'Great British Bake Off' sends home first baker over bad buttercream

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Some of the bakers fell victim to the nerves of the tent. (Channel 4)
Great British Bake Off 2022 saw its first baker sent home from the tent. (Channel 4)

The Great British Bake Off saw first contestant Will sent home in Cake Week after struggling to make a successful buttercream.

The 45-year-old former charity director failed in his attempts to make swiss meringue buttercream for his signature sandwich cakes, and then split the buttercream for his showstopper home cake.

After host Matt Lucas announced he had been eliminated Will said: "Somebody's got to go first and obviously I'm disappointed but I'm proud to have made it.

The Great British Bake Off Will. (Channel 4)
The Great British Bake Off Will. (Channel 4)

"There's a lovely bunch of people I've met, I've got an experience I can talk about and share. I'm very proud."

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Will's signature ginger square sandwich cakes were branded "disappointing" by judge Prue Leith.

He told her: "My buttercream didn't work twice," to which Leith replied: "The curse of the tent."

Noel Fielding revealed that Will must live near him as he recognised his showstopper 'First London Home' cake, and said he thought it was "brilliant".

But Paul Hollywood told him he had overbaked every single one of his layered sponges.

The Great British Bake Off Maisam. (Channel 4)
The Great British Bake Off Maisam. (Channel 4)

Youngest contestant, 18-year-old student and sales assistant Maisam, narrowly escaped being sent home in the first week after producing a "dense and pudding-y" but delicious tasting lemon and blueberry showstopper.

She said: "I'm still here - I cant believe it! Next week I want to impress the judges and make myself proud as well."

Janusz was named Star Baker in Cake Week. (Channel 4)
Janusz was named Star Baker in Cake Week. (Channel 4)

And Polish head teacher's PA Janusz, 34, was named Star Baker after creating a rich and spicy chocolate Christmas cake in the shape of the block of flats where he grew up.

He said: "If I am Star Baker it will be like winning the competition because cake is my favourite. "

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He added: "I think my boyfriend will be really proud and he'll say, 'You can make cake and I told you you can make cake."

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