The Great British Bake Off (series 2)

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The Great British Bake Off Series 2
Joanne Wheatley.png
Jo Wheatley, winner of series 2
Presented by Mel Giedroyc
Sue Perkins
Judges Mary Berry
Paul Hollywood
Country of origin United Kingdom
Executive producer(s) Anna Beattie
Editor(s) Melissa Brown
Location(s) Valentines Mansion
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 14 August 2011 (2011-08-14) – 4 October 2011 (2011-10-04)
Preceded by Series 1
Followed by Series 3

In the 2011 series of The Great British Bake Off, twelve amateur bakers started the competition and they were gradually eliminated during each round of the contest. Unlike series 1, the competition was held in a single location - in the ground of Valentines Mansion, a 17th-century mansion house in Redbridge.[1][2] In addition to their on-screen presenting roles, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins also took over the narration of the show, which in series 1 had been done by Stephen Noonan. Series 2 also introduced the "star baker" award for the most impressive performer each week.

Three and a half thousand people applied for the competition, and 12 were selected. Each episode was filmed over two 14-hour days.[3] The competition was won by Joanne Wheatley.[4]

The Bakers[edit]

Baker Age
(on show)
(on show)
Ben Frazer 31 Graphic Designer Northampton
Holly Bell 31 Advertising executive Leicester
Ian Vallance 40 Fundraiser for English Heritage Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Janet Basu 63 Teacher of Modern Languages Formby, Liverpool
Jason White 19 Civil Engineering Student Croydon
Joanne Wheatley 41 Housewife Ongar, Essex
Keith Batsford 31 House husband Arlesey, Bedfordshire
Mary-Anne Boermans 45 Housewife Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Robert Billington 25 Photographer London
Simon Blackwell 31 Rugby Coach Norfolk
Urvashi Roe 40 Head of Marketing Enfield, London
Yasmin Limbert 43 Childminder West Kirby, The Wirral

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5 6 7[5] 8
Joanne Wheatley SB SB Winner
Holly Bell SB SB SB Runner Up
Mary-Anne Boermans SB Runner Up
Janet Basu SB OUT
Yasmin Limbert SB OUT
Robert Billington OUT
Jason White SB SB OUT
Ben Frazer OUT
Urvashi Roe OUT
Ian Vallance OUT
Simon Blackwell OUT
Keith Batsford OUT

Colour key:

     – Baker got through to the next round
     – Baker was eliminated
     – Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated.
     – Baker was the Star Baker
     – Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week, but did not win 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)
(Coffee and Walnut Battenberg)
(Tiered Cake)
Ben Rhubarb and Custard Cupcakes
After Dinner Cupcakes
2 Vanilla Sponge with White Chocolate
and Raspberry Buttercream
Holly Cherry Bakewell Inspired Cupcakes
Ginger Cupcakes with Fig Truffle
Ian Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes 10
Janet Raspberry and Cream Cupcakes 8 Chocolate Marble Cake
with Dark and White Chocolate Truffles
Jason Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes
Joanne Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
Orange and Cardamom Cupcakes
11 Chocolate and Strawberry Cake
Keith Earl Grey Cupcakes 12 Chocolate and Sour Cream Cake
Mary-Anne Banoffee Cupcakes 4 Chocolate and Raspberry Opera cake
Robert Blackberry and Vanilla Cupcakes
with Liquorice Frosting
3 Genoise Layered Mousse Cake
with Chocolate Ganache
Simon Guinness and Chocolate Cupcakes
with Baileys and Cream Cheese Frosting
9 Chocolate Courgette Cake
Urvashi Cherry Blossom Cupcakes
Japanese Lime Cupcakes
Yasmin Cardamom and Pomegranate Cupcakes 5

Episode 2: Tarts[edit]

Baker Signature
(Tarte au Citron)
(24 miniature sweet tarts)
Ben Chorizo, Pepper and Gruyere Cheese Quiche 1
Holly Pesto Quiche 4 Milk Chocolate and Pistachio Tarts
Trifle Tarts
Ian Stilton, Spinach and New Potato Quiche
with Paprika and Walnut Pastry
Janet Quiche Printanière with a Cheddar Cheese Crust 8 Red Fruit Tarts
Chocolate and Cherry Tarts
Jason Salmon and Pak Choi Quiche with a Sesame Seed Crust 3 Mint Chocolate Tarts
Blueberry Bakewell Tarts
Joanne Caramelised Onion, Gruyere and Thyme Quiche 10 Raspberry and Mascarpone Tarts with Lemon and Almond Pastry
Honey and Almond Tarts with Sweetcrust
Mary-Anne Roasted Cauliflower Cheese and
Caramelised Onion Quiche
9 Butterscotch Brulée Tarts in Pecan Pastry
Apple Rose Tarts
Robert Smoked Bacon and Kale Quiche 5 Chocolate, Fennel and Ginger Tart
Almond, Creme Patissiere and Poached Pear Tart
Simon Smoked Haddock and Watercress Quiche with Dill-flavored Crust 11 Passion Fruit and Ricotta Tarts
Salted Chocolate, Stem Ginger and Mascarpone Cream Tarts
Urvashi Crab, Coriander and Coconut Quiche 7 Strawberry and Basil Tarts
Elderflower and Honeycomb Tarts
Yasmin Smoked Haddock and Watercress Quiche 6 Chocolate and Orange with Cinnamon-Orange Pastry Tarts
Blueberry and Hazelnut with Hazelnut Pastry Tarts

Episode 3: Bread[edit]

Baker Signature
(Free Form Loaf)
(12 sweet and 12 savoury rolls)
Ben Walnut, Raisin and Rosemary Loaf 3
Holly Picnic Loaf 6 Stilton and Walnut Rolls
Ian Courgette, Caerphilly Cheese and Thyme Loaf 10 Walnut and Raisin Rolls
Cracked Wheat Logs
Janet Zupfe Loaf with Gruyère Cheese 8 Sage and Onion Buns
Jason Cheese and Onion Tear and Share Loaf 7
Joanne Mozzarella, Ham and Picante Pepper Stromboli 1
Mary-Anne Ploughman's Loaf 5 Herb and Walnut Breads
Chocolate and Chilli Buns
Robert Rye and Coriander Seed Loaf 4 Blueberry Brioche Rolls
Lemon and Poppy Seed Rolls
Urvashi Salt and Peppercorn Loaf 9 Chilli and Halloumi Rolls
Lemon and Coriander Mini Loaves
Yasmin Egyptian Dukkah Loaf with mixed spices 2 Coconut Sweetbread
Pesto Buns

Episode 4: Biscuits[edit]

Baker Signature
(12 Biscuits)
(Brandy snaps)
Ben Stem Ginger Nuts 5 Chocolate and Almond Macarons
Pine Nut Macarons
Pistachio Macarons
Holly Strawberry and Custard Melts 3 Caramel Macarons
Mint Chocolate Macarons
Chocolate Orange Macarons
Janet Christmas Marzipan Biscuits 4 Almond Macarons
Blackcurrant Macarons
Raspberry Macarons
Jason Lebkuchen 1 Mojito Macarons
Cranberry Cooler Macarons
Piña Colada Macarons
Joanne Lavender Biscuits 8 Blueberry Macarons
Coconut Macarons
Strawberry Macarons
Mary-Anne Melting Moments 2 Blackcurrant and Mint Macarons
Gooseberry and Elderflower Macarons
Hazelnut Macarons
Robert Chocolate and Ginger Oat Biscuits 7 Strawberry and Lime Macarons
Lemon Macarons
Chocolate and Cardamom Macarons
Yasmin Chocolate Chip and Pistachio Biscotti 6 Chocolate and Lime Macarons
Coffee and Walnut Macarons
Coconut and Pineapple Macarons

Episode 5: Pies[edit]

Baker Signature
(Family Pie)
(Miniature Pork Pie)
(Meringue Pie)
Holly Stilton, Potato and Caramelised Onion Pie 4 Lime Meringue Pie
Janet Chicken and Chestnut Pie 1 Rhubarb Meringue Pie
Jason Brown Down Chicken Pie 7 Plum Meringue Pie
Joanne Salmon and Asparagus Pie 6 Apple & Raspberry Meringue Pie
Mary-Anne Chicken and Bacon Pie 2 Midnight Meringue
Robert Chicken and Mushroom Pie 3 Rhubarb & Custard Meringue Pie
Yasmin Family Fish Pie 5 Peach & Raspberry Meringue Pie

Episode 6: Desserts[edit]

Baker Signature
(Baked Cheesecake)
(Chocolate Roulade)
Holly Father Christmas' Baked Cheesecake 3 Hansel and Gretel's Croquembouche
Janet Rhubarb and Ginger Baked Cheesecake 5 Orange, Vanilla and Nougatine Croquembouche
Joanne Rum and Raisin Baked Cheesecake 1 Limoncello and White Chocolate Croquembouche
Mary-Anne Tutti Fruitti Curd Baked Cheesecake 4 Orange and Praline Croquembouche with Cardamom Caramel
Yasmin Baked Amaretto Cheesecake 2 Rose Croquembouche

Episode 7: Patisserie[edit]

Baker Signature
(Baked and layered mousse cake)
(Iced Fingers)
(3 different types of pastries or croissants)
Holly White Chocolate, Hazelnut and Raspberry Genoise Mousse Cake 1 Apricot, Macadamia and White Chocolate Pinwheels
Almond Croissants
Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon Plaits
Janet Chocolate Amaretto Mousse Cake 4 Pain Aux Raisin
Plain Croissant
Pain Au Chocolat
Joanne Raspberry and Strawberry Mousse Cake 3 Pain Aux Raisin
Chocolate Twists
Banana and Raisin Pastries
Mary-Anne Chocolate and Orange Mousse Cake 2 Raspberry Rose Danishes
Praline Spirals
Alsatian Plaited Danishes

Episode 8: Final[edit]

Baker Signature
(12 Mille-feuille)
Holly Banoffee Inspired Mille Feuille 2 Strawberry and Cream Meringue Nest
Gooseberry and Elderflower 'Bakewell' Tarts
Neapolitan Ice-Cream Sandwich
Joanne Raspberry and Blueberry Mille Feuille 1 Mini Victoria Sandwiches
Raspberry, White Chocolate and Pistachio Mini Meringues
Mini Banoffee Pie with Banana Mousse
Mary-Anne Lemon and Ginger Mille Feuille 3 Summer Fruit Tarts with Elderflower Custard
Strawberry and Rhubarb Cheesecake
Blackcurrant Meringue with Everlasting Syllabub

Extras and Special Episodes[edit]

Both episodes 9 and 10 were Masterclasses by Paul and Mary where they demonstrated how to make the Technical Challenges that they had set throughout the series. Episode 9 showed the first four of the series; Coffee and walnut Battenberg, Tarte au Citron, Focaccia and Brandy Snaps. Episode 10 showed the last four of the series; Pork pies, Chocolate roulade, Iced fingers and Sachertorte. Episode 11 went back and revisited the bakers from Series 1 to catch up on what the contestants had being doing since they had been on the show.

Post show career[edit]

Some of the contestants went on to a career in baking or have a change of career as a result of appearing on the show.

Joanne Wheatley has written two best selling books on baking, A Passion for Baking, which was published on 16 May 2013 & Home Baking both of which were exclusive to Sainsburys.[3] She writes a monthly column for Sainsbury's' magazine and is a regular guest columnist for The Sun newspaper.[6][7] She runs cookery courses from her home details of which can be found at her blog Jo's Blue AGA.[8]

Holly Bell teaches baking classes and for a time worked as an occasional radio presenter on BBC Radio Leicester.[9] She wrote an eBook called Ready, Steady, Bake! which was published on 5 July 2012.[10]

Mary-Anne Boermans wrote of a book on baking, Great British Bakes: Forgotten Treasures for Modern Bakers, which was published on 7 November 2013.[11]


Episode Viewing figures from BARB.[12]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers BBC Two Weekly Ranking
1 16 August 2011 (2011-08-16) 3,101,000 2
2 23 August 2011 (2011-08-23) 3,535,000 2
3 30 August 2011 (2011-08-30) 3,818,000 1
4 6 September 2011 (2011-09-06) 3,602,000 1
5 13 September 2011 (2011-09-13) 3,833,000 1
6 20 September 2011 (2011-09-20) 4,253,000 1
7 27 September 2011 (2011-09-27) 4,419,000 1
8 4 October 2011 (2011-10-04) 5,062,000 1


Episode Airdate Total Viewers BBC Two Weekly Ranking
The Great British Bake Off Masterclass
1 6 October 2011 (2011-10-06) 2,324,000 6
2 13 October 2011 (2011-10-13) 2,138,000 9
The Great British Bake Off Revisited
20 October 2011 (2011-10-20) Below 1,790,000 N/A