour: he's sparked waves of online memes and tributes which affectionately nod to his delicious show-stopper. 

The prison worker's feline was created using a white bread head, a wholemeal tail, and a body filled with figs and walnuts.

Even the notoriously grumpy Paul Hollywood couldn't help but be blown away: the judge declared the lion to be "one of the best things I've seen in bread – ever!"

Mr Jagger was subsequently given a "special commendation," – with GBBO presenter Sue Perkins explaining that the honour was being bestowed because Mr Hollywood "has never ever in his life seen a bread sculpture as magnificent as that one".

Still, Paul was ultimately pipped to the Star Baker post by rival Ian Cumming – a decision which caused countless viewers to take to the likes of Twitter to vent their frustration. 

With a full six days to go until next week's episode, and in order to pay our respects to Paul's magnificent lion, SHEmazing! has decided to round up the very best online responses to the great Great British Bake Off lion…
















With the latest series of The Great British Bake Off now upon us (it starts on BBC1 on Wednesday!) our lives are about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Still, while we enjoy very much eating cake – actually making it ourselves can be less than delicious.

Weighing, measuring, folding and separating: in short, baking seems like a lot of hard work.

Fear not, however! We’ve stumbled across the PERFECT solution for the lazy baker: cake in a mug.

A handful of ingredients, a large mug, your microwave – and hey presto! in minutes you’ve whipped up a yummy, moist cake without even a hint of a soggy bottom.

Yes, you will basically be Mary Berry meets Cake Boss… on a good day.

Here, we round up our three absolute favourites for you to try right now.


The classic:

  • 4 tbsp self raising flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Vanilla or almond essence (just a few drops)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips/nuts/raisins (or all three!)
  1. Use the absolute largest mug you have.
  2. Add the flour, sugar and cocoa powder to the mug and mix with a fork.
  3. Add the egg to the mixture and mix again.
  4. Add all the other ingredients apart from the chocolate chips, nuts or raisins and combine until smooth.
  5. Finally, add the chocolate chips, nuts, and/or raisins.
  6. Depending on the size of your mug, you might want to tip out some excess mix if it looks like it’s going to overflow.
  7. Centre your mug in the middle of the microwave oven and cook on high for 4-5 mins, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch.
  8. Remove and tip onto a plate before devouring.

Oreo chocolate:

  • 30g butter
  • 15g of milk chocolate
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp single cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 broken Oreo biscuits – plus one for decoration
  1. Get your giant mug and in it melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds
  2. Beat the mixture until smooth and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. One by one, whisk in the egg, cream, vanilla extract, flour and baking powder.
  4. Add the broken Oreos without stirring too much.
  5. Cook in the microwave for about 90 seconds.
  6. Remove and decorate with the broken Oreo.
  7. Allow to cool for a minute before eating and enjoying.

Peanut butter chocolate:

  • 30g butter
  • 30g of dark chocolate
  • 1½ tsp peanut butter – plus 1 tsp extra
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  1. Get your giant mug and melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30–40 seconds.
  2. Beat the mixture until smooth, then allow it to cool slightly.
  3. One by one, whisk in the peanut butter, egg, sugar, flour and baking powder.
  4. Cook in the microwave for around 50 seconds.
  5. Push the additional spoonful of peanut butter into the middle and cook for a further 40 seconds.
  6. Allow to cool for one minute before eating.
  7. Repeat as hunger dictates! 



Baking fans, we have good news for you… GBBO is set to return for a sixth series in just two weeks.

Mary, Paul, Sue and Mel will be back with a new cast of aspiring bakers from Wednesday August 5th on BBC One. We love the trailer, featuring Mary Berry as a Sound Of Music-era Julie Andrews:

No news on the contestants has been revealed yet, but they should be announced in the next week or two.

In the meantime, Paul Hollywood has been keeping fans updated with a few sneak peeks inside this year's tent in Welford Park, Berkshire:


Not long now

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After moving over to BBC One last year, ratings for the series shot up to around 10.4 million per episode, from an average of 7.35 on its previous home, BBC Two. Some might say it was the channel change that made the difference, but last year's series made for pretty gripping viewing, as did the Comic Relief celebrity version earlier this year.

After all, we had #BinGate, where a disgraced Iain threw his Baked Alaska in the bin after someone took it out of the freezer too early…

And adorable Norman getting to grips with delicacies like meringues and…pesto

Plus, who can forget Dame Edna gracefully flinging butter into her bowl?

In fact, any moment involving Dame Edna was downright amazing:

Roll on series 6!



Ruby Tandoh may be The Great British Bake Off’s most famous star ever; from lots of tears to rumours of favourtism, Ruby is one that many fans have remembered since she appeared on the show in 2013. 

Yesterday, Ruby took to Twitter to announce that she is gay, sharing a video of Diana Ross’ I’m Coming Out and writing: “me to my parents today. Feeling lucky and joyful and free. Over and out.”

The food writer also took the opportunity to dismiss rumours she had been a bit too close to mentor Paul Hollywood: “For those who thought I fancied Paul Hollywood or that I’d ever bang him to get ahead – JOKE’S ON YOU, YOU MASSIVE SHI**ING MISOGYNISTS.”

The response from Ruby’s fans was incredible with many inspired to come out themselves to loved ones thanks to her news, with Ruby responding: “and to those who came out yesterday, spurred on by the love/support you saw on here – I am so fu**ing happy for you and a bit teary too tbh.”

Unfortunately for Ruby, there was one person who had an issue with the way in which she handled her announcement, with Paul Hollywood blasting her for using his name: “very happy for you Ruby … but why do you feel it necessary bringing me into your announcement?”

We're so glad that Ruby's announcement managed to inspire so many people to be who they really are.  


There was a Great British Bake Off scandal the other day as contestant Iain Watters stormed out of the tent following allegations of sabotage from fellow contestant, Diana Beard.

Diana had been seen taking his ice-cream out of the fridge, meaning it melted and his baked Alaska ruined. He binned it, and upon showing his dessert to the judges, made the poor decision to bring the bin up with him…

It wasn’t long before #DirtyDiana began to trend on the Twittersphere and has now gotten so bad that judge Paul Hollywood, presenter, Sue Perkins and even Iain himself have spoken out.

Paul has decided that it’s time to end all of the speculation and hate on Twitter, writing: “At the end of the day Mary & I need something to judge, it’s not about melted ice cream but about what’s presented to US… #bingate.”

He also pointed out that poor Mary Berry would be deeply hurt by the whole debacle: “I’m glad Mary’s not on twitter this would upset her.. #enoughnow.”

Presenter Sue Perkins also gave her two cents, saying: “Iain’s Alaska was out of the freezer for 40 secs. That’s it. No sabotage. 40 secs of normal temp would NOT be enough to reduce it to liquid.”

Even Iain himself has weighed in on the #DirtyDiana incident, saying it's over now and calling for a Twitter ceasefire: "Guys no hard feelings now. Diana is a top lady and all us tent bakers are great pals. Can't wait to tune into the rest of the series." Sure, Iain, suuuure. 

Things are getting real sticky over in the GBBO tent…!