IT’S the biggest prize in baking!
Tonight’s Great British Bake Off final marks the end of a series like no other, filmed as it was over the summer with hosts, crew, and 12 baking hopefuls having to form a covid-secure bubble away from friends and family.
Over 10 gruelling weeks, those dozen contestants have been whittled down to just three – finance student Peter Sawkins, digital manager Laura Adlington, and Armoured Guard Dave Friday.
All three bakers have their strengths and weaknesses and, despite Peter being the bookies’ favourite, any of them could bag a win this evening.
You can follow all the gossip, predictions and build-up ahead of the Bake Off final here, live on this page by following the live blog below.
And during the show itself, which starts at 8pm, we’ll be bringing you all the behind the scenes gossip, reaction and live updates as we watch the final with you.
So, for the last time this year; on your marks, get set… BAKE!.
LAURA'S HAVING A MARE
Looks like it's a two horse race between the boys.
Think Laura's going to end up with her head in the freezer again in a minute.
Here are the other boys looking tense in the tent.
NOT SO PERFECT PETE?
WOW. Peter's biscuits aren't measuring up! This is a strange turn of events.
Could it be curtains for Peter?
IT'S THE FINAL SHOWSTOPPER!
Then the winner will be announced.
So basically, it's between Peter and Dave.
OMG Peter's going 'bonkers' with his bubble cake while Dave is going to tackle a Tower to Redemption. ie: he's setting himself up for a fail by trying this one again.
CAN LAURA WIN?
These fans think not…
FANS STILL UNHAPPY LAURA'S IN THE FINAL
And she's come third again in the technical.
Peter's third and Dave's the winner!
Fake claps all round.
THE MERINGUE IS STARTING TO WEEP, SAYS PETER
So am I! I can't cope with this stress.
Someone give me a tray of chocolate immediately.
How good does this look? I'd eat it, weeping or not.
EVERYONE'S HOT HOT HOT
Laura hates coffee.
Dave is beading with sweat and the pair have never made marshmallow before.
The only one keeping his cool is Peter…
What on earth will happen? Will Perfect Pete saunter along to the final in his stride?
Methinks so. He'll probably stop for a cup of victory tea along the way.
AND IT'S THE FINAL TECH CHALLENGE
“Keep your cool. Use your fridges,” advises Prue. Priceless, that.
Eight little walnut whirls are next on the menu, covered in (bad) tempered chocolate.
Looks like a Walnut Whip to me. Just go to M&S.
OH MY NOEL
He's SO sweet, he just nearly made me cry custard-flavoured tears when giving Laura a pep talk.
HAS THE CUSTARD SET YET?!
The worry is real. It's first world problems for the trio.
Laura's having a mare. Dave is on the edge. Peter's playing it cool.
And Laura's in tears…
NO FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN THE FINAL
Can you believe having to make the choice; Bake Off or newborn baby? Newborn baby or Bake Off?
What a decision for Dave.
“Have a good labour!” I can imagine him shouting to his wife as he entered the Bake Off tent.
I've never been so scared of a custard slice in my life.
The resistance. The piping. The oozing.
I'm having a pastry-shaped panic attack.
AND WE'RE OFF!
Ready, Steady… BAKE!
The poor girl was worried about weight-trolling divs on social media.
She told the Radio Times: “I’ve struggled with low self-esteem and anxiety for most of my life… but baking brings me so much joy.
“It’s definitely made me more confident in my own skin and realise there are good people in the world.”I think that’s the best thing about Bake Off.
“It’s not about looks. It’s just a kind, wholesome show about a bunch of normal people who like to bake.”
GO LAURA. We ad-aura. (You get the idea).
STEP. AWAY. FROM. THE. MACHINE. PRUE
Someone confiscate her phone immediately.
PRUE? ARE YOU OUT THERE?
The judge is probably sat at home with her hands tied up (make that: ribboned) so she can't go near ANY technology and blab anything prematurely.
Give us a virtual thumbs up if that's true, Leith.
Oh, sorry, forgot you can't.
THERE'S A LOT OF LOVE FOR PETER OUT THERE…
BUT… there's also so much sugar for Laura and Dave.
Good luck with the potential suing, though, Isabelle.
AMEN TO THIS…
Peace and tranquility whoever wins, right?
(Saying that, I bet Twitter breaks tonight if Peter doesn't win).
WILLY WONKA'S BAKING FACTORY
We're with you, GBBO fan. The suspense is killing us too.
If you don't get what you want from tonight, I've got a wobbly centre you can have? (Too many cakes).
LUC WHAT MATT'S WRITTEN
Oh lord. Now you're going to start us off with the waterworks, Lucas. We've had a lovely experience with you too.
Does it really HAVE to end? What are we supposed to do after tonight?!
Thanks to Covid, this year’s 11th lot of the show, including cast and crew had to live together in a bubble.
The fact they were holed up at a country estate in Essex makes is *slightly* more bearable.
Still, can you imagine living with strangers for weeks on end?
It would be like Bake Brother in that house, minus the Diary Room.
THREE'S A CROWD?
It is when one baker's going to reach the finish line and the other two will be pied (read: caked) in the face.
The victory could be anyone's. Who knows what's going to happen?
In it to win it tonight are Peter Sawkins, Dave Friday and Laura Adlington.
Who's your favourite?
Ah. Peter was so sure he'd fail, he didn't pack enough clothes to last the duration of the show.
The student may be popular with the judges and viewers – but he hasn't done so well in his packing.
He said about his lack of wardrobe: “Fortunately, I came well prepared with toiletries, but I did have to order some more clothes to wear in the last couple of weeks.
“People seemed to like my Hawaiian style shirt in week five so I used the opportunity to buy some similar shirts for the later weeks.”
You might be buying a lot more after tonight, Pete…?
Fans were left fuming last week when Hermine was voted off by Paul and Prue.
Damn you, Patisserie Week.
Viewers went into overdrive claiming the result was 'fixed' – even though she'd scooped Star Baker for two weeks previously.
In statement on Instagram Hollywood wrote: “I've heard of some sad people trolling Laura, it's disgusting behaviour.
“Those of you who may not be aware how Bake Off works or new to the series may have missed what we have ALWAYS done on Bake Off judging.”
He added: “Each week stands on its own!! It never matters what any baker has done in previous weeks. Even if you win 4/5 star bakers and then have a bad week you will be at risk of going sadly. It’s the rule that has been in place for 11 years!”
PRUE'S GOING TO WIN?!
PL is keeping schtum. Lips and mouth signed, sealed and delivered.
Much like the judges and presenters whopping pay packets.