The Great Australian Bake Off

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The Great Australian Bake Off
Genre Baking, cooking
Written by Mark O'Toole (2013)
Presented by Shane Jacobson (2013)
Anna Gare (2013)
Maggie Beer (2015)
Matt Moran (2015)
Judges Dan Lepard (2013)
Kerry Vincent (2013)
Opening theme "Build Me Up Buttercup" by Mike d'Abo & Tony Macaulay
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Lara Hopkins (2013)
Producer(s) Euan Jones (2013)
Leigh McSwan (2013)
Dana Michell (2013)
Editor(s) Anthony Cox (2013)
Location(s) Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee, Victoria, Australia
Cinematography Sam Collines (2013)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions (Original series)
FremantleMedia Australia (Revival series)
Original channel Nine Network (Original series)
LifeStyle Food (Revival series)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run Original Series
9 July 2013 - 27 August 2013
Revival Series
2015 – present
Related shows The Great British Bake Off
External links

The Great Australian Bake Off is an Australian cooking television series based on the BBC baking competition. The series first premiered on Nine Network, airing from 9 July 2013 till 27 August 2013, and saw Nancy Ho win.[1][2] On 1 April 2015 it was announced that the series had been picked up by pay television channel LifeStyle Food. Unlike the first season, the second season will be hosted by Maggie Beer and Matt Moran and produced by FremantleMedia Australia.[3]


The show consists of 8 episodes, where each episode targets a specific style/theme of baking, for example one episode is pastry, one is biscuits. Within each episode there are 3 bakes each baker must complete within the episode;

  1. The Signature Bake – this is a bake, the baker considers to be their signature bake based on the bake requested.
  2. The Technical Bake – this is a bake where the bakers are given a recipe which is incomplete in details (missing complete instruction, recipe weights, technique etc.) in order to see how knowledgeable the bakers are in their craft. Unlike the other 2 bakes, this bake is blindly judged, whereby the judges rank their perceived worst to best bake in order without knowing which baker baked what.
  3. The Showstopper – this is a bake that integrates deliciousness with a WOW factor (generally high end presentation and skill displayed).

At the completion of the 3 bakes, the judges deliberate on which baker of the ones remaining gets eliminated, and which baker was the stand-out baker naming that stand-out the "Baker of the week".

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

The Bakers[edit]

Baker Age Occupation State
Bliss Nixon 23 Trivia Host QLD
Brendan Garlick 21 Uni Student NSW
Jonathan Gurfinkel 35 I.T. Guy VIC
Julie Bonanno 41 Farm Mum VIC
Maria Vella 45 Workplace Trainer VIC
Mark Bartter 52 Chartered Accountant NSW
Monique Bowley 30 Former WNBL Star SA
Nancy Ho 22 Architecture Graduate QLD
Sara-Jane Smith 30 School Teacher VIC
Steve Lovett 28 Boxer ACT

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Baker 1[4] 2[5] 3[6] 4[7] 5 6 7 8
Nancy SB WIN
Maria SB SB Runner Up
Jonathan SB SB Runner Up
Monique SB OUT
Brendan OUT
Julie SB OUT
Mark OUT
Sara-Jane OUT
Bliss OUT
Steve OUT

Colour key:

     – Baker got through to the next round
     – Baker was eliminated
     – Baker was the Star Baker
     – Baker was the series runner-up
     – Baker was the series winner


     Baker eliminated      Star Baker      Winner

Episode 1: Cakes[edit]

Baker Signature
(24 Cupcakes)
(Chocolate & Orange Checkerboard Cake)
(Children’s Party Cake)
Bliss White Chocolate & Passionfruit Cream Cupcakes
Flourless Choc Hazelnut Cupcakes
5 Princess Cake
Brendan Raspberry Marshmallow Cupcakes
Peanut Butter Rocky Road Cupcakes
3 Flavoured Rainbow Cake
Jonathan Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes
Banana & Peanut Butter Cupcakes
6 3D Rocket Cake on Carved Half Moon
Julie Pistachio & Rosewater Cupcakes
Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes
7 Honey Hive Cake
Maria Coffee, Chocolate & Hazelnut Cupcakes
Passionfruit Cupcakes with White Choc Ganache
2 Magical Butterfly Garden Raspberry Ripple Cake
Mark Rose-Flavoured Buttercream Swirl Cupcakes
Orange & Grapefruit Curd Cupcakes
10 Chocolate Mud Cake with Plum Syrup
Monique Vanilla & Rosewater Butterfly Cakes
Chocolate & Lemon Curd Cupcakes
4 Pool Cake
Nancy Lemon Filled Lavender Cupcakes
Vietnamese Coffee Cupcake with Cinnamon Doughnuts
1 Ballerina Pillow Banana Cake
Sara-Jane Coconut Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream
Spiced Chocolate & Pear Cupcakes
8 “Very Vanilla” Rainbow Cake with Homemade Sprinkles
Steve Flourless Orange, Linseed, Sunflower Seed & Almond Cupcakes
Coffee & Whisky Cupcakes
9 Banana Sandstone Castle Cake

Episode 2: Pies[edit]

Baker Signature
(Family Pie)
(Lemon Meringue Pie)
(36 Party Pies, Sausage Rolls & Pasties)
Bliss Chicken Leek & Bacon Pie 9 Beef & Bacon Party Pies
Pork, Apple & Fennel Sausage Rolls
Spicy Curry Pasties
Brendan Thai Chicken Pie 2 BBQ Chicken & Cheese Pies
Satay Pork Sausage Rolls
Beef & Bean Pasties
Jonathan Garlic Prawn, Fish & Rice Pie 1 Chicken Kiev Party Pies
Layered Lamb Moussaka Pasties
Pumpkin & Ricotta Sfogliatelle
Julie Moroccan Lamb & Sweet Potato Pie 6 Salmon & Fennel Party Pies
Curried Coriander Potato Pasties
Chicken, Bacon & Sundried Tomatoes Sausage Rolls
Maria Aromatic Braised Beef Pie 5 Chicken & Apple Cider Pies
Spiced Samosa Pasties
Chicken & Sage Sausage Rolls
Mark Cheese & Onion Pie 8 Shredded Pork Pies
Potato & Cauliflower Empanadas
Argentinian Beef Pampas Rolls
Monique Chicken, Herb & Mushroom Pie 4 Mini Shepherd’s Pies
Cornish Pasties
Classic Sausage Rolls
Nancy Lamb Shank & Potato Pie 7 Smoky Chorizo Sausage Rolls
Pumpkin & Feta Pasties
BBQ Pork & Whisky Pies
Sara-Jane Rabbit, Leek & Pistachio Pie 3 Mushroom Bourguignon Pies
Cauliflower Cheese Pasties
Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Episode 3: Biscuits[edit]

Baker Signature
(24 Aussie Assortments)
(Brandy Snaps)
(Gingerbread Structure)
Brendan Butterscotch ANZAC Biscuits
Lemon Myrtle Biscuits with Lemon Butter Cream
2 Sydney Harbour Bridge at NYE
Jonathan Chocolate & Caramel Oat Biscuits
Chocolate Wagon Wheels
7 Giant Monster Robot
Julie Macadamia, Mango & Passionfruit Shortbread
Chocolate Mint Yo-Yos
1 Outdoor Dunny
Maria Mango Macadamia Melting Moments
Mint Marshmallow Swirl Biscuits
6 Eiffel Tower in Bloom
Mark Australian Royal Mint Slice
Bitter Almond ANZAC Biscuits
5 High Country Hut
Monique Choc Coconut Macaroons
ANZAC Biscuits
3 Gingerbread Church
Nancy Chocolate & Raspberry Wagon Wheels
Earl Grey Shortbread
4 Gingerbread Carousel
Sara-Jane Cornflake Catastrophe Cookies
Fizzing Mandarin Creams
8 Wintry Village

Episode 4: Tarts[edit]

Baker Signature
(Tarte Tatin)
(Quiche Lorraine)
(12 Miniature Sweet Tarts)
Brendan Peppered Pineapple Tarte Tatin 1 Passionfruit Cream Tarts with Toffied Macadamias
Chocolate Tarts with Raspberries & Mint
Jonathan Lamb Tarte Tatin 2 Chocolate Tarts with Hazelnut Frangipane
Lychee Tarts with Macadamia Praline
Julie Banana & Pineapple Tarte Tatin 5 Passionfruit Mango Tarts
Peanut Butter Chocolate Tarts
Maria Jackfruit & Banana Tarte Tatin 6 White Chocolate, Mango & Raspberry Tarts
Jaffa Tarts with Orange Liqueur
Mark Apple, Raisin & Almond Tarte Tatin 4 Nectarine & Lemongrass Tartlets
Chocolate Cream Tartlets
Monique Apple Tarte Tatin 7 Strawberry Cream Tarts
Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tarts
Nancy Rum Spiced Caramel & Pineapple Tarte Tatin 3 Chocolate Marshmallow Tarts
Coconut & Orange Liqueur Tarts

Episode 5: Bread[edit]

Baker Signature
(Free-Form Loaf)
(Coffee Scroll)
(Display Bread Basket + 24 Rolls)
Brendan Rhubarb & Pink Lady Apple Bread 5 Pumpkin & Gorgonzola Rolls
Pecan Buns
Jonathan Cinnamon & Poppy Seed Bread 1 Sausage & Sauerkraut Rolls
Whisky & Chocolate Iced Rolls
Julie Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf 4 Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
Carrot & Cumin Rolls
Maria Spinach & Feta Cheese Braid 2 Orange & Walnut Rosettes
Mini Pesto Parmesan Spiral Loaves
Monique Spiced Fruit Cider Bread 6 Coconut Iced Sweet Buns
Cheesymite Scrolls
Nancy Dukkah & Macadamia Plaited Loaf 3 Mexican Coffee Buns
Porcini, Truffle & Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Episode 6: Desserts[edit]

Baker Signature
(Baked Cheesecake)
(Layered Pavlova Torte)
(Tiered Celebration Cake)
Brendan White Chocolate & Brownie Cheesecake 5 Live Laugh Love 21st Birthday Cake
Jonathan Cherry & Polish Cottage Cheese Cheesecake 3 Wedding Anniversary Cake
Maria Honey, Orange Blossom & Rose Cheesecake 4 Red Velvet Engagement Cake
Monique Lemon & Sour Cream Cheesecake with Fresh Blueberries 1 Ombre Wedding Cake
Nancy Lime & Ginger Cheesecake 2 Orange Blossom Kokeshi Doll Cake

Episode 7: Pastry[edit]

Baker Signature
(Gluten-Free Fruit Tart)
Jonathan Strawberry Crème Brûlée Tart 3 Apple, Pear & Walnut Strudel
Maria Spiced Raspberry Linzer Tart 1 Spiced Fig & Apple Strudel
Monique Honey, Fig & Goat’s Cheese Tart 4 Apple Strudel
Nancy Walnut, Gorgonzola & Pear Tart 2 Pear & Chocolate Celebration Wreath

Episode 8: Finale[edit]

Baker Signature
(Multi-Layered Gâteau)
(La Religieuse)
(36 Petits Fours)
Jonathan Raspberry, Walnut & Praline Layered Meringue 1 Pistachio Crusted Choux Puffs with Turkish Delight
Hungarian Dobos Torte
Macadamia Tuile Cones with Strawberry Cream & Coconut Ganache
Maria Chocolate Sponge Gâteau with Choc-Cherry Mousse 2 Mini Lemon Cream Tartlets
Toffee Cream Choux Puffs
Raspberry Brûlée Custard Tarts
Nancy Passionfruit Sponge with Chocolate Caramel Mousse 3 Earl Grey & Lavender Opera Cake
Lemon Tart with Candied Cumquat Tuile
Lychee Rose Mini Choux Nuns


Season 1 (2013)[edit]

Episode Original airdate Viewers
(in millions)
1 "Cakes" 9 July 2013 1.119 5 [8]
2 "Pies" 16 July 2013 1.089 5 [9]
3 "Biscuits" 23 July 2013 0.994 9 [10]
4 "Tarts" 30 July 2013 0.722 15 [11]
5 "Breads" 6 August 2013 0.675 15 [12]
6 "Desserts" 13 August 2013 0.692 13 [13]
7 "Pastry" 20 August 2013 0.622 18 [14]
8 "Finale" 27 August 2013 0.760 13 [15]


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