Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith left in hysterics by dodgy attempts to make celebs out of cake

THE return of The Great British Bake Off saw a string of half-baked attempts at celebrity cakes.

Singers Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury and David Bowie and actress Lupita Nyong’o were among the contestants’ efforts in tonight’s first show.

But the results varied enormously, leaving judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas in hysterics at some of the dodgy busts.

Music teacher Rowan Williams, 55, of Worcestershire, produced a stunning recreation of 18th-century French queen Marie Antoinette.

But Paul, 54, and Prue, 80, were bewildered by 61-year-old Linda Rayfield’s take on Jamming singer Bob Marley.

A cake of David Bowie as Aladdin Sane also fell flat.

Even its creator Marc Elliott, 51, a sculptor from Cornwall, thought the blobby mess looked “more like Jabba the Hutt”.

Durham-based diagnostic radiographer Loriea Campbell-Clarey, 27, became the first to leave the show.

She baked a likeness of Jamaican poet Louise Bennett-Coverley.

And Edinburgh student Peter Sawkins, 20 — the youngest contestant on the 11th series — was named Star Baker following his stab at Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

A star is bun

First show review, by Rod McPhee

AFTER fears it might be a casualty of lockdown, Bake Off is back on our screens and raising spirits like a light sponge.

Kicking off with cake week — and the creation of sponge busts — was a genius move, but equally joyous was Matt Lucas replacing Sandi Toksvig.

The former Little Britain star effortlessly eclipsed his funnyman co-host Noel Fielding.

Talking Batchelor’s Super Noodles with baker Laura, he said: “I’m a homosexual so I have confirmed bachelor super noodles.”

One show into Series 11, Matt is already the best ingredient.

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