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A quick bite with Helena

Halloween-lover Helena shared why, despite her penchant for black, her happiest cake would have all the colours of the rainbow.

What’s it like having made it into the Tent?

I won a baking competition at work and that gave me the confidence to apply. Although when I learned that I had got in, I had a bit of a confidence crisis thinking: can I possibly be good enough?

What memories do you have of the very first week?

I was literally numb on the first day, I couldn’t take it all in, really.  It was such a blur, and it hit me afterwards that I had made it into the Tent.

You are asked to make a cake that signifies one of the happiest days of your life.  What would it be and why…and what would it be made of?

I would do a three-tier cake representing all the Bakers. We are all so different yet we share such a passion.  It would be decorated in an artistic motif way to bring out something from their individual characters and it would have multi-coloured icing to represent everyone.

Who will be the most surprised out of your friends/workmates/family that you have made it to Bake Off?

When people find out when it is revealed they will be incredibly pleased. Some will think ‘oh my goodness, I can’t believe it’, but others I don’t think will be that surprised as they know how much I have wanted to be a Baker in the tent.

If you could be stuck in a lift with a previous Baker who would it be and why?

Kim-Joy, from the last series, as I liked her particular style and I think like me she has a niche look. Her bakes are Japanese-inspired and cutesy, whereas I am witchy and gothic with a Halloween twist.

The Great British Bake Off starts Tuesday 27th August, 8pm on Channel 4.