The Great British Bake Off Finale Live Blog

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***Spoiler Warning:  Spoilers for The Great British Bake Off finale IN REAL UK TIME follow. Read at your own risk! Spoilers***

This is the end.

My baking friend…

..the end.

The time has come, dear ones. We face not only the thrilling finale of this most glorious, Selasi filled season of The Great British Bake Off, but the end of the show altogether.

We gather here to see who, of Candice Of The Colourful Lipsticks, Andrew Of The Eternal Optimism and Jane Of The Good Old Traditions, will take home the final trophy of the final season of the best show in the whole world.

This will be the last time that we see these judges and these presenters together in a big white tent in a very fancy English garden and folks, my heart is breaking all over again.

Regardless who wins, and all the final contestants deserve to, today is a sad day.

Many of my friends over the pond (Hi, America!) fell in love with the show for one very simple reason; It’s just so nice. Everyone is friendly, the pace is  laid back, the presenters are funny, the judges so caring. They’re hardly judges, really. They’re mentors, friends. They’ve always found something nice to say about even the most disastrous bake, even if it was just to offer condolences things didn’t go better.

No other reality cooking challenge show has been so universally beloved. No other show has presented such…genuine, honest kindness and decency across the board.

This show has broken barriers, has sparked the kind of public debate about the winners that (for the most part) makes your heart sing.

It’s given Britain, and the world, new heroes, ordinary people from ordinary lives who just really frikkin’ love to bake. It’s shown us that, unlike other talent shows, you don’t need to be a prodigy to shine and be a success. You just need passion and a warm heart, and the world will love you.

I am prouder than I can say to have loved and watched this show from the beginning, I am prouder than I can verbalise of the contestants, those who went home early and those who took home the prize.

I have loved every icing sugar coated moment of it.

Tonight is the end of an era. It will not be the end of the social movement the Bake Off inspires, because kindness, goodness, is inherent to the human condition. We will weep tonight, and tomorrow we will brush ourselves off and look forwards to what ever magical wonderfulness the BBC has in store for Mel, Sue and Mary.

As the old saying goes, ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’

It is a sad day. A sad ending to this ride.

But, folks…what a ride it was.

So, with a heavy heart but a bright eye for the future…Baaaaaake!

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*Lie down. Try not to cry. Cry a lot*

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For those of you that care, the BBC is currently hosting what I think is the first new commercial for…….Sherlock. Proceed to lose your damn fool minds frooooom NOW

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And that’s it, that’s the end of the show. It’s over.

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Jane and Candice are going to take a baking road trip together. BBC, can we come? Please?

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This is the saddest part. Showing us what everyone has been up to since but it’s just a montage of all the bakers best moments and I’m losing it now.

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‘I did it! I’m good! I’m good enough!’ Ooh, Candice! Even her little pug dog is made up for her!

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Candice, you did your Grandma proud, girl. You did.

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Jane and Andrew are so graceful and so happy for her.

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Hahahaaaa in the background of all the final interviews it’s begun pissing it down. Rule Brittania baby!

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Her fella is sobbing! Oooh Candice! I’m so happy and so proud and her lipstick is on POINT

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CANDICE! YESSSSS!

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…CANDICE

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apart from all of us

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And the winner is

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Jane’s already crying. I’m crying, you’re crying, we’re a mess.

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I mean, apart from every second of the last few minutes?

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Will there be a moment as tear inducing as Mary telling Nadiya she was proud of her?

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I mean, Candice clearly won the show stopper, but it’s not just about that.

We’re in the closing moments now, folks. This is it.
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But he loves it, oh my god I just nearly blacked out.

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A long pause from Paul is the most terrifying thing in the world

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Meep, her scones are a bit of a wobble, not enough flavour, but that’s okay. We can come back!

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And now Candice! Her piggy sausage rolls are adorable and look so delicious. And her pastry is baked! A miracle!

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His cake looks incredible. Grandmas recipe too….and they love it. Yes!

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Andrew looks near tears because his pastry’s are all raw or to soft. It tastes good but this is potentially a disaster.

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Andrew had the same problems with his sausage rolls, the very pastry he didn’t bother to measure, in that it’s too thick and under baked. Oh this is torture.

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They do love her improvised cake siding, phew! And they love the cake, hurrrray!

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A mixed bag for Jane. Some of her pastry is under baked or under flavoured, but her fruit tart is solid. Now comes the cake.

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Jane’s cake looks….not good.

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Jane; ‘I think I could cry. I think it’s the emotion of finishing, and not doing it again’

Aaaaand I’m crying.
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And that’s time! Well done to all of them! What ever happens next, this has been an amazing season.

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She’s got no chocolate collar. She’s got no chocolate collar. Oh my god SHE’S GOT NO CHOCOLATE COLLAR! IMPROVISE! QUICK!

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Has Jane’s collar worked out? Oh no. Oh nooooooo no no

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Everyone is pressed for time, everyone is racing to the finish.

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Half an hour to finish?! My heart rate just broke some kind of record. If you listened to my chest you’d just hear a high whining sound

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Andrew has given up measuring everything. This shit just got real.

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Selasi wants Andrew to win, because IRL Selasi and Andrew have the most beautiful bromance of our time.

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Now we get to go and see all the former bakers and everyone is so happy to see each other. Hi Selasi!

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Candice sausage rolls have got little piggy faces, because Candice was sent to us by angels.

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How would Selasi cope with this tension? Apart from sexily?

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I am, you lot, I am SO hungry.

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Sue will never again lightly pester a distracted baker…why, Gods? Why did you take this from us?

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Jane’s kids are so proud of her, aaaaw!

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Jane’s wedding photos, her HAIR! Outstanding. Outfuckingstanding.

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Jane is trying the collar again. It didn’t do her as well the last time she did but I believe in her.

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Andrew missed his own uni graduation to practice baking? My heart…

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No, actually, his elfin skip to the fridge is giving me life.

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Andrew’s spread sheet is giving me life.

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And now comes the part of the finale where they really look at the bakers story and visit their families and it’s so sweet and so damn sad. I can’t stop thinking how it’s all going away.

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Candice is invoking the Pearly Kings and Queens in her bakes, because she’s a proper London girl.

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Andrew has an excel colour coded spread sheet because he is too good, too precious for this Earth

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What a challenge. Basically all the picnic favourites, little sausage rolls and scones and all the best British favourites. They’re working the British angle of this bake off HARD

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‘Welcome to your final show stopper challenge’ MY HEART. MY. HEART.

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There’s so much talk about this being the most challenging what ever they’ve ever had, this must all have been shot before they knew because they’re talking like ‘it’s the last…of this season’

But we know, you guys. We know it’s the last…of ever. *more hysterical sobbing*
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This is it. This is the big one. This is the make or break bake. The Showstopper.

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Daaamn Andrew! Back at it again with that dark horse baking

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Jane came third in the technical?! What? The Hollywood handshake is a curse! Hisssss! And Candice second! Oooh!

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Oooooh Candice girl that’s a jelly not a jam! And your buttercream is grainy. That’s my new insult from now on ‘Oh you don’t like me? Well your buttercream is grainy! I said it!’

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The last technical ever on the last gingham table ever *sobbing hysterically*

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Even now, the bakers can’t stop complimenting each others bakes. God this is so SAD! Channel 4 can’t ever hope to top this charm.

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JANE DON’T DROP THE SPONGE!

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You can buy Bake Off brand baking utensils in the shops now. I saw a mixer the other day. I need it in my life and will do nearly anything to get it.

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Andrew is behind, oooh my gosh, you guys, this is scary. He’s so far behind. Everyone else is ten minutes into baking and he only just got his in the oven. Eeeeeek!

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The tension is already insane and I know I’m going to cry at the end, too.

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Victoria Sponge is the first thing you learn to bake with your grandma, it’s…it’s baking foundation. Everyone has their own approach which is grand, but the end result is going to be so important. Mary Berry is the queen of the Victoria Sponge, she may have been a wee small girl when it was first invented.

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Okay. The technical. A classic Victoria sponge with no instructions Little known fact, if you can’t bake a Victoria sandwich they throw you off the cliffs of Dover

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Jane and Candice both giddy about their handshakes and Andrew is just BEREFT. There’s never been a double handshake and he didn’t get one. Ouch Poor bb.

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Someone hug Andrew! Someone hug him!

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Another handshake?! Good lord almighty!

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I feel bad for Andrew now, Jane and Candice are killing it and his was the worst by a mile. Damn!

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Candice has just crushed it, YES! The Hollywood handshake OH MY!

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Candice has outdone herself, it looks amaaaaaaazing!

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Everyone hates the praline. Damn.

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Oooh Andrew’s meringue crown does not look as tidy as it could

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‘My bottom’s cracking’ ey up

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Paul Hollywoods psychological mind games should be studied by experts and applied to intelligence gathering. Why interrogate when you can just get Paul to squint at people thoughtfully?

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‘You can’t out Candice Candice’ HA!

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oooh Andrew’s praline is stuck on the baking paper, and everyones panicked about their meringues being baked.

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Candice is adding a little booze to her bake. That’s my girl.

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Hell, so is Andrew! Goodness!

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Candice is making the actual Royal Crown from meringue? Yass girl!

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One thing I’ll miss the most is the artful sketches of each bakers proposed end product. They’re always so beautiful and lush. Beeb would do well to release a photobook of those sketches, just sayin’

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Does anyone else ever buy meringue nests and just…eat them? Like a cookie made of sugar? I mean, I’ll add fruit, sometimes.

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The bakers are tasked with baking a 3 tiered meringue crown. Seems simple enough…

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The last first bake ever…begins

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Candice’ gingerbread pub will go down as one of the best bakes of all time.

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They should have recut the opening credits to reflect MY BROKEN HEART

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Here we go.

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We’re not looking forward to it, Beeb presenters. Our hearts are broken.

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BBC presenter just said ‘We haven’t been this excited since Wills and Kate got married’. As IF that lives up to this. This…this is history

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Andrew, Jane and Candice are about to rock our worlds and leave us sobbing. I hope you’re ready.

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Madness is just closing out The One Show. Bloody Hell, Suggs looks incredible.

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Okay kids.

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Nadine Morgan

Nadine Morgan is really terrible at the ‘About You’ part of life. Nadine developed her reviewer skills writing epic facebook rants about the details script supervisors forget and trying to explain why Carol on The Walking Dead broke Lizzie by accident. Nadine loves TV, film and books but she wishes someone would pay her to be the continuity editor. She can be found on Facebook and in her forest garden and if she’s not yelling at her TV she’s trying to convince a cat to be an Instagram model and refusing to let 90's fashion die.

  • TheOtherGreg

    From the beginning, I favoured Andrew or Selassi.

    • Nadiney

      I did and always will want Selasi to have won, truly. I’m happy for Candice but Selasi was my champion.

  • TheOtherGreg

    Ha, the technical results are the reverse of the signature. All tied for the showstopper?

  • TheOtherGreg

    Jane looks so stressed

  • TheOtherGreg

    Great choice!

    • Nadiney

      I’m so proud of her! She came across a funny way in the first episode but she’s such a sweetheart.

  • Nadiney

    *brain asplodes*