A Cake Scandal Hit “The Great British Bake Off” And The British Are Angry

If you want to avoid spoilers, please run away now.

1. It started with contestant Diana removing Iain’s baked Alaska from the freezer while it was setting.

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2. Iain was not impressed by this at all.

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3. Diana then said this.

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So Iain decided to check whether his baked Alaska was OK. It really wasn’t.

4. OH MY GOD.

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6. So then, impulsively, Iain threw his cake in the bin.

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7. This was Diana’s reaction.

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8. The British immediately jumped to conclusions.

SABOTAGE #gbbo

— leo_boe (@Leo Boe)

That is the most emotion I've felt watching TV in ages. The PURE HATE you would feel for the person who sabotaged your Baked Alaska #gbbo

— helenlewis (@Helen Lewis)

10. Iain then left the tent and was very sad on a hill.

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11. It gets worse. Diana presented her Alaska swan.

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I'd have thrown her fuckin swan on the floor if I was Iain #GBBO

— Sexpot_Sharon (@SEXPOT SHARON)

13. And she got a very good review from Paul and Mary.

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Well. I know who ISNT MY FAVOURITE NOW #GBBO

— tracey_thorn (@Tracey Thorn)

YOU CAN SHOVE YOUR MERINGUE SWAN UP YOUR ARSE, DIANA. #GBBO

— Pete_Allison (@Pete Allison)

16. Iain, meanwhile, was forced to present his bin.

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17. This is just too much.

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18. It gets WORSE. Iain was last place and had to leave.

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At the end of the day Mary & I need something to judge, it's not about melted ice cream but about what's presented to US... #bingate

— PaulHollywood (@Paul Hollywood)

20. THE BRITISH PUBLIC EXPLODED.

ARE YOU KIDDING IM SO FRUSTRATED IT WASNT HIS FAULT SHE TOOK HIS ICE CREAM OUT THE FRIDGE HOW !? #gbbo

— musicalbethan (@Bethan Mary Leadley)

Diana should have publicly apologised and not just stood there polishing her bloody WI badge and whistling #gbbo

— Alex_T_Smith (@Alex T Smith)

The ice cream sabotage is more controversial than the great custard theft of 2013. #gbbo

— liamwaterloo (@Liam Murphy)

23. Even though Sue Perkins made this point.

Iain's Alaska was out of the freezer for 40 secs. That's it. No sabotage. 40 secs of normal temp would NOT be enough to reduce it to liquid

— sueperkins (@Sue Perkins)

24. Even Wikipedia got involved.

Ha ha ha - just checked out the Wikipedia page for #GBBO. #bringIainback

— josiebuttons (@Josie Buttons)

25. There’s even a campaign, #JusticeForIain.

Please RT if you believe in #justiceforIain @iain_watters #GBBO @BritishBakeOff #dirtydiana

— RevStephenSorby (@Stephen ☩)

26. Even Iain himself tried to calm things down.

THANK YOU @BritishBakeOff it's been truly EPIC. What can I say guys - I had a #MELTDOWN. Thanks for the support. #BINCIDENT #GBBO

— iain_watters (@iain watters)

27. Our final thought?

The beautiful myth of #GBBO as a safe, delicious space, away from cruel competition has been shattered. :( IS NOT EVEN GBBO SAFE FROM 2014?!

— JoBarrow (@Jo Barrow)

28. Also remember this.

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update

Diana, speaking to Free Radio, claimed “it didn’t happen like that”, and that the cake “was not out of the freezer for more than 40 seconds”. She blames bad editing, and says Iain doesn’t blame her at all for it.

update

The Telegraph reports that Diana has quit the show – although for reasons of illness, not because of the Bincident, according to the BBC. The show was filmed months ago, so her departure was unlikely to have anything to do with the national outrage over the melting cake. It does, however, raise the possibility of a dramatic return for Iain.

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