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The Great British Bake Off (series 2)

The second series of The Great British Bake Off started 14 August 2011 with twelve amateur bakers. Unlike series one, the competition was held in a single location – in the ground of Valentines Mansion, a 17th-century mansion house in Redbridge.[1][2] In addition to their on-screen presenting roles, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins also took over the narration of the show, which had been done by Stephen Noonan the previous series. Series two also introduced the "star baker" award for the most impressive performer each week.

The Great British Bake Off (series 2)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 8
Original network BBC Two
Original release 14 August (2011-08-14) – 4 October 2011 (2011-10-04)
Series chronology
← Previous
Series 1
Next →
Series 3

Three and a half thousand people applied for the competition, and 12 were selected. Each episode was filmed over two 14-hour days.[3] The competition was won by Joanne Wheatley.[4]


The BakersEdit

Baker Age Occupation Hometown
Ben Frazer 31 Graphic Designer Northampton
Holly Bell 31 Advertising executive Leicester
Ian Vallance 40 Fundraiser for English Heritage Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Janet Basu 63 Teacher of Modern Languages Formby, Liverpool
Jason White 19 Civil Engineering Student Croydon
Joanne Wheatley 41 Housewife Ongar, Essex
Keith Batsford 31 House husband Arlesey, Bedfordshire
Mary-Anne Boermans 45 Housewife Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Robert Billington 25 Photographer London
Simon Blackwell 31 Rugby Coach Norfolk
Urvashi Roe 40 Head of Marketing Enfield, London
Yasmin Limbert 43 Childminder West Kirby, The Wirral

Results summaryEdit

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5 6 7[1] 8
Holly SB SB Runner Up
Mary-Anne Runner Up
Janet SB OUT
Yasmin SB OUT
Robert OUT
Urvashi OUT
Simon OUT
Keith OUT

[1] There was no Star Baker this week, as Paul and Mary felt it wouldn't be right to single out one baker when the results were incredibly close.

Colour key:

     – Baker got through to the next round
     – Baker was eliminated
     – Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated.
     – Baker was the Star Baker
     – Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week, but did not win star baker
     – Baker was the series runner-up
     – Baker was the series winner


     Baker eliminated      Star Baker      Winner

Episode 1: CakesEdit

For their very first challenge, the bakers were asked to bake 24 cupcakes in 2 hours. They are allowed to make 2 different types of cupcakes. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake a Coffee and Walnut Battenburg cake using Mary Berry's recipe. The cake needs to have the perfect sponge which holds its form (perfect symmetry), distinguish flavors, and a smooth exterior. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake a chocolate tiered celebration cake with elaborate, multi-layer design.

Baker Signature
(24 Cupcakes)
(Coffee and Walnut Battenberg)
(Chocolate Tiered Cake)
Ben Rhubarb and Custard Cupcakes
After Dinner Cupcakes
2nd Vanilla Sponge with White Chocolate
and Raspberry Buttercream
Holly Cherry Bakewell Inspired Cupcakes
Ginger Cupcakes with Fig Truffle
Ian Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes 10th UNKNOWN
Janet Raspberry and Cream Cupcakes 8th Chocolate Marble Cake
with Dark and White Chocolate Truffles
Jason Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes
Jo Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
Orange and Cardamom Cupcakes
11th Chocolate and Strawberry Cake
Keith Earl Grey Cupcakes 12th Chocolate and Sour Cream Cake
Mary-Anne Banoffee Cupcakes 4th Chocolate and Raspberry Opera cake
Robert Blackberry and Vanilla Cupcakes
with Liquorice Frosting
3rd Genoise Layered Mousse Cake
with Chocolate Ganache
Simon Guinness and Chocolate Cupcakes 9th Two-Tiered Chocolate Courgette Cake
Urvashi Cherry Blossom Cupcakes
Japanese Lime Cupcakes
Yasmin Cardamom and Pomegranate Cupcakes 5th UNKNOWN

Episode 2: TartsEdit

For the signature bake, the bakers were asked to bake a savory Quiche in 2 hours. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake a Tarte au Citron using Mary's recipe in 1 1/2 hours. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake 24 miniature sweet tarts.

Baker Signature
(Tarte au Citron)
(24 Miniature Sweet Tarts)
Ben Chorizo, Pepper and Gruyere Quiche 1st Lemon Meringue Tarts
Holly Pesto Quiche 4th Milk Chocolate and Pistachio Tarts
Trifle Tarts
Ian Stilton, Spinach and New Potato Quiche
with Paprika and Walnut Pastry
Janet Quiche Printanière 8th Red Fruit Tarts
Chocolate and Cherry Tarts
Jason Salmon and Pak Choi Quiche 3rd Mint Chocolate Tarts
Blueberry Bakewell Tarts
Jo Caramelised Onion, Gruyere and Thyme Quiche 10th Raspberry and Mascarpone Tarts with Lemon and Almond Pastry
Honey and Almond Tarts with Sweetcrust
Mary-Anne Roasted Cauliflower, Cheese and
Caramelised Onion Quiche
9th Butterscotch Brulée Tarts in Pecan Pastry
Apple Rose Tarts
Robert Smoked Bacon and Kale Quiche 5th Chocolate, Fennel and Ginger Tart
Almond, Creme Patissiere and Poached Pear Tart
Simon Smoked Haddock and Watercress Quiche 11th Passion Fruit and Ricotta Tarts
Salted Chocolate, Stem Ginger and Mascarpone Cream Tarts
Urvashi Crab, Coriander and Coconut Quiche 7th Strawberry and Basil Tarts
Elderflower and Honeycomb Tarts
Yasmin Smoked Haddock and Watercress Quiche 6th Chocolate and Orange with Cinnamon-Orange Pastry Tarts
Blueberry and Hazelnut with Hazelnut Pastry Tarts

Episode 3: BreadEdit

For their signature bake, the bakers were asked to bake a free formed flavored loaf (not using a tin). For the technical challenge, the bakers were given 3 1/2 hours to bake a Focaccia, using Paul's recipe. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake 2 displays. One display is to make a basket out of bread. The second display is to make 12 sweet and 12 savory rolls. They had 5 hours.

Baker Signature
(Free Form Loaf)
(12 sweet and 12 savoury rolls)
Ben Walnut, Raisin and Rosemary Loaf 3rd UNKNOWN
Holly Picnic Loaf 6th Stilton and Walnut Rolls
Ian Courgette, Caerphilly Cheese and Thyme Loaf 10th Walnut and Raisin Rolls
Cracked Wheat Logs
Janet Zupfe Loaf with Gruyère Cheese 8th Apple and Walnut Granary Rolls
Red Onion Cottage Rolls
Jason Cheese and Onion Tear and Share Loaf 7th UNKNOWN
Jo Stromboli flavored with Mozzarella, Ham, and Picante Pepper 1st UNKNOWN
Mary-Anne Ploughman's Loaf 5th Herb and Walnut Breads
Chocolate and Chilli Buns
Robert Rye and Coriander Seed Loaf 4th Blueberry Brioche Rolls
Lemon and Poppy Seed Rolls
Urvashi Salt and Peppercorn Loaf 9th Chilli and Halloumi Rolls
Lemon and Coriander Mini Loaves
Yasmin Egyptian Dukkah Loaf with Mixed Spices 2nd Pesto Bread

Sweet Coconut Rolls

In this episode, two bakers were eliminated rather than one baker.

Episode 4: BiscuitsEdit

For the signature bake, the bakers were give 1 1/2 hours to make 12 biscuits. The biscuits should not be too hard or too crumbly. For the technical challenge, the bakers were given 1 1/2 hours to bake 24 brandy snaps. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake a macaron display. They need 3 different flavors, bake 120 of them, and had 5 hours to complete it.

Baker Signature
(12 Biscuits)
(24 Brandy Snaps)
Ben Stem Ginger Nuts 5th Chocolate and Almond Macarons
Pine Nut Macarons
Pistachio Macarons
Holly Strawberry and Custard Melts 3rd

'Chocolate bars of my youth'

(Caramel Macarons, Mint Chocolate Macarons and Chocolate Orange Macarons)

Janet Christmas Marzipan Biscuits 4th Raspberry Macarons

Blackcurrant Macarons

Almond Macarons

Jason Lebkuchen 1st Mocktail Macarons

(Mojito, Cranberry Cooler, and Pina Colada)

Jo Lavender Biscuits 8th Blueberry Macarons
Coconut Macarons
Strawberry Macarons
Mary-Anne Melting Moments 2nd Blackcurrant and Mint Macarons
Gooseberry and Elderflower Macarons
Hazelnut Macarons
Robert Chocolate and Ginger Oat Biscuits 7th Strawberry and Lime Macarons
Lemon Macarons
Chocolate and Cardamom Macarons
Yasmin Chocolate Chip and Pistachio Biscotti 6th Chocolate and Lime Macarons
Coffee and Walnut Macarons
Pineapple and Coconut Macarons

In this episode, two bakers were Star Bakers rather than one baker.

Episode 5: PiesEdit

For the signature, the bakers were asked to bake a family pie with either a ruff puff pastry or flaky pastry in 2 1/2 hours. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake a batch of 6 miniature pork pies in 2 1/2 hours using Paul's recipe. The technical was a 2 day bake challenge, so the bakers were judged the next day. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake a meringue pie -- a fruit and/or custard pie topped with meringue.

Baker Signature
(Family Pie)
(6 Miniature Pork Pie)
(Meringue Pie)
Holly Stilton, Potato and Caramelised Onion Pie 4th Lime Meringue Pie
Janet Chicken and Chestnut Pie 1st Rhubarb Meringue Pie
Jason Brown Down Chicken Pie 7th Plum Meringue Pie
Jo Salmon and Asparagus Pie 6th Apple and Raspberry Meringue Pie
Mary-Anne Chicken and Bacon Pie 2nd Midnight Meringue
Robert Chicken and Mushroom Pie 3rd Rhubarb and Custard Meringue Pie
Yasmin Family Fish Pie 5th Peach and Raspberry Meringue Pie

Once again, in this episode, two bakers were eliminated instead of one baker.

Episode 6: DessertsEdit

For the signature bake, the bakers were asked to bake a cheesecake in 2 1/2 hours. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake a chocolate roulade in 1 3/4 hours using Mary's recipe. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake Croquembouche inspired bake in 5 hours.

Baker Signature
(Baked Cheesecake)
(Chocolate Roulade)
Holly Father Christmas' Baked Cheesecake 3rd Hansel and Gretel's Croquembouche
Janet Rhubarb and Ginger Baked Cheesecake 5th Orange and Nougatine Croquembouche
Jo Rum and Raisin Baked Cheesecake 1st Limoncello and White Chocolate Croquembouche
Mary-Anne Tutti Fruitti Curd Baked Cheesecake 4th Orange and Praline Croquembouche with Cardamom Caramel
Yasmin Baked Amaretto Cheesecake 2nd Rose Croquembouche

Episode 7: Pâtisserie (Semi-Final)Edit

For the signature bake, the semi finalists were asked to bake a layered mousse cake in 2 hours, with the judges seeking a light sponge and a rich mousse. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake 12 identical Iced Fingers. Using Paul's recipe, they were to be filled with cream and jam. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake 3 types of pastries. The bakers had to use the same dough - which must be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside - for all three.

Baker Signature
(Layered Mousse Cake)
(12 Iced Fingers)
(3 Different Types of Pastries or Croissants)
Holly White Chocolate, Hazelnut and Raspberry Genoise Mousse Cake 1st Apricot, Macadamia and White Chocolate Pinwheels
Almond Croissants
Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon Plaits
Janet Chocolate Amaretto Mousse Cake 4th Pain Aux Raisin
Plain Croissant
Pain Au Chocolat
Jo Raspberry & Strawberry Mousse Cake 3rd Pain Aux Raisin
Chocolate Twists
Banana and Raisin Pastries
Mary-Anne Chocolate and Orange Mousse Cake 2nd Raspberry Rose Danishes
Praline Spirals
Alsatian Plaited Danishes

In this episode, none of the bakers were individually highlighted as Star Baker.

Episode 8: FinalEdit

For their final signature bake, the finalists were asked to bake 12 mille-feuille in 2 1/2 hours. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake a sachertorte in 2 hours and 40 minutes. For their final showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake 3 different types of petits fours: Meringue, Sweet Pastry, and Sponge Based, within 4 hours.

Baker Signature
(12 Mille-Feuille)
(Petits Fours)
Holly Banoffee Inspired Mille Feuille 2nd Strawberry and Cream Meringue Nest
Gooseberry and Elderflower 'Bakewell' Tarts
Neapolitan Ice-Cream Sandwich
Jo Raspberry and Blueberry Mille Feuille 1st Mini Victoria Sandwiches
Raspberry, White Chocolate and Pistachio Mini Meringues
Mini Banoffee Pie with Banana Mousse
Mary-Anne Lemon and Ginger Mille Feuille 3rd Fruit Tarts with Elderflower Custard
Strawberry and Rhubarb Cheesecakes
Black Fruit Meringue with Everlasting Syllabub

Extras and special episodesEdit

Both episodes 9 and 10 were Masterclasses by Paul and Mary where they demonstrated how to make the Technical Challenges that they had set throughout the series. Episode 9 showed the first four of the series; Coffee and walnut Battenberg, Tarte au Citron, Focaccia and Brandy Snaps. Episode 10 showed the last four of the series; Pork pies, Chocolate roulade, Iced fingers and Sachertorte. Episode 11 went back and revisited the bakers from Series 1 to catch up on what the contestants had been doing since they had been on the show.

Post-show careerEdit

Some of the contestants went on to a career in baking or have a change of career as a result of appearing on the show.

Joanne Wheatley has written two best selling books on baking, A Passion for Baking published on 16 May 2013,[3] and Home Baking initially as a Sainsbury's exclusive. She writes a monthly column for Sainsbury's magazine and is a regular guest columnist for The Sun newspaper.[5][6] She runs cookery courses from her home in Essex,[7][8] and has appeared in various television shows such as The Alan Titchmarsh Show and What's Cooking.[9]

Holly Bell teaches baking classes and for a time worked as an occasional radio presenter on BBC Radio Leicester.[10] She also appeared as a guest presenter on QVC shopping channel.[11] She wrote an eBook called Ready, Steady, Bake! which was published on 5 July 2012,[12] and published a book Recipes from a Normal Mum on 17 July 2014.[13]

Mary-Anne Boermans wrote a book on baking, Great British Bakes: Forgotten Treasures for Modern Bakers, which was published on 7 November 2013.[14]


Official episode viewing figures are from BARB.[15]

Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
1 16 August 2011 (2011-08-16) 3.10 2
2 23 August 2011 (2011-08-23) 3.53 2
3 30 August 2011 (2011-08-30) 3.82 1
4 6 September 2011 (2011-09-06) 3.60 1
5 13 September 2011 (2011-09-13) 3.83 1
6 20 September 2011 (2011-09-20) 4.25 1
7 27 September 2011 (2011-09-27) 4.42 1
8 4 October 2011 (2011-10-04) 5.06 1


Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
The Great British Bake Off Masterclass
1 6 October 2011 (2011-10-06) 2.32 6
2 13 October 2011 (2011-10-13) 2.14 9
The Great British Bake Off Revisited
20 October 2011 (2011-10-20) N/A N/A


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  3. ^ a b "Edd Kimber and Jo Wheatley: Great British Bake Off changed our lives". Metro. 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Liz Thomas (5 October 2011). "Young grandmother who honed cooking skills making cakes for sons crowned Great British Bake-Off winner". The Daily Mail. 
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  15. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 16 September 2015.