The Great British Baking Show (or Great British Bake Off, as it’s known across the Atlantic) isn’t known for its drama. The show is more the television equivalent of a homemade knitted sweater: kind, warm, comforting, and exactly the type of thing you want to get into on a rainy night. Here are some of our favorite moments, no soggy bottoms included.
Candice's biscuit bar
Baker Candice recreated her family bar, complete with sticker gingerbread flooring, which allowed judge Mary Berry to utter the now-iconic inuendo: “I’ll eat a bit of carpet.”
Chetna knows how to bake a povitica
Who knows what a “povitica” is? Well, turns out Chetna. Coincidentally, the baker made the Slovenian pastry during her signature bake, so she knew exactly what she was doing during the technical challenge.
Sweet, adorable Norman, who made simple but delicious bakes, included pesto in a filled bread that he deemed “very exotic.”
All of Nadiya's sass
Nadiya’s facial expressions deserve their own TV show. The fan-favorite baker endeared herself to audiences with her cool temper and snarky sense of humor.
Did you bring tissues? Great British Baking Show is known for sweet moments, but the tent got emotional during Nadiya’s victory speech, when she promised herself she would never doubt her own abilities again.
The judge Paul had never seen a more impressive bake than the bread lion presented to him by contestant Paul. Every detail is accounted for, including little almond claws.
Deborah stealing Howard's custard
Pure drama! While making a trifle, Deborah accidentally used Howard’s (much superior) custard instead of her own, forcing poor Howard to use her runny mixture.
Mel knocking down Francis's tower
Francis was known for her imaginative bakes, but her biscuit tower had a little something extra: a human pillar. Host Mel held up Francis’s tower during judging after she accidentally knocked it over.
All of James's sweaters
If the judges were evaluating based on wardrobe, James would come out ahead every time.
Cathryn flinging dough
While attempting a Paul-taught technique, Cathryn accidentally whipped her dough out of her hands, and onto the floor. Luckily, we know Mary Berry is okay eating a little carpet.
James's derelict barn
In a brilliant strategy shift, James’ barn (once planned to be even and precise) became haunted and run-down with the addition of spun-sugar spiderwebs.
Luis's cocktail doughnuts
Luis knew the best way to Mary Berry’s heart was to include alcohol. His mudslide doughnuts included a strawful of liquor and, of course, Mary loved them.
Tamal's sandwich-inspired vol-a-vents
While most bakers say they’re inspired by their children, or old family recipes, Tamal was inspired by the second-best sandwich he ever had to make pulled pork vol-a-vents.
Mat putting icing in the oven
The comedic timing in the brief exchange between Nadiya and Mat is absolutely perfect. He tells her he thinks he left his icing in the oven too long. She pauses, then says. “OVEN?” And then Mat waits a full two seconds before responding, “…Yeah.” His Victorian iced tennis cake was a bit of a disaster, but at least he tried.
Of course, number one on this list would have to be the infamous “Bincident,” in which Iain threw his failed baked alaska in the bin when it came out runny after he removed it from its tin. But here’s the catch: Diana had removed his baked alaska from the fridge while it had been setting. While some viewers suspected sabotage, the show assured everyone it was just an honest mistake. Still, Iain’s temper got the best of him and, with nothing to show to the judges, he was sent home.