Mel and sue on Bake Off 2016 so far…
what do you think of the bakers this year, ladies?
Mel: They’re a very, very nice bunch. So supportive of each other. We hope they don’t stay too supportive… Sue: … as that makes our job a bit defunct! They don’t need us when they’re so gelled. It’s when the
cracks show they need us most.
did you just say cracks?
Sue: Oh, stop. The hardest thing is resting double entendres after six years. Now we go for the single entendre, there’s no nuance.
Mel: I’ve started recycling mine.
How’s your own baking this year?
Mel: For the first time I’ve actually done some! I made a pineapple upside-down sponge, which was a bit of a hit with the crew. And Sue showed me how to make soda bread. Sue: I absolutely love making bread. It’s an amazing thing to get into – fun and a stress-reliever.
what fantasy showstopper would you bake for the judges?
Mel: I’d recreate the Leatherhead Leisure Centre – to include chocolate, biscuit and dried cherries. Sue: Something based on Paul’s ego – so it would have to be something very big – then I’d donate it to a worthwhile cause.
You taste cake for 10 weeks. do you need to go on a detox?
Mel: Nah. I go mad in the last few episodes as I worry I might not see cake for a while. Sue: Cake detox doesn’t work for me at all. I eat a light coverage of cakes throughout the year so my body doesn’t go into cake breakdown. Then it’s ready every April for when we start filming.
it’s fair to say the judges would beat you in a baking contest. what would you beat them at?
Sue: Public nudity. I excel at it.
Mel: Netball. No – whist. We’ve been playing in the green room and I reckon we could beat Mary and Paul hands down.