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9 Times "The Great Australian Bake Off" Was Perfection

**SPOILERS FOR EP 1. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.**

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The Great Australian Bake Off has begun an all-new season with an entirely new look and feel.

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Aussie fans of The Great British Bake Off should celebrate, as this new version is a true-blue Aussie homage to the original. Here's why it takes the cake:

1. It's everything you love about GBBO with some classic Aussie twists.

All the finishing touches are wonderful, but most noticeably, the bakers have been plonked into a beautiful shed. Decked out with all their baking needs, while still retaining that homegrown feel.
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All the finishing touches are wonderful, but most noticeably, the bakers have been plonked into a beautiful shed. Decked out with all their baking needs, while still retaining that homegrown feel.

Even though the Bake Off themes are still there, it's still so beautifully 'strayan.

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2. So contestants say brilliant things like:

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Ahhh Baby Nath. Nothing more Aussie than a shedload of bakers, shitting themselves over some cake.

Also little sparkling gems about their background in Aussie baking.

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THE CWA, OR COUNTRY WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION, DEAL A LOT WITH ICING SUGAR. Can we please start a petition to have Mariana as our national flower because she is honestly so wonderful.

Meanwhile, the judge/contestant banter is so local.

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Blokes just bein' blokes, talkin about blokey stuff like a profiterole bunt cake.

3. Technical bakes have also had the localised treatment. Like Maggie Beer's Constitution Cake.

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The cake, similar to a fruitcake and covered in royal icing, includes several homegrown ingredients, like dried quandongs (a kind of wild peach), muntries (our version of a native cranberry), and the Davidson plum.

The Davidson plum, if you're wondering, elicits this reaction when first tasted:

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...this...

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...and this.

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Obviously once it's mixed in with all the other good bits, the reaction is QUITE different. We hope.

And even when they're given bushels of bullshit ingredients they've never heard of - they manage to rock it out.

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4. The baking itself is inspired.

Suzy shone early with her Strawberry Angel cake. LOOK HOW GLAM THAT DAMN CAKE IS. I feel like a princess just LOOKING at it.
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Suzy shone early with her Strawberry Angel cake. LOOK HOW GLAM THAT DAMN CAKE IS. I feel like a princess just LOOKING at it.

Baby Nath's Blueberry and Blood Orange cake proved him to be more than just the youngest in the competition.

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And Janice's Japanese Honey Souffle Cheesecake had the judges hooked.

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He means a crack in the cake, Janice didn't add a special ingredient.

5. Matt Moran and Maggie Beer aren't just great judges, they're your ultimate squad goals

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heh heh heh heh.

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HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH.

THEY'RE JUST SO MUCH FUN. Maggie and Matt have such a wonderful way of both complimenting and critiquing the bakers in the show. Matt definitely cuts to the chase when something isn't quite right. Meanwhile, The Nation's First Lady of Baking, Maggie, is so kind. Even when something is wrong, Maggie still finds the opportunity to give shoutouts to the bakers.

6. Mel Buttle and Claire Hooper are on point as the hosts with the mosts.

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Not only can they decorate a grouse cake, but Mel and Claire are wonderful additions to the show. Doesn't hurt that they're both hysterical.

7. And if you weren't already in love with the contestants...

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...you soon will be.

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Unf. Man after my own heart.

8. The surprises never stop, with a Showstopper challenge to create a hidden design cake.

Janice literally baked a cake within a cake within a pandan jelly. JANICE, THAT IS CAKE INCEPTION AND I AM HERE FOR IT.
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Janice literally baked a cake within a cake within a pandan jelly. JANICE, THAT IS CAKE INCEPTION AND I AM HERE FOR IT.

Or Angela's MOUTHWATERING AF Mint and Chocolate Cake.

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I would swipe right for this cake. I would swipe it right into my face.

Jasmin baked what host Mel Buttle called a "Reverse Kylie Minogue" cake, concealing her British roots wrapped up in the icing of her adopted home.

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9. And it wouldn't be Bake Off without a little heartbreak. This Showstopper just needed a little medical attention.

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But overall it's a brilliantly delicious addition to your weekly watch.

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Check out The Great Australian Bake Off on Tuesdays, 8.30 p.m. AEST on LifeStyle FOOD!

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