We Finally Know What Happens to the Leftover Cake on the Great British Bake Off

published Dec 27, 2018
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Of all the joys associated with the Great British Bake Off — the lovable cast of bakers, the chemistry between new hosts Noel and Sandi — it’s the actual bakes that trump the rest.

Watching the bakers’ creations unfold is somehow both therapeutic and suspenseful. There’s only one downside: As beautiful as their baked goods might look, and while I completely trust Paul and Prue to be honest about the taste, I always end up wishing more than anything that I could try one of those beautiful cakes, and I mourn the loss of all the leftovers that must get wasted once the judging is over. Thanks to former contestant (and runner-up) Kim-Joy, we now know that all the baked goods that aren’t sampled by the judges do find a loving home.

During a recent appearance on the Big Fat Quiz of the Year, on which Noel is a panelist, Kim-Joy assured viewers that the bakers’ hard work isn’t thrown directly into the trash. It’s obvious from the judging process which cakes taste the best, and once the cameras stop rolling, the crew members eagerly gorge on the leftovers.

“The crew eats it. They’d know the best ones so they descend on them,” Kim-Joy tells the show’s host, Jimmy Carr.

Then Noel chimed in with his own slice of delicious behind-the-scenes gossip. Apparently, once the crew members have picked their way through the leftovers, Prue takes the remains home with her. But not for a late-night snack — for her, at least.

“Prue occasionally, if there are any cakes left over, takes them home for her pigs,” he confesses.

Keen-eyed viewers will also know that once judging is over and the bakers return to their seats, they will nibble on their own creations, especially because they’re usually required to make 12 of the same item, like breadsticks or biscotti. After the stress of the competition, it’s probably a relief to have a treat. If I had their skills in the kitchen, I’d do the same thing.