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12 Delicious Desserts From The Great British Bake Off Winners

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12 Delicious Desserts From The Great British Bake Off Winners

The Great British Bake Off is back – which means 11 weeks of soggy bottoms, total meltdowns over collapsed soufflés and us drooling over the contestants’ Showstoppers. There’s a new challenge for series 7, Batter Week, and a bit of drama involving knives, according to Mary Berry. Oh, it’s exciting stuff alright.

If you’re anything like us during Bake Off, you’ll start thinking you’re Paul Hollywood and begin baking cakes for anyone that hints at having a sweet tooth. To capitalise on the enthusiasm GBBO instils in baking fans, here are 12 delicious dessert recipes from the shows previous winners, along with a little bit about what they've been up to since the show. 

Edd Kimber

Edd Kimber was rejected by his local catering college before going on to be crowned the first-ever Bake Off Winner. Since then he’s gone on to work for Raymond Blanc and write three hugely successful dessert-themed cookbooks. Here are two of our favourite Edd Kimber recipes.

Bakewell Ombre Cake

The Bakewell tart is a British classic. This ombre cake pairs the familiar almond and raspberry jam flavours in a sandwich sponge that’s encased in flamboyant pink frosting.

Image: BBC Good Food

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Perfect Summer Pavlova

This summer berry Pavlova makes use of whatever fruit you have to hand and can be knocked up in minutes. Like a true Pavlova, it’s crispy and the outside and soft and gooey in the middle.

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Joanne Wheatley

Since winning GBBO season two, Jo Wheatley has gone on to rack up sales of over £500,000 from two bestselling cookbooks and launch her own cookery school. She’s a regular on TV and writes for several popular food magazines, which is where we stumbled across these two gems...

Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake

Did you know that lemon drizzle cake was recently voted the most popular cake by people in the South East and East Anglia? Did you even want to know? Never mind. Jo Wheatley’s lemon drizzle layer cake is every bit as delectable as you’d expect and can be ready to serve in little over an hour.


Image: Sainsbury's Magazine

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The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

There are chocolate cakes and then there is this… ‘Ultimate’ doesn’t quite do it justice.


Image: Food Lover Magazine

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John Whaite

Former banker, John, swapped a career in law for the prestige of teaching at Le Cordon Bleu. He’s also resident TV chef on Lorraine and co-presents Chopping Block with Rosemary Shrager.

Rhubarb, White Chocolate & Thyme Traybakes

Thyme, in a cake? We wondered about that. We shouldn’t have. John knows his stuff and proves beyond any doubt that this is one herb that doesn’t just belong in savoury dishes. This simple recipe is a great way to use up any rhubarb and the flavour of the fruit is well complemented by the addition of white chocolate.


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Nutella Pudding with Caramelised Pretzels

Nutella pudding requires just two ingredients: Nutella and eggs. More than just adding caramelised pretzels and cream to the mix, John’s recipe for the WHSmith blog differs from the original Nutella cake recipe by requiring the eggs to be whisked. It’s a move of pure genius!

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Frances Quinn

A surprise fourth winner of Bake-Off, Frances has gone on to release a critically acclaimed recipe collection and feature in Vogue. Known for her creative cake designs, she’s also cooked for celebrities including Jools Holland and Clare Balding.

Malted Milk Tiffin Biscuits

The malted milk is staple of UK biscuit tins. In a nod to the popular biscuit, these malt-extract tiffin slabs keep the milk-and-cookies nostalgia alive by including a generous helping of chocolate chips and milk bottle sweets.


Image: Lancashire Life

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Coffee Shot Cup Cakes

What’s better than a morning cup of coffee? A morning cup of coffee cake, of course!


Image: Birmingham Mail

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Nancy Birtwhistle

Retired GP practice manager, Nancy, won GBBO 2014 after not making the cut for the class of 2013. She has not featured in the media as much as the other Bake Off winners but is no less prolific, writing a new recipe every day and campaigning for the charity, Love Food Hate Waste.

Gooseberry and Enderflower Meringue

For this simple meringue, Nancy recommends picking gooseberries when they’re dry and refrigerating in a bag until they're ready to use.

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Summer pudding terrine

Summer puddings don’t get any better than this bitter-sweet tasting terrine. Using a mixture of fresh and frozen berries, it’s a recipe you’ll return to every time the sun makes an appearance.


Image: Love Food Hate Waste

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Nadiya Hussain

The Great British Bake Off’s biggest success, Nadiya has transcended the show to become a worldwide star. Not only is she a bestselling cookbook author, newspaper columnist and star of her own TV show, The Chronicles of Nadiya, she baked the Queen’s 90th birthday cake!

Confetti Birthday Cake

A birthday celebration demands a crowd-pleasing cake. This strawberry icing and sprinkles-covered sponge will go down a treat with kids and adults.


Image: Good To Know

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Raspberry Jam Puddle Brownies

Nadiya takes the standard crisp-top chocolate brownie to a whole new level by introducing pools of raspberry jam. The recipe serves 18, so there should be enough to go around – if you’re interested in sharing that is.


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If you’re anything like us during Bake Off, you’ll start thinking you’re Paul Hollywood and begin baking cakes for anyone that hints at having a sweet tooth. To capitalise on the enthusiasm GBBO instils in baking fans, here are 12 delicious dessert recipes from the shows previous winners, along with a little bit about what they've been up to since the show.