The Great British Bake Off (series 7)
|The Great British Bake Off Series 7|
|Presented by||Mel Giedroyc
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Anna Beattie|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Love Productions|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||24 August– 26 October 2016|
|Preceded by||Series 6|
|Followed by||Series 8|
This series was the last of The Great British Bake Off to be broadcast on BBC One, as the production company Love Productions opted to move the show to Channel 4. It was also the last series on the show for Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, as they decided to leave as presenters of the show. It is also the last series of the show to feature Mary Berry as a judge. This series was won by Candice Brown, with Andrew Smyth and Jane Beedle finishing as runners-up.
|Andrew Smyth||25||Aerospace engineer||Derby / Holywood, County Down|||
|Benjamina Ebuehi||23||Teaching assistant||South London|||
|Candice Brown||31||PE teacher||Barton-Le-Clay, Bedfordshire|||
|Jane Beedle||61||Garden designer||Beckenham|||
|Kate Barmby||37||Nurse||Brooke, Norfolk|||
|Rav Bansal||28||Student support||Erith|||
|Selasi Gbormittah||30||Client service associate||London|||
|Tom Gilliford||26||Project engagement manager||Rochdale|||
|Valerie "Val" Stones||66||Semi-retired, Substitute teacher||Yeovil|||
- Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated.
- Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week, but was not the Star Baker.
- Baker got through to the next round.
- Baker was eliminated.
- Baker was the Star Baker.
- Baker was a series runner-up.
- Baker was the series winner.
- Baker eliminated
- Star Baker
Episode 1: CakeEdit
For the first challenge, the bakers were given two hours to make a drizzle cake, the brief being that the cake be moist and well permeated with the drizzle. For the technical challenge, the bakers were instructed to make Mary's recipe for twelve jaffa cakes. The recipe used a whipped fatless sponge, orange jelly and tempered chocolate with a design of sorts. For the final challenge, the bakers were instructed to make a mirror glaze cake. The cake had to have a genoise sponge and have a very shiny, mirror-like top, covering the cake entirely.
(12 Jaffa cakes)
(Mirror glaze cake)
|Andrew||Lemon & Rosemary Drizzle Cake||12th||Ultimate Indulgence Orange Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Benjamina||Pistachio & Lemon Drizzle Cake||6th||White Chocolate & Salted Praline Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Candice||Raspberry Drizzle Bundt Cake||5th||Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Who Is The Shiniest Cake Of Them All?|
|Jane||Lemon & Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake||7th||Chocolate Orange Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Kate||Berry Best Apple & Bramble Drizzle Cake||4th||One Swallow does not make a Summer Cake|
|Lee||St Clement's Orange & Lemon Drizzle Cake||11th||Strawberry Surprise Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Louise||Orange Liqueur & Lemonade Drizzle Cake||9th||White Chocolate Trifle Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Michael||Lime, Ginger & Honey Drizzle Cake||3rd||Matcha Tea Chocolate Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Rav||Ginger Spice Yuzu Drizzle Cake||8th||Colombian Mocha Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Selasi||Citrus and Spice Drizzle Cake||1st||Raspberry, Sloe & White Chocolate Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Tom||G&T Drizzle Cake||2nd||Black Forest Broken Mirror Glaze Cake|
|Val||Orange & Lemon Drizzle Cake||10th||Chocolate Sponge with Four Fruit Frosting|
Episode 2: BiscuitsEdit
For the Signature Challenge, the bakers were given two and a half hours to make 24 iced biscuits (cookies). The biscuits had to be crisp and uniform. Viennese Whirls were set as the technical challenge. To be completed in an hour and a half, they had to be filled with buttercream and jam, and had have a defined shape. For the showstopper, a gingerbread scene was set as the challenge, the only brief being it that it had to be 30 cm high, and contain eight characters or objects. The bakers had four hours for this challenge.
(24 iced biscuits)
(12 Viennese Whirls)
(Gingerbread 3D scene)
|Andrew||Beehive Biscuits||4th||Punting in Cambridge|
|Benjamina||Bouquet Biscuits||3rd||New York City|
|Candice||Salted Caramel, Chocolate Iced Shiny Hearts||8th||Gingerbread Pub with Sticky Gingerbread Carpet|
|Jane||Flower Pot Iced Biscuits||2nd||Hastings Old Town Fishing Net Shops and Boat|
|Kate||"A Biscuit for the Broads"||1st||I Promise I Will Do My Best|
|Louise||Baa Bara Brith Rich Tea Biscuits||10th||Gingerbread Wedding|
|Michael||Malt, Chocolate and Orange Iced "Beer Biscuits"||9th||Trip to See Santa in Lapland|
|Rav||Union Jack Bunting Biscuits||6th||Gingerbread Christmas Fairground|
|Selasi||"Wheelie Hot Iced Biscuits"||11th||Stained Glass Window Gingerbread Church|
|Tom||Chai Frappelatteccino Biscuits||7th||Tom and Pod's Near Death Experience|
|Val||Sunday Treat Iced Ice Cream Cone Biscuits||5th||From Holland to New York via Yorkshire|
Episode 3: BreadEdit
For the bakers' first challenge, they had to make a chocolate loaf in two and a half hours. The loaf had to contain chocolate in some form, whether it be powder or actual pieces of chocolate. For the technical challenge, the bakers were required to make twelve Dampfnudel, a recipe Paul called "notoriously difficult". In two hours, the bakers had to make twelve steamed bread rolls with two types of sauce. A savoury plaited (braided) centrepiece was set as the showstopper. In four hours, bakers had to make a centrepiece using at least three flours.
(Savoury plaited (braided) centrepiece)
|Andrew||Chocolate Barmbrack Bread||2nd||Braided Harvest Basket Bread|
|Benjamina||Chocolate, Tahini and Almond Babka||6th||Braided Bread Heart|
|Candice||Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Pecan Brittle Brioche Loaf||3rd||Italian Light and Dark Rye Twist|
|Jane||Chocolate and Cranberry Couronne||9th||Chorizo and Chilli Flower with Parmesan and Pesto Cheese|
|Kate||Cobbled Loaf||8th||The Corn Maiden|
|Michael||Chocolate and Chilli Swirl Plait||7th||Cypriot Dove and Olive Branch Plaited Loaf with Houmous|
|Rav||Chocolate, Cardamom and Hazelnut Loaf||10th||Three Tier Diwali Centrepiece|
|Selasi||Chocolate, Orange and Cinnamon Bread||5th||Bedouin Escape Tear and Share Bread|
|Tom||Chocolate Orange and Chilli Swirl Loaf||4th||Jörmungandr and Mjölnir|
|Val||Double Chocolate Cinnamon Twist Loaf||1st||"And They All Went Into The Ark To Get Out Of The Rain"|
Episode 4: BatterEdit
The first task was to make Yorkshire puddings, which involved the standard recipe filled with a variety of ingredients and flavours. The technical challenge was to make 12 heart-shaped "lace" pancakes, which required the bakers to draw a heart-shaped design with the batter. The showstopper challenge was to make 36 churros.
(Filled Yorkshire puddings)
(12 heart-shaped lace pancakes)
|Andrew||Yorkshire Tapas Puddings||4th||Churros Window Box|
|Benjamina||Red Onion Chutney, Brie and Bacon Yorkshire Puddings||1st||Tropical Churros|
|Candice||Yorkshire Wellingtons||2nd||Two-Way Peanut Butter Churros|
|Jane||Meat and Two Veg Yorkshires||3rd||Pistachio and White Chocolate Churros|
|Kate||Christmas Dinner Compromise||7th||Hot Cross Bunny Churros|
|Rav||Thai Tofu Panang Yorkshires||9th||Three Dip Matcha Pistachio Churros|
|Selasi||Perfect Sunday Roast Accompaniment||8th||Lemon and Anise Churros|
|Tom||West Yorkshire Fusion Puddings||5th||Fennel Churros Snake In The Grass|
|Val||Mum's Chilli Yorkshire Puddings||6th||Chocolate Orange Churros|
Episode 5: PastryEdit
For the signature bake, bakers were tasked with baking 24 breakfast pastries. Two different batches of 12 pastries were to be made. The technical challenge required the bakers to make one feathered Bakewell tart. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were challenged to make 48 filled filo amuse-bouche; 24 with a savoury filling and 24 with a sweet filling.
(24 breakfast pastries)
(48 filo amuse-bouche)
|Andrew||Mum and Dad's Breakfast Pastries||6th||Spicy Chorizo Squash Parcels & Baklava Bites|
|Benjamina||'Good Morning America' Swirls & Peanut Butter and Banana Pinwheels||5th||Plantain and Spinach Samosas & Chai Pear Cups|
|Candice||Danish Pastry Croque Monsieur Kites & Cinnamon Apple, Vanilla Créme Rose Danish||2nd||Sausage, Black Pudding and Apple Rounds & Banoffee Whiskey Cups|
|Jane||Orange Pain aux Raisins Secs, Raspberry, Chocolate and Almond Danish||1st||Roquefort, Fig and Walnut Parcels & Cherry and Chocolate Cones|
|Rav||Cinnamon Swirls & Pecan, Walnut and Maple Plaits||8th||Chinese-Style Prawn Filo Tartlets & Spiced White Chocolate and Hazelnut Samosas|
|Selasi||Rhubarb, Mango and Ginger Plait & Pineapple and Coconut Pinwheels||3rd||Parma Ham, Asparagus and Cheese Filo Cigars & Coffee Cream Filo Cups|
|Tom||Mega Breakfast Bonanzas; Granola Spirals & Wheat Foldovers||4th||Yin and Yang Amuse-bouche|
|Val||Pecan and Maple Syrup Pinwheels & Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon Swirls||7th||Caramelised Red Onion, Goat's Cheese Tartlets & Mincemeat and Apple Spiced Parcels|
Episode 6: BotanicalEdit
In the signature, the seven remaining bakers were asked to create a meringue pie containing citrus fruit, such as orange, grapefruits and lemons. In the technical, the contestants had to create two leaf-shaped herb fougasses. In the showstopper, the contestants were asked to create a three-tier cake with a flower theme. All the tiers could be the same flavour, or each one a different flavour, and the cakes could be decorated with flowers.
(Citrus meringue pie)
(2 herb fougasse)
(Three-tier flower cake)
|Andrew||Tangy Lime and Ginger Meringue Pie||6th||Spring Elderflower Trio|
|Benjamina||Grapefruit and Ginger Meringue Pie||2nd||Floral Tea Cake|
|Candice||Lime, Coconut and Lemongrass Sugar Meringue Pie||5th||Four Seasons Cake|
|Jane||Lime and Coconut Meringue Pie||4th||Three-Tier Floral Cake with a Floral Chocolate Collar|
|Rav||Mandarin Margarita Meringue Pie||3rd||Blossom Cake|
|Selasi||Grapefruit, Orange and Mint Meringue Pie||7th||Three-Tiered Ombré Floral Cake|
|Tom||Blood Orange Halloween Pumpkin Pie||1st||Floral Tea Cake|
Episode 7: DessertsEdit
The Signature challenge required the bakers to make a family-sized roulade. The judges were looking for a light sponge cake, even layers of filling, and a clean swirl. The technical challenge was for a Marjolaine or dacquoise, an unusual layered cake made with meringue, decorated with ganache and nuts. The showstopper challenge tasked the bakers with making 24 mini mousse cakes in two flavours (12 of each).
(24 mini mousse cakes)
|Andrew||Tropical Holiday Roulade||1st||Childhood Ice Cream Mousse Cakes|
|Benjamina||Piña Colada Roulade||3rd||Apple Crumble Mousse Cake & Chocolate Coffee Mousse Cake|
|Candice||Crowd Pleaser Roulade||2nd||Blackberry and Raspberry Bubbles & After Dinner Mousse|
|Jane||Chocolate and Hazelnut Roulade||4th||Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla Joconde Cakes & Blackcurrant and Vanilla Ombré Mousses|
|Selasi||Lemon and Strawberry Roulade||6th||Lemon, Strawberry and Passionfruit & Chocolate and Mint Mini Mousse Cakes|
|Tom||Millionaire's Roulade||5th||Hipster's Picnic|
Episode 8: TudorEdit
Week eight featured the show's first Tudor theme, featuring food common in the 16th century. During the signature challenge, the five remaining bakers were asked to bake a shaped pie with Tudor flavours. The pie could be any type of pastry and they could use whichever fillings they wanted. In the technical, the contestants were asked to produce a dozen jumbles – six knot balls and six Celtic knots. In the showstopper challenge, the contestants were asked to bake a marchpane (marzipan) cake in a three-dimensional shape. However, all of the cakes had to be Tudor-themed.
(Shaped savoury pies)
(3D marchpane cake)
|Andrew||Da Vinci Inspired Geared Pies||2nd||Jousting Knights Marchpane|
|Benjamina||Mexican Adventure||4th||Tudor Garden|
|Candice||Cheesy Cheeky Fish Pies||1st||Peacock|
|Jane||Tudor Rose Pies||5th||Swans|
|Selasi||Bouquet of Flowers||3rd||Fruity Tudor Marchpane|
Episode 9: Pâtisserie (semi-final)Edit
The first task for pastry week required the remaining four contestants to bake 24 palmiers, with two different savoury fillings and shapes. The technical challenge was to make a Savarin, a liqueur-soaked yeast cake, which none of the contestants had made before. The final challenge was to make 36 fondant fancies.
(24 savoury palmiers)
(36 fondant fancies)
|Andrew||Cheesy Elephant Ears & Herby Treble Clefs||2nd||Philharmonic Fondants|
|Candice||Red Onion, Cambozola and Walnut Palmiers & Walnut, Streaky Bacon and Mushroom Palmiers||3rd||Chocolate Praline Fondant Fancies & Cherry Bakewell Fondant Fancies|
|Jane||Pesto and Sundried Tomato Palmiers & Goat Cheese, Olive and Parma Ham Palmiers||1st||Pistachio and Raspberry Fondant Fancies & Lemon Curd Surprise Fondant Fancies|
|Selasi||Sundried Tomato, Onion, Peppers and Parmesan Palmiers & Salmon, Spinach and Mushroom Palmiers||4th||Lime and Ginger Fondant Fancies & Pink Velvet and Raspberry Prosecco Fondant Fancies|
Episode 10: Royal (final)Edit
In the final signature challenge, the bakers had to make a filled meringue crown, which had to contain at least three layers of meringue, in three hours. In the technical, the judges decided to make a familiar bake challenging: the bakers had to make a Victoria sandwich, with no recipe or method given, in 90 minutes. The final showstopper involved the largest number of bakes ever requested in a challenge. The bakers were given five hours to make a picnic fit for the Queen, including one chocolate celebration cake, 12 sausage rolls, 12 mini quiches, 12 savoury scones and 12 fruit and custard tarts.
|Andrew||Crunchy Caramel Cassis Crown||1st||Family and Friends' Favourites Picnic|
|Candice||Queen Victoria's Mango and Strawberry Crown||2nd||Picnic for Pearly Kings and Queens|
|Jane||Red, White and Blue Meringue Crown||3rd||Family Favourites Feast|
The Masterclass episodes were replaced by two Christmas specials, which featured eight contestants from the past 7 series. The two Christmas specials were the last to be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins and judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
The first Christmas special featured Mary-Anne Boermans (Series 2), Cathryn Dresser (Series 3), Ali Imdad (Series 4) and Norman Calder (Series 5). This special was won by Mary-Anne Boermans.
The second Christmas special featured Janet Basu (Series 2), James Morton (Series 3), Howard Middleton (Series 4) and Chetna Makan (Series 5). This special was won by Chetna Makan.
Before the series had begun, some viewers complained of the "gendered" icing in preview pictures of the bakers. In the promo shots of the bakers, the male bakers were given blue icing while the female bakers were given pink icing, whereas the previous year, every baker was given the same colour regardless. As a result, the BBC altered the colouring of the icing.
The opening episode had an average viewing figure of 10.4 million according to overnight ratings, an improvement over the figure of 9.3 million for the corresponding episode in 2015. This made it the most watched TV show of 2016 so far, with the official figure also making it the most watched TV show since the 2015 Bake Off Final. Its run on the BBC ended with an average overnight viewing figure of 14 million for the final, peaking at 14.8 million, which is a record for the show. The series dominated the list of most-watched programmes in 2016, with nine of the top ten being episodes of the show. Its finale was watched by 15.9 million viewers (7 days cumulative figure), the most popular of the year.
|Airdate||7 day viewers
|28 day viewers
|BBC iPlayer requests|
|1||24 August 2016||13.58||13.86||1||1||1,989,000|
|2||31 August 2016||13.45||13.74||1||1||1,949,000|
|3||7 September 2016||13.01||13.38||1||1||2,314,000|
|4||14 September 2016||13.29||13.88||1||1||2,291,000|
|5||21 September 2016||13.12||13.33||1||1||1,984,000|
|6||28 September 2016||13.13||13.41||1||1||1,397,000|
|7||5 October 2016||13.45||13.72||1||1||2,154,000|
|8||12 October 2016||13.26||13.45||1||1||1,957,000|
|9||19 October 2016||13.44||13.65||1||1||1,901,000|
|10||26 October 2016||15.90||16.03||1||1||1,602,000|
|Airdate||7 day viewers
|28 day viewers
|BBC iPlayer requests|
|The Great British Bake Off, Class of 2015|
|27 October 2016||4.28||4.45||25||N/A|
|The Great Christmas Bake Off|
|25 December 2016||8.21||8.35||4||853,000|
|26 December 2016||6.37||6.52||15||N/A|
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