So after weeks of baking mishaps and wonders, Mel and Sue’s innuendos and Nadiya’s amazing facial expressions, one contestant was finally crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off… and it was of course Nadiya Hussain.

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It would be difficult to find anyone who did not think Nadiya deserved to win; she has developed from somebody who wasn’t very confident to begin with, to someone who now says, “I can do it. I will do it.” She undoubtedly beat the two boys into the ground in this final episode, with her three bakes being pretty much perfect. It also helped her case that Ian suddenly seemed to develop amnesia, forgetting the caster sugar in the iced buns signature bake, and the orange in his carrot cake show stopper. Tamal also appeared to let the stress get to him, which may have not only cost him the title, but caused many adoring fans to cry into their pillows as well.

Overall, the finale was surprisingly emotional at times, with even Mary Berry choking up before she quickly scampered away from the camera. It was an exciting end to a terrific series, with amazing contestants and cakes which did not disappoint.

N.B. To prevent heartache caused by waiting sadly for the next series of the Great British Bake Off, we recommend comfort eating lots of cake.

Ruth Pengelly

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