The biggest fails from the Great British Bake Off

Soggy bottoms, salute! We've seen some truly spectacular bakes from the Great British Bake Off tent over time, but what about those classic moments fraught with disaster?

It feels almost naughty revelling in the misfortune of others... but we're going to do it anyway! Through the years, contestants on the show have produced some almighty creations, but for every humdinger of baking variety, there's sure to be a soggy bottom, too!

We've pulled together some of the most spectacular Bake Off fails ahead of the new series, currently airing on Lifestyle FOOD.

Salt or sugar?

John Whaite suffered a fail of epic proportions when he used salt instead of sugar for his Rum Babas recipe. Remarkably, he went on to win series three.

Sue chef

Host, Sue Perkins got a bit too relaxed during a walk around the tent during series four, accidentally leaning on Howard's English muffins while she was chatting to him. He uncovered the dough later, looking quite forlorn.

One big biscuit

During biscuit week in 2016, Louise Williams discovered that her heart-shaped dough had spread across the tray, merging into one another. She had no choice but to soldier on.

Black forest fail

Timing is everything in baking. While assembling her very-involved black forest gateaux, in series six, Dorret lifted her cake, only to have the mousse collapse onto the bench below. Cue tears.

Is it on?

It goes without saying that you need to turn the oven on to bake something. Actually, it doesn't. Poor Marie exclaimed, "What's wrong with my oven?" back in 2015, before realising she hadn't turned it on. 


One of the more explosive moments of the Great British Bake Off occurred in series five with Iain's Baked Alaska. After fellow contestant, Diana moved his ice cream out of the fridge to make room for her own.

As a result, Iain's sloppy mess was completely destroyed, so he scraped the remnants into the garbage and presented the bin to the judges. Ouch!

Watch the brand new Great British Bake Off (series 9) 8.30pm Tuesdays on Lifestyle FOOD.

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