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    24 Side-By-Sides Of The "Great British Bake Off" Bakes Vs. Their Drawings

    This week takes the cake!

    I don't know about you, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about the Great British Bake Off cake week premiere since I watched it.

    A photo of Paul, Prue, Noel, and Matt.
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    It had everything I need from a new season of Bake Off — an absolutely lovely cast of bakers, a teeny bit of drama, and a truly bonkers Showstopper Challenge.

    One of the most terrifying show stoppers on Bake Off. Ever. #GBBO #GreatBritishBakeOff

    Since I absolutely adore the drawings of the bakers' plans, I decided to recap each episode with side-by-sides of the drawings next to how the actual bakes turned out. Please enjoy!

    First up was the Signature Bake: Battenberg cakes! (A dessert I'm going to pretend I've heard of before watching this episode!) On your mark, get set...

    Matt Lucas saying "Bake!"
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    1. Loriea's bright blue bubblegum and cream soda Battenberg:

    A drawing of Loriea's Battenberg, with  bubblegum and cream soda sponges and blue almond marzipan side-by-side with her finished product
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    2. Laura's pretty floral Battenberg:

    A drawing of Laura's Battenberg, with raspberry ripple and coconut sponges and piped flowers side-by-side with her finished product
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    3. Mak's subdued and soothing Battenberg:

    A drawing Mak's orange and spiced stem ginger sponges with Pistachio marzipan side-by-side with his finished product
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    4. Lottie's bright and fun Battenberg:

    A drawing of Lottie's bright pink and yellow rhubarb and custard Battenberg side-by-side with her finished product
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    5. Peter's polka-dotted Battenberg:

    A drawing of Peter's gluten-free chocolate and orange battenberg side-by-side with his finished product
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    6. Sura's sunny and citrusy Battenberg:

    A drawing of Sura's lemon and orange battenberg decorated with marzipan lemons and oranges side-by-side with her finished product
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    7. Rowan's sparkling and magical Battenberg:

    A drawing of Rowan's sparkling battenberg based on The Magic Flute side-by-side with his finished product, which didn't have the tower details on the inside that he intended
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    8. Linda's ambulance Battenberg, which was a tribute to her cousin:

    A drawing of Linda's Battenberg meant to look like an ambulance side-by-side with her finished product
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    9. Hermine's pretty and polished Battenberg:

    A drawing of Hermine's chocolate and orange Battenberg, with a piped flower side-by-side with her finished product
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    10. Dave's coffee-licious Battenberg:

    A drawing of Dave's Espresso Martini Battenberg side-by-side with his finished product
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    11. Marc's floral and fun Battenberg:

    A drawing of Marc's bittersweet Battenberg with sour cherry and chocolate and walnut sponge decorated in piped flowers side-by-side with his finished product
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    12. And Mark's fruit-filled and nutty Battenberg:

    A drawing of Mark's Pistachio and Cardamom and Pomegranate and orange sponges with almond and orange marzipan side-by-side with his finished product
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    Then, this week's Technical Challenge certainly had a bit of drama when Sura accidentally knocked over Dave's tray of pineapple upside-down cake to make them ~literally~ upside-down. But Sura was SO deeply apologetic and the whole thing made me very sad.

    Pineapple upside-down cakes on the ground
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    That led to the MAIN EVENT, one of the most bonkers and hilarious Showstoppers ever — the contestants had to make a cake bust of their favorite celebrity and, whew, that was a real tough one. Luckily the bakers are all great sports, and I genuinely enjoy them all so much.

    Paul Hollywood laughing
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    13. Rowan's Marie Antoinette bust:

    A drawing of Rowan's Marie Antionette bust that was supposed to have choux buns for hair side-by-side with his finished product that used rice paper instead
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    14. Lottie's Louis Theroux bust:

    A drawing of Lottie's Louis Theroux bust side-by-side with her finished product
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    15. Mak's Bill Bryson bust:

    A drawing of Mak's Bill Bryson bust side-by-side with his finished product
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    16. Dave's Tom DeLonge bust:

    A drawing Dave's Tom DeLonge bust side-by-side with his finished product
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    17. Peter's Sir Chris Hoy bust:

    A drawing of Peter's Sir Chris bust side-by-side with his finished product
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    18. Mark's Charles Darwin bust:

    A drawing Mark's Charles Darwin bust side-by-side with his finished product
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    19. Sura's David Attenborough bust:

    A drawing of Sura's David Attenborough bust side-by-side with her finished product, which ended up being a bit too heavy in the head, so she had to prop it up
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    20. Loriea's Miss Lou bust:

    A drawing of Loriea's Miss Lou cake side-by-side with her finished product
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    21. Laura's Freddie Mercury bust:

    A drawing of Laura's Freddie Mercury bust side-by-side with her finished product, which lost its neck
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    22. Linda's Bob Marley bust:

    A drawing of Linda's Bob Marley cake side-by-side with her finished product
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    23. Hermine's Lupita Nyong'o bust:

    A drawing of Hermine's Lupita Nyong'o cake side-by-side with her finished product
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    24. And Marc's David Bowie bust:

    A drawing of Marc's David Bowie bust side-by-side with his finished product
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    In the end, Peter was Star Baker and Loriea went home. And that's that on Cake Week! Can't wait to see what happens in Week 2! What were your favorite bakes this week? Who are you rooting for? Tell me in the comments!

    If you enjoy these drawings as much as I do, check out artist Tom Hovey's work on his website and his studio site and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TomHoveyArt.

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