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“Bake Off” France Did A Crime Scene–Themed Week And Oh My Goodness

I hope that you are not eating while you are reading this post, by the way.

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Every year Le Meilleur Pâtissier (that's the French version of Bake Off) likes to do a Halloween-themed episode. The Showstoppers can be a little...er...unique.

Such bakes are not what you'd expect from a wholesome "oh, that's a pretty bake" kind of show. Yet this has become a thing.
Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6 / Via 6play.fr

Such bakes are not what you'd expect from a wholesome "oh, that's a pretty bake" kind of show. Yet this has become a thing.

This year the French Bake Off upped its game. They did a themed week where the bakers had to make a Showstopper that looked like a crime scene.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

As a result, the illustrations were less slightly endearing than the ones you might see on the British version.

Yes, that is a cat. Or perhaps was a cat.But don't worry: It has been filled with chocolate and ganache.
Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Yes, that is a cat. Or perhaps was a cat.

But don't worry: It has been filled with chocolate and ganache.

The weirdest thing is that, despite the horror, it feels like a normal episode of Bake Off: the tent looks the same; the challenges are the same. As we saw this guy finishing his bake, the Bake Off background music was playing.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Now, before we continue, I thought I should let you know that I am 8% fluent in French on Duolingo. I wasn't able to follow everything that was going on here.

The only phrase I properly remember from school is "Ou est la discothèque?", which is not that handy because I have been to France multiple times and not once have I gotten lost trying to find a disco.
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The only phrase I properly remember from school is "Ou est la discothèque?", which is not that handy because I have been to France multiple times and not once have I gotten lost trying to find a disco.

But here is what I have learned from watching: The Meilleur Pâtissier tent is surrounded by tape, with what appears to be a murdered cake on the floor.

Glorious.
Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Glorious.

When they started with the Showstopper challenge, one baker immediately smothered a tray with fake blood and edible glass.

Not so glorious.
Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Not so glorious.

Another baker thought it would be hilarious to fake having an accident for some reason.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

But the good-natured spirit of Bake Off persisted, with two bakers coming to help another finish what looked like a cake in the shape of a dead body.

Me on Sunday morning.
Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Me on Sunday morning.

I saw a nice bake being made, then someone smothered it with blood and stuck in a knife in it.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Here is what it looked like when it was finished.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

When the Showstopper was presented I decided to make the creepiest GIF I have made in a long time.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Meanwhile, here is what Julien decided to bake.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

And here is what it looked like when it was finished.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Apologies for the graphic reveal but, to be honest, it needed it.

The French Paul Hollywood (Cyril Lignac) was so excited to see it.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Usually during the taste test I become jealous of the judges. In this episode, not so much.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Here's a video, if that is your thing.

"Pfiouuu, tu vas loin toi dans le délire 😨" @cyril_lignac Quand Julien présente "la jambe de @mercotte" au jury 😱🔪 ⬇️ L'épisode #LMP "Crimes à la crème" en replay ▶️ https://t.co/WFHoTWfv3d https://t.co/wsHkcX8Rcl

And the sight of Julien's apron made me do a double take.

It got a great review. I heard "J'adore" a lot.
Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

It got a great review. I heard "J'adore" a lot.

Then, this was presented. It looked like someone had had an accident during the challenge and had to be rushed to hospital.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Then I saw this bake and thought it looked underwhelming, and I was a bit relieved to be quite honest.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

But then everyone was talking in French far above my 8% fluency on Duolingo and one of the hosts did this.

Mon dieu.
Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

Mon dieu.

And sure enough, he was instructed to cut into the bake with a scalpel so the inside looked like a real body.

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

But then, for no reason, we were then shown this fluffy pony outside the tent and everything felt fine?!

Le Meilleur Pâtissier / M6

You can watch Le Meilleur Pâtissier on the M6 website. Don't say I didn't warn you, though.