Bake Off star Marc finds out if ‘concrete’ cake is enough to make semi-finals

Cornwall baker Marc Elliott has been eliminated from The Great British Bake Off after failing to impress the judges during dessert week.

The 51-year-old bronze resin sculptor did not perform well in any of this week’s challenges and one of his cakes was described as being like “concrete” by judge Paul Hollywood.

After being eliminated from the Bake Off tent, Marc, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2016, said: “I came to Bake Off to face my anxiety, to face failure, to face all those things that people are quite uncomfortable about dealing with.

“I’ve definitely learnt a bit more about myself.”

Hermine was named star baker, the second time she has earned the accolade this series.

Presenter Matt Lucas opened dessert week while hidden inside a giant cherry Bakewell tart.

The first task saw the judges asking the five remaining bakers to make 12 identical mini cheesecakes.

The base needed to be made from scratch and they were given two-and-a-half hours.

Hollywood said the quarter-finals stage meant contestants had to “take it up a couple of notches,” adding it was the first time in Bake Off history this stage of the competition had been filled with star bakers.

Lucas busied himself by suggesting Bake Off could be adapted into a Broadway musical, while co-host Noel Fielding introduced viewers to a wooden spoon named Andre, complete with a face drawn on.

The showstopper challenge tasked the bakers with making a jelly art design cake, a layered dessert. They were given four-and-a-half hours.

Marc opted to make an apple jelly with chocolate and strawberry mousse while Laura went for a “flower power” koi jelly art cake.

But his cake was overcooked and “like concrete,” according to Hollywood, and the jelly was “too rubbery”.

Finally, the judges delivered their verdicts on Hermine’s cake.

First impressions were good, with Hollywood describing it as “beautiful” and “absolutely gorgeous”. Leith agreed, describing it as “perfect” and a “real triumph”.

The showstopper success earned Hermine star baker but Marc’s failure led to his elimination.

Cornwall Live