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How Queen Victoria really was partial to a Victoria sponge

Hot on the heels of the Bake Off finale, University of Warwick food historian Professor Rebecca Earle investigates the history of the Victoria sponge.

The Great British Bake Off. Episode ten: The Final

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant takes us through series 7 with an expert eye... Who was crowned champion? Who made a right pavlova of it? Oh... AND SHE'S WRITTEN A SONG ABOUT IT! 

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode nine: Patisserie

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. It's semi-finals week, which brings the loss of a favourite...

The Great British Bake Off. Episode eight: Tudors

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. Prepare thine lute and ruffle, and see which bakers escaped with their heads.

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode seven: dessert

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. It's getting tense in the tent, but who will get their just desserts?

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode five: pastry

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. She knows how to bake…well.

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode four: batter

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye… she’s flippin’ great.

Meet the Great British Bake Off contestants

The Great British Bake Off is back for another year this Wednesday on BBC One from 8pm. Twelve amateur bakers, including a pastor, a hairdresser, a nurse and an aerospace engineer are among those set to battle for the bake off crown.

David Smart’s blog: Last one to the bottom wins!

As a race we seem to be like the humble lemming, with the attitude: ‘let’s just jump right off that cliff and, when we do, the dumb-ass behind will just go on and jump right off after us’. Why is that? I’d love to know. 

David Smart’s blog: Graduation class of 2016

david smartYou will be leaving college/university very shortly, and I wanted to be the first to welcome you all the ‘baking business’ - the industry for which you have been studying over the last few years. It is where everything you have been taught within the classroom becomes commonplace within the trade.

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