Great British Bake Off is off to a flying start, and there have certainly been some very memorable moments in this year’s socially distanced series so far. One being Laura Adlington’s Freddie Mercury cake, which gave viewers a huge giggle but left her dad worried the viral reaction would upset her.
Luckily, he was wrong and Laura was delighted that the multiple internet memes brought a smile to people’s faces.
The Channel 4 show tasked the 12 bakers to make a 3D cake depicting the face of their heroes during the Showstopper Challenge, where the contestants could really play to their artistic sides.
She chose to construct a lemon-and-elderflower treat of pop-band Queen’s famous frontman, in his yellow leather jacket from their 1986 Wembley show.
She came into some difficulty trying to balance Mercury’s head on top of his body, but with the help of fellow baker Sura, it just about stood the test of time.
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Laura didn’t win Star Baker, but Freddie sure did wow viewers who used every pun under the sun to describe the showstopper.
In a recent interview, she said: “The Freddie memes were hilarious!
“My dad called me the day after as he was worried I’d be upset, but it was the opposite.
“I loved hearing how it had given people a proper belly laugh,” she beamed.
It comes after the Gravesend girl revealed she suffered with anxiety and low self-esteem growing up, which left her “terrified” of appearing on TV.
“It’s not about looks. It’s just a kind, wholesome show about a bunch of normal people who like to bake!”
Recently, Laura found herself defending her honour and using her quick wit to hit back at cruel Twitter trolls who were questioning how she’s still in the competition after pal Lottie Bedlow was voted out.
The 31-year-old baker was saved by judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood on 5 November despite experiencing a slight kitchen nightmare with her ice cream cake.
Fans of the show flooded social media demanding how Laura managed to survive 80s Week, but she fought back.
One user scathed: “Why does Laura keep getting saved she doesn’t deserve to be there!”
Another mean tweet read: “Laura f***ing up and making YET ANOTHER mistake on the preview for next week’s episode. WHAT A SURPRISE.”
Laura replied: “It’s a preview. Maybe just keep your opinion to yourself until you watch it yeah.”
Someone else questioned: “How does Laura keep scraping through,” to which she responded: “I honestly don’t know mate. It really is a wonder.”
And as the final looms, has Laura got what it takes to be crowned queen of the tent this year?
Laura’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
Great British Bake Off continues tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.