Anneka Rice opens up on ‘absolutely mortifying’ Bake Off moment

Stacey Dooley discusses Great British Bake Off

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In scenes set to air on Tuesday evening, Anneka Rice, John Bishop, Nadine Coyle and Ade Adepitan will all take part in The Great Celebrity Bake Off Stand Up To Cancer. The celebs will compete against each other in a bid to impress the judges, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Matt Lucas. They will have to tackle decorative choux buns before making a showstopping cake that represents something from their bucket list. However, when it came to the Signature Bake, Anneka didn’t quite understand the concept.

Speaking ahead of the Channel 4 programme, Anneka explained she initially thought choux buns were like profiteroles.

“I didn’t get the memo it was a big bun,” she began. “I looked over at John Bishop and his buns were very, very big – and I thought, ‘Oh no, what have I done wrong?’

“I had to quickly make all my different-sized buns into an asset. I successfully convinced Paul that I’d made them that way on purpose, so luckily, I got away with that.

“I had a lot of problems around the piping. I’d never used a piping device before and the icing just oozed out everywhere in great, huge dollops all over the floor.”

She continued to Radio Times: “I was absolutely mortified that I’d made so much mess, so I spent most of one challenge just trying to clean the carpet.”

The TV presenter went on to discuss her baking skills and revealed her sons laughed at her when she told them she was taking part in Bake Off.

“I don’t bake at all,” she added. “When I told my sons I was doing Bake Off, they laughed for about two hours.

“The trouble is, baking is a very exact science – there’s an alchemy to the whole thing – and I’m disastrous.

“I also love the taste of cake mixture so I never manage to get a cake into the oven as I eat it raw.

“During the show, I thought I’d be able to tuck my way through all the mixture, but there was a Covid monitor. They wouldn’t allow us to dip our fingers into the bowl so I had to be very disciplined.”

Last week, Stacey Dooley, Jade Thirlwall, Katherine Ryan and KSI battled against each other in the kitchen, although, as expected things didn’t go very smoothly.

Comedian Matt caught TV presenter Stacey cheating as she admitted to copying what Katherine was doing.

For their second challenge, the celebs were given a number of ingredients and were given the task of making a cherry lattice pie.

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“Well, I’ll talk you through my process,” Stacey said to Matt as he listened intently.

“I sort of try to familiarise myself with the instructions,” Stacey continued.

“And then I look over at Katherine,” the presenter cheekily admitted.

Matt chimed in: “I’ll tell you what I like about that, it’s cheating.”

After the task was complete, things didn’t get any better for poor Stacey after her custard was blasted by Prue and Paul.

“You could put up wallpaper with that,” Paul critiqued.

In the end, it was Little Mix star Jade who finished in first place above her fellow famous contestants in the technical aspect.

The singer carried her fine form into the showstopper round, going on to be crowned Star Baker.

The Great Celebrity Bake for Stand Up 2 Cancer is available to stream on All 4.

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