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The best & worst bites of Bake Off; AS CAKE SHOW REACHES THE FINAL HERE ARE..

Byline: MARK JEFFRIES reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

ON your marks, get set, bake! Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will say these words for the last time this series as The Great British Bake Off reaches its first final on Channel 4. Despite fans' despair when the baking contest left the BBC, up to eight million viewers watched it this year.

As Kate Lyon, Steven Carter-Bailey and Sophie Faldo battle to be crowned the best baker tonight, we recall the most memorable moments from this season.

Great British Bake Off final, Channel 4, tonight, 8pm.

BEST CAKE Kate's Toffee and Apple Cake IT was quite early in the competition week four when Kate proved her potential.

Her showstopping Sticky Toffee Apple Cake was a winner, with Prue Leith declaring it "the best cake I've ever tasted". She even asked Kate for the recipe.

The cake is apparently a favourite with Kate's family on Bonfire Night and it certainly got "oohs" and "aahs" in the tent too.

BIGGEST CLANGER Kate drops her clanger cake BIGGEST clanger When Kate dropped a cake called the Clanger It wasn't quite bingate but Kate almost had to throw one of her bakes away which surely would have seen her get kicked out of the competition.

With five contestants left the tent was asked in the signature bake to make four Bedfordshire clangers which are similar to a pasty and were described as a 'forgotten bake' dating back from at least the 19th century.

Fielding quipped: "Don't look back in clanger."

When one of Kate's pastries fell, she prompted laughs at home saying: "I've dropped a clanger." Presenter Noel " Maybe this bake was better left forgotten

MOST CONTROVERSIAL BAKER Steven Carter-Bailey STEVEN has been one of the best contestants from the start, winning star baker three times. He even got through the semi-finals, despite his worst baking week of the series.

Some viewers are convinced things have been "fixed" for him to win.

They say they found photos of him making professional-looking cakes before the series got under way.

Viewers have suggested he was just too good to be in the competition and that the judges have favoured him over other contestants.

SADDEST MOMENT When Liam Charles left THERE is no question that Liam was the fans' favourite and the hopes of millions were resting on the 20-year-old to win the competition.

So when he left the contest before lessloved bakers like Stacey there were tears and anger from viewers, with some urging "justice for Liam" on Twitter.

Others felt Kate should have gone home that week after two consecutive weeks of questionable bakes.

programme in the future. He said: "Onwards and upwards. It's not the end of me, it's just the beginning.

But cheery Liam didn't seem too upset to get his marching orders and, cheeky as ever, promised he would return to the "I'm coming for Paul Hollywood's job in a couple of years."

MOST COMPLAINTS Noel hiding in the fridge OFCOM received 55 complaints after Noel Fielding was shut in a fridge for a short gag on Bake Off.

Some mums worried their kids would try to copy the stunt, even though you needed to remove all the racks to pull it off. The watchdog decided not to investigate Channel 4 or Noel.

programme, when younger children were least likely to be watching.

A spokesman said in a statement: "We assessed complaints that a scene in this programme was potentially dangerous and could be imitated by children.

"All fridges made after 1960 must include a mechanism to open the door from the inside."

"We found that the scene was very brief and occurred later in the WORST CHALLENGE Stroopwafel WITH nine contestants left, they were asked to make stroopwafel, a syrupy waffle from Holland containing oozy toffee caramel.

But the technical challenge was a complete disaster.

One by one, every baker presented a grainy mess sandwiched between two mediocre waffle-halves.

"This is pretty tricky judging this lot," said Paul Hollywood.

BEST HOST Noel Fielding WHEN he was announced by Channel 4 as a host, social media went into meltdown with many saying it was bad enough the show was moving from the BBC and now it was ruined.

But, starting off quietly and slowly growing into the role and messing around more, there is no doubt the bakers love Noel, pictured right with Kate, and Sandi Toksvig and now millions of the viewers do, too. The format and fun has survived.

BIGGEST RULE CHANGE Paul Hollywood VIEWERS were shocked during last week's semi-finals when Paul appeared to ditch the judging rule he's been using for eight years.

He was heard telling co-judge Prue and hosts Noel and Sandi he felt the contest was so tight, they needed to consider the bakes produced in previous weeks to decide who needed to go.

the show Paul claimed it was a little-used rule, but ardent fans claimed they had never seen it before.

It led to the departure of Stacey Hart, pictured.

That is something he has said he would never do. On 1ST HOLLYWOOD HANDSHAKE Sophie GETTING the seal of approval early on in the competition from Paul Hollywood is a confidence booster and a sign the contestant should be in for the long haul.

Steven was shown on screen getting the first Hollywood handshake but it emerged Sophie had one before him that didn't make the cut.

show. It was edited so it looked like Steven got the first one, but it was actually me."

This only added to the conspiracy theories that TV bosses favoured Steven.

She said: "I got the first Hollywood handshake on the MOST PHALLIC CAKE Julia's 'snail' loaf THE show is known for innuendo, but the moment that was nearest the knuckle came from a chunk of bread.

Julia Chernogorova had the nation in fits of laughter with a creation which included a countryside scene - complete with a an oddly phallic-shaped snail.

uttered, as he began to giggle. Host Sandi Toksvig added: "Is there something about the shape of the snail in particular?" Judge for yourselves from the picture above.

"That just looks inappropriate," said Julia, before she presented her bread sculpture to judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. "I like the snail", Paul

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