Ever wondered how many eggs are used in the Great British Bake Off? (answer: LOADS) With the new series of the BBC hit baking TV series on screens now, we take a look at the maths behind everyone’s favourite cake show. Get ready to feel hungry…
6 - the number of series of GBBO. It started in 2010 on BBC2 and moved over to BBC1 two years ago, after which point its viewing figures doubled.
40 – the average age of this year’s 12 contestants, who include a fire fighter (Mat, 37) and a bodybuilder (Ugne, 32). The youngest contestant is Flora (19, below) and the oldest is Marie (66), who admits she struggled to boil an egg when she started baking a few years ago. We’re already gunning for Dorret (53) because she can tap dance and has a cool Dickensian name.
127 – the number of times we estimate someone will say the words ‘soggy bottom’ throughout the series. We reckon the top offender will be housewives’ favourite Paul ‘Dreamy Eyes’ Hollywood.
30 – the number of challenges the contestants will be set, all of which are new ones created by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Week one is cake week, and the first showstopper is Black Forest Gateau…chocolate, cherries and cream #retroclassic
1600 – the number of eggs used in the 2015 series. Coincidentally, this was also the number of people who applied to be in the show this year.
13.5 million – the number of people who tuned into to watch Nancy Birtwhistle win last year’s final
20 – the number of litres of milk used in this series. Which is nothing compared to the estimated 50 litres of cream…Contestants also used nearly 20 different types of flour including almond, hazelnut and quinoa.
8 – the number of times we estimate that Mary Berry will be wearing one of her trademark brightly coloured bomber jackets. Zara? Marks and Sparks? Who will be her favourite label this year…?
64,465 – the number of followers Ruby Tandoh, runner up of the 2013 series, has on Twitter (well, at the time we wrote this anyway). She also writes for The Guardian and has already had a book published, proving you don’t need to win to have a successful career once the TV series has finished.
36 – the number of kilos of chocolate used in the 2015 series. THIRTY-SIX KILOS. We’ll leave you with that thought…
The Great British Bake Off is on BBC1 at 8pm from Wednesday August 5th.