The most popular show on TV: The Great British Bake Off.
Newcomer judge Prue Leith accidentally tweeted the winner’s name before the final aired last month but the show, the culmination of the first series since its controversial move from the BBC to Channel 4, still attracted 8.9 million viewers.
As a nation, it seems we can’t get enough of soggy bottoms.
The much-loved series may be over for another year, with winner Sophie Faldo dusting the icing sugar off her apron after 10 weeks in the tent, but you can still get your cake fix thanks to this new book.
Journalist and Bake Off mega fan Anita Singh has written The Story Of The Great British Bake Off: A Celebration Of A National Obsession in homage to the series.
A magnum opus of all things GBBO, it tracks the highs and lows of the show since its inception in 2010.
For fans, it’s a must-read. The detail Singh goes into is encyclopedic. But those who couldn’t care less about cake are best leaving it in the (proving) drawer.
Packed with facts, quotes and anecdotes from past and present Bake Off stars, as well as those who help to create it, the book begins with the story of stalwarts Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
They were both relatively unknown before the show started, the former a semi-retired cookery writer and the latter a blue-eyed bread baker.
But the duo became one of the most iconic pairings in television history. Singh charts their rise and rise with warmth and humour before turning her attention to presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
The latter admits she almost turned down the job for fear the show would be boring. Oh how wrong she was.
It has now been broadcast in more than 200 countries and won more than 12 awards, including three Baftas. And despite a national outcry when Bake Off was bought by Channel 4 last year, new faces Prue, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig ensured the recent run was as good as ever.
Singh tells the story of each series in turn.
Ever wondered what happened to heart-throb Selasi Gbormittah from series seven or Jo Wheatley, winner of season two? There is even scandal, lest we forget “Bingate” from season five when Diana Beard removed Iain Watters’s baked alaska from the freezer, forcing him to present Paul and Mary with the bin containing the melted pudding.
Then there are the best ever Bake Off bakes, including series seven winner Candice Brown’s cake in the shape of her parents’ pub and Nadiya Hussain’s fizzy pop cheesecake in series six.
Singh also includes plenty of the show’s trademark innuendo, telling readers to “stop touching your dough balls” or to “stand away from your hot baps”.
As colourful and sparkling as the show itself, The Story Of The Great British Bake Off is the perfect sugar fix until the next series starts.