What are the Great British Bake Off themes?

24 November 2020, 15:02

The Bake Off theme for this week has been revealed
The Bake Off theme for this week has been revealed. Picture: Channel 4/ Love Productions

What are they making on the Great British Bake Off this week? Find out everything about the technical challenge, signature bake and showstopper...

The 11th series of The Great British Bake Off has reached the end, with three bakers battling it out in the famous tent to be crowned 2020’s winner.

And this year, judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood are back to set the contestants some difficult - and sometimes impossible - challenges.

Presenter Noel Fielding is also joined by brand new GBBO star Matt Lucas who is on hand to bring some light relief to the tension among the bakers.

The Great British Bake Off is back on Channel 4
The Great British Bake Off is back on Channel 4. Picture: Channel 4

Each episode sees the competitors take on a signature, technical and showstopper bake, before one is given the title of Star Baker, and another is sent home.

But what are the themes of the Bake Off and what will the bakers be doing this week?

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What are the Great British Bake Off themes?

Week 10 - The final

There is not usually a theme in the final week.

The last three bakers face three tests of a range of baking skills which include a deceptively simple Signature round combining set custard and puff pastry.

The technical is celebrating the classic combination of chocolate and nuts, while the final Showstopper sees them create a magnificent dessert tower.

Week 9 - Patisserie Week

The semi-final saw the contestants take on patisserie in a bid to make it to the final.

The four remaining bakers faced a booze-soaked signature, tough technical challenge to make a Danish cornucopia cake, as well as a delicate showstopper showcasing their finesse and precision.

Week 8 - Dessert Week

It was very sweet week on Bake Off, with the contestants tasked with making a miniature version of a classic cheesecake for the Signature challenge.

There was a Technical that dates back to the 17th century, while the bakers made their artistic visions a reality using jelly and sponge for their showstopping dessert cake.

Week 7 - 80s Week

During 80s Week the bakers were given some very retro bakes by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

For the signature, they had to put a twist on the classic Quiche, while the technical challenge saw them create custard doughnuts.

The Showstopper challenge also tasked them with making Ice Cream cakes in the baking hot tent.

Week 6 - Japanese Week

Bake Off viewers were treated to a brand new theme for this year's series in the form of Japanese Week.

For the first time, the signature challenge asked bakers to make the Japanese version of Asian staple steamed buns.

The technical round then involved 'a tricky recipe involving multiple layers', while the showstopper round was themed around kawaii, which symbolises Japan’s love of everything that is cute.

Week 5 - Pastry Week

Things don't get better than a good ol' Cornish Pasty for the signature.

Bakers then had to get through an eclair technical set by Prue, before finally producing a showstopper that featured a classic tart hidden within a cage made entirely from pastry.

Week 4 - Chocolate Week

It was a chocolate lovers heaven in the tent in week four.

Things kicked off with a brownie signature challenge, followed by a technical which tested the bakers' knowledge of Babka – a sweet, braided bread originating in Jewish communities.

The contestants were lastly asked to make a spectacular white chocolate celebration cake.

Week 3 - Bread Week

The third week of the competition saw the contestants try their hands at Bread making.

Paul’s favourite week saw a sweet and savoury signature, a technical challenge in aid of the NHS, and a Showstopper where the bakers must create decorative and elaborate designs in bread.

Week 2 - Biscuit week

Biscuit week almost defeated some of the bakers in week two, with a string of tough challenges.

The signature was Florentine biscuits which are sweet pastries of nuts and fruit coated in chocolate.

While the technical challenge was coconut macaroons and the showstopper was a 3D biscuit sculpture of a dinner setting.

Week 1 - Cake Week

Week one always kicks off with Cake Week, which delivered it’s fair share of drama.

The 12 hopefuls were first asked to create a traditional Battenberg which is a sponge held together with jam with a distinctive check pattern inside.

Paul then tasked the contestants to make six, mini pineapple upside down cakes, with Dave’s ending up on the floor

The bakers were then asked to make a showstopper in the shape of their favourite celebrities.

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