As I have said before, most people watch the BBC's Great British Bake Off to see the disasters and not to improve their baking skills. It's just not true that the hit TV programme has stimulated folk to take up home baking, despite the apparent evidence presented by supermarkets and cake making suppliers. Well, there should be very few disasters in tonight's final, or will there? Will Ian's elaborate construction topple as he lifts it from the oven? Is Nadiya likely to be over-ambitious and feel the wrath of Paul's tongue? And will Tamal try adding one of his mother's secret spices to his elaborate cake with disastrous consequences? We will just to have wait and see, like the other 10 million viewers who will be tuning in.

Tonight is the final of The Great British Bake Off and while we all have our favourite out of the three popular finalists, they are so closely matched, it will be difficult to predict who will win this evening. Frances Quinn, the winner in 2013, yesterday shared her predictions in the national press, of who she thinks will rise to the top. I'll share it with you and see if you agree with her.

Photographer Ian is the first GBBO finalist to have ever built an oven from scratch and photographed the Dalai Lama. I'm presuming he'll be the last, too. He was the most consistent of the three finalists initially, having won star baker three consecutive times. However, his performance of late has shown up a few flaws amid his foraging and flavour strengths. Psychologically this could serve him (every pun intended) well. With his confidence knocked he’ll be more likely to dig deep to prove himself and lift maybe not only a bucket of white chocolate but the trophy itself. His ability to build and engineer bakes and chocolate wells from DIY kitchen kit brought in from home could prove a deciding factor in the final showstopper: a classic British cake (he's certainly got a good back catalogue of bespoke metal moulds). I’m imagining a heap of foraged flowers and herbs spread across Ian' s worktop and cake tiers. But whether this will result in everything coming out of Ian's oven smelling of roses is yet to be seen

The final looks like it could be as dramatic as Nadiya’s facial expressions, and she could well be leaving the tent as proud as the chocolate peacock she created. She is firm favourite among many Bake Off fans: there are plenty of bets being placed on her, and even the Prime Minister has said he is backing her. Nadiya has grown in confidence and technical skill as the series has progressed, evident most recently in her climbing to the top of the technical challenge podium and taking the star baker crown for the last two weeks. In fact, both she and Ian are level when it comes to being star baker - they've both won three times. She's excellent at creating stylish, elegant bakes packed full of flavour. But she can struggle in the technical challenges.

Anaesthetist Tamal is the youngest baker by one year of the final three and the only one to have received star baker once. But as the last three previous series have shown,  this has proved to be the winning prescription. Tamal could be seen as the dark horse heading into the final, if the bookies odds are to be believed. He can have problems with timing, and some of his bakes have lacked finesse. But I think that the heartthrob - who is certainly ahead of the field when it comes to his popularity on social media - is in a very strong position to win.''

I don't now about you, but my money is on Tamal. Only a few hours to wait now before the winner is revealed.

The Great British Bake Off Final is on BBC1 tonight at 8.00pm. 


  1. Written while watching the final:-

    Nadiya clearly won the 'Speciality' round with her perfectly executed iced buns, with Ian in second place, despite some poor icing. Tamal had a disaster in terms of timing though there was a positive for his marmalade filled bun. The 'Technical' challenge stretched Nadiya and Ian while Tamal was again in a state of stress and produced a 'mess' with rushed pastry and squashed cakes. Nadiya again 'ticked all the boxes' and again finished on top with Ian second.It looks as if Nadiya is now on course to win!

    The final challenge was to make a classic British multi-tiered cake (3 tiers minimum). Tamal made a sticky toffee pudding cake, based on an ancient Japanese fishing village! Nadiya made a lemon drizzle wedding cake, while Ian challenged himself with a five tier carrot cakes in a cascading array.Ian had to recalculate his recipe to ensure he had enough cake for five tiers but forgot to put in his orange. Tamal was heavily muti-tasking in this test. Nadiya kept cool, freezing her cakes so they would cut easily. (Previous contenders were tipping Nadiya to win). The last hour of this bake saw Tamal's toffee filling frozen solid in the fridge. Decorating of cakes began and time began to run out as the last three minutes was called and panic set in and tears flowed from Ian. Final cakes looked impressive. Nadiya's cake was describe as 'spectacular' and at tasting as 'perfect, delicious and beautiful'. Tamal's 'fishing village' was again 'breathtaking' according to Mary. Paul said it was tasty and worked! Ian's construction was amusing and 'clever but simple'. Paul said it was one of the best carrot cakes he had ever tasted. Mary said it was 'different'.

    And the winner of the Bake-Off 2015 was Nadiya - no surprise to me or anyone else watching the final!


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