The (not so) Great British Bake Off! Viewers accuse standard to be far WORSE than previous years


Viewers of this year’s Great British Bake Off are claiming this year’s contestants are far worse than previous years.

Fans of the Channel 4 bakery show, now in its 11th season, have been voicing their dismay and frustration on Twitter after a string of botched bakes and ‘poor’ show stoppers this year.

They claim that standards have slipped compared to the glories of previous years, despite judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith continuing to praise performances.

Mark’s chocolate and orange Ziggy cake was criticised by viewers with one calling the cakes on the episode ‘terrifying’ 

Lottie's Japanese Kawaii cake looked a bit strange, despite the fact she won star baker that week

Lottie’s Japanese Kawaii cake looked a bit strange, despite the fact she won star baker that week 

Hermione's first pond pudding fell apart straight away as she took it out of its case and before judging almost all of them collapsed

Hermione’s first pond pudding fell apart straight away as she took it out of its case and before judging almost all of them collapsed 

Laura's ice cream cake was left melting and lopsided during the warm conditions in the tent

Laura’s ice cream cake was left melting and lopsided during the warm conditions in the tent 

Viewers of this year's season of The Great British Bake Off have been left disappointed with the standard of the bakers

Viewers of this year’s season of The Great British Bake Off have been left disappointed with the standard of the bakers 

One user wrote: ‘Is it just me or has the standard of the bakers this year had not been as good as previous years?’

Another said: ‘Is it just me or are the bakers not the best this year? Multiple sub standard signatures, mass failings on the technical and as for the Showstopper…’  

It was desserts week in the semi-final, which saw the remaining five bakers try their hand at cheesecakes, Sussex pond puddings and jelly cakes. 

For the technical, most of the bakers had never heard of a pond pudding, which sees and entire lemon encased in suet pastry, leaving some viewers less than impressed.

One user wrote: 'Is it just me or has the standard of the bakers this year had not been as good as previous years?'

One user wrote: ‘Is it just me or has the standard of the bakers this year had not been as good as previous years?’

Contestant Lottie was told her batch looked 'terrible' by judge Paul as the contestants exotic creations failed to meet the mark

Contestant Lottie was told her batch looked ‘terrible’ by judge Paul as the contestants exotic creations failed to meet the mark

Pictured: Judge Paul Hollywood breaks a cake as he touches it

Pictured: Judge Paul Hollywood breaks a cake as he touches it 

Pictured: Mak's mango and cumin florentines

Pictured: Mak’s mango and cumin florentines 

Viewers have described the signatures as 'sub standard' and said there were 'mass failings on the technical'

Viewers have described the signatures as ‘sub standard’ and said there were ‘mass failings on the technical’ 

Users have taken to social media to voice their dismay at the show this year after a string of botched bakes including the brownies

Users have taken to social media to voice their dismay at the show this year after a string of botched bakes including the brownies 

Judge Prue admitted that 'Sussex pond pudding is my absolute favourite pudding and they made a complete mess of it', as viewers said bakers were not up to standards

Judge Prue admitted that ‘Sussex pond pudding is my absolute favourite pudding and they made a complete mess of it’, as viewers said bakers were not up to standards

For the technical, most of the bakers had never heard of a pond pudding, which sees and entire lemon encased in suet pastry, leaving some viewers less than impressed

For the technical, most of the bakers had never heard of a pond pudding, which sees and entire lemon encased in suet pastry, leaving some viewers less than impressed

Almost all of the puddings collapsed and started leaking, and by the time they were ready for judging some of them were in pieces. 

Judge Prue admitted that ‘Sussex pond pudding is my absolute favourite pudding and they made a complete mess of it’, after the challenge. 

A few of the bakers also failed to impress judges with their cheesecakes, with Peter’s lime and ginger creations sinking in the middle. 

During 80’s week, Laura forgot to turn her ice cream machine on, resulting in a melting, lopsided cake. 

Bake Off fans were also left disheartened during chocolate week on episode 4 when all contestants botched a batch of brownies.  

Some of the standout bakes from previous years include season nine fan-favorite Kim-Joy's Lavender and Lemon curd fox cake showstopper

Some of the standout bakes from previous years include season nine fan-favorite Kim-Joy’s Lavender and Lemon curd fox cake showstopper

The Bake Off page joked at the state of the pond puddings which all collapsed

The Bake Off page joked at the state of the pond puddings which all collapsed

Contestant Lottie was told her batch looked ‘terrible’ by judge Paul as the contestants exotic creations failed to meet the mark. 

Lottie said: ‘We’ve all tried to make it harder than it needed to be’ as she realised what they had done wrong. 

Paul added that her brownies looked like they had been ‘dropped’ as the challenge proved to be a miss for all the bakers.   

Cakes throughout the series have also been criticised by viewers, as contestants had to make celebrity hero cake busts, which went a bit wrong, like Mark’s chocolate and orange Ziggy cake. 

Contestant Lottie was told her batch looked 'terrible' by judge Paul as the contestants exotic creations failed to meet the mark

Contestant Lottie was told her batch looked ‘terrible’ by judge Paul as the contestants exotic creations failed to meet the mark

Linda's caged tart failed to meet the standards (pictured), as her cage broke leaving her going home at the end of the episode

Linda’s caged tart failed to meet the standards (pictured), as her cage broke leaving her going home at the end of the episode 

One viewer wrote: ‘These cake heads are TERRIFYING’. 

Linda’s caged tart failed to meet the standards, as her cage broke leaving her going home at the end of the episode. 

During Japanese week Lottie created a toadstool cake for her Kawaii showstopper, but despite its odd look she won star baker that week.   

On bread week in episode 3, the bakers were asked to create a large decorative bread plaque for the showstopper.

This was to be in the style of a traditional harvest festival sheaf and should portray the one thing in life they are most grateful for. 

On bread week in episode 3, the bakers were asked to create a large decorative bread plaque for the showstopper, but viewers kept comparing it to the bread show stopper in 2015

On bread week in episode 3, the bakers were asked to create a large decorative bread plaque for the showstopper, but viewers kept comparing it to the bread show stopper in 2015 

But viewers were left recalling a spectacular bread creation from the 2015 season where baker Paul created a 'King of the Jungle' creation

But viewers were left recalling a spectacular bread creation from the 2015 season where baker Paul created a ‘King of the Jungle’ creation  

But viewers were left recalling a spectacular bread creation from the 2015 season where baker Paul created a lion, with this year’s contestants failing to outshine it.   

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