Fans of The Great British Bake Off heralded the return of the much-loved show with a feast of tweets as the third series cooked up plenty of food for torte…
“I’m crying at the @britishbakeoff now, I thought my emotional rollercoaster was over when the Olympics finished!!!” exclaimed @elinjones83 shortly after budding baker Natasha was eliminated.
The fact that the term ‘Poor Natasha’ trended worldwide on Twitter highlighted the wave of sympathy for her ill-fated baking efforts.
Last year’s Bake Off finalist Holly Bell summed up the general mood by tweeting: “Poor Natasha! Thought she seemed really nice.”
Caroline Brookes wrote on our official Facebook page: “Natasha had a bad round with the babas and she’d over-soaked her end cake, but I think she showed more technical flair and promise than Stuart.”
“Natasha may have gone, but the rose design she did was lush!” felt @Mim_Taylor.
The blackbirds in Victoria’s showstopping pie/cake weren’t the only ones chirping as many fans were dazzled by the star baker’s ‘hidden design’ concoction.
Julia Abbott wrote: “While I thought the union jack cake was beautifully executed, I did think Victoria’s blackbird cake had taken the challenger up a notch. Not just a shape or pattern, she’s telling a story.”
However, Gina DeFiorè wasn’t alone when she wrote on Facebook: “I was a bit disappointed when they opened it up, it promised so much on the outside but not inside the cake.”
Elsewhere, the standard of competition and toughness of the recipes were widely remarked upon.
“I don’t envy anyone of these bakers. GBBO is looking even tougher. They all deserve huge credit,” tweeted @_PaulW, while @NyreeStewart picked up on the glorious line – “It has the texture of a muppet” – best quote from Mel on @BritishBakeOff.”
Social media interaction was an important to the Bake Off related fun during the show, with @lbeevs commenting “I am hooked already and loving the running commentary from @britishbakeoff I’m seriously multitasking by watching TV and reading tweets!”
Baker John didn’t exactly help the common conception that men can’t multitask though. Making a rum baba and trying to differentiate between salt and sugar was a step too far for the Wigan lad. “Good grief they must be nervous! Salt instead of sugar, jeez,” said @MUFCsuze.
Meanwhile, Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee summed up the general mood of the night with her tweet “Cakes, Mel & Sue & no doubt calamity – what’s not to love!” Even Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas tucked into the action, tweeting “Great british bake off #decent.”
So onto Week Two as 11 amateur bakers now remain. Just keep the salt away from John…