The Great Australian Bake Off

Episode Guide

Cakes

Series 1 · Episode 1

Over the next 10 weeks our 12 bakers will undertake 30 challenges, with just one being crowned Australia’s best amateur baker. And what better way to kick off the series than with a Bake Off cake off! The bakers have two hours to bake one family sized signature cake. The bakers have to cook in an unfamiliar kitchen to a tight deadline under the watchful eyes of judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran.

It doesn’t take long for the Bake Off Shed to start smelling beautiful as Pete’s tiramisu takes shape and Suzy’s strawberry angel cake catches the judges’ eyes. Brendan is taking the unusual step of adding parsnip to his carrot cake while Sian is adding beetroot to her chocolate cake and finishing it with a chocolate ganache and edible flowers. The 12 bakers face their first judgment in front of Maggie and Matt, receiving critical and complimentary comments as they taste their cakes.

Everyone was able to plan and practice at home for their first signature bake, but for the next technical bake, they’re all completely in the dark. Maggie sets down the challenge, telling the bakers she wants them to cook a trio of Constitution cakes. Maggie’s invention is a uniquely Australian fruit cake using fruits used by Indigenous Australians and the first settlers, and covered in icing and wattle seed. The bakers are given the recipe with elements missing so-as to test the bakers’ skills. They have two and a half hours to cook the cake and their final products will be blind test tasted by the judges. 
Maggie is looking for a rich, dense cake packed with fruit and just held together with batter and the mix has to be evenly distributed in three tins. The judges blind taste the cakes in front of the bakers and then rank them 12-1.

Day two of cake week begins, with the Showstopper bake. Who will be crowned Star Baker and who will be the first to say farewell to the Bake Off Shed? The Showstopper will be a Hidden Design Cake, with each cake revealing a hidden design, pattern or surprise once it’s cut. They have five hours to bake their hidden design cake. The bakers let their creative juices run wild, with Janice covering her cake with a pandan custard jelly. Inside is a pandan cake, and inside that, a coconut flavoured birthday cake. Jasmin’s lemon madeira and red velvet cake will be decorated with Aussie icons but will reveal a union jack pattern once the cake is cut. And Ben is baking an Irishman’s dream – a Guinness, Chocolate and Baileys Bundt Cake. He is baking a bundt cake stuffed and topped with profiteroles filled with bailey’s ganache that looks like a can of Guinness when you slice it.

It’s time for the Maggie and Matt to taste the 12 wild inventions, deciding who will be this week’s Star Baker and who will be leaving the Bake Off Shed.

 
 

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