Great British Bake Off Celebrity Cake Busts


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Great British Bake Off Celebrity Cake Busts refers to cakes made as part of the showstopper challenge in Series 11, Episode 1 of baking competition show The Great British Bake Off. The bakers were tasked with making cakes that looked like the head and shoulders of a celebrity they admire. The resulting cakes were later mocked on social media, as most of the chefs had difficulty making accurate likenesses of their chosen celebrities. In particular, busts of Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Tom Delonge and Lupita Nyong’o attracted the most commentary.

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Series 11, Episode 1 of The Great British Bake Off aired in England on September 22nd, 2020, and September 25th, 2020 on Netflix. In the episode, the bakers’ 3rd and final challenge was to make cake busts of celebrities they admired, meaning they had to make a cake in the shape of the head and shoulders of a celebrity. Most of the bakers struggled to make accurate likenesses, resulting in some comical-looking cakes, particularly those meant to look like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Lupita Nyong’o, and Tom Delonge (shown below).


Yellow Toy Hermine's Ode to Lupita' Dave's "Three Flavours of Tom Delonge' Head Figurine Sculpture Cheek Statue Stone carving

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After the episode aired, the various cakes were mocked on social media. Many users made Skull Cow Can’t Hurt You jokes. For example, Twitter user @Mosborne93 posted the joke using pictures of the Bowie and Mercury cakes as well as cakes depicting journalist Louis Theroux and Bob Marley (shown below, left). User @rachieburn_ also posted a Skull Cow joke using busts of Theroux and David Attenborough (shown below, right).


Alex Morden Osborne @Mosborne93 Therapist: Alex, cake-based celebrity busts can't hurt you. They're not real! @BritishBakeOff #gbbo #GBBO THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF THE GREAT BRITISH RAMBle DA S #GBBO #GBBO 5:40 PM · Sep 22, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Nose Head Rachel Burn @rachieburn_ Therapist: Don't worry the celebrity bust cakes can't hurt you. The cakes: #GBBO AAAAA 's to Attenborough Face Head Nose Text Font Line

Other popular jokes about the cakes include a post by @bricklyrspice quoting Blink-182 with the Delonge cake, gaining over 390 retweets and 2,100 likes (shown below, left). Delonge himself joked about the cake on his Instagram page. User @JaimeBolton posted a 2020 joke using the Bowie cake, gaining over 390 retweets and 2,600 likes (shown below).


MEY YOU Adele @bricklyrspice hello there, the angel from my nightmare #GBBO AAAAA Strawberry Mint Sponge 4:38 PM · Sep 22, 2020 · Twitter Web App Face Cartoon Head Cheek Jamie Bolton @JamieBolton · Sep 22 Me before lockdown v me now #GBB0 Face Nose Cheek Skin Head Chin Forehead Neck Jaw Human

Jokes were covered by the Daily Dot and the cakes were ranked by Thrillist.

Various Examples


Sangita Lal @sangitalal · Sep 22 One of the most terrifying show stoppers on Bake Off. Ever. #GBBO #GreatBritishBakeOff ura's de to Attenborough a's ours of Jamaica' A Tribute to Miss Lou DARWIN. in-ger of the-Species by Charles Da Head Laura Bassett @LEBassett · Sep 27 All my friends on the zoom call in late-stage 2020 HD Face Head Nose Line Morgan Jeffery @morganjeffery I want to bake free. #BakeOff #GBBO HD > Freddie Mercury The Great British Bake Off Cartoon Nose Animation Animated cartoon Wear a Fucking Mask @W1gglyw1g · Sep 22 How do you do, fellow cakes? #GBBO musiC 4BAND > Face Head Jen Read @bobskeletOn · Sep 22 I cannot sleep, I cannot dream tonight #gbbo HURLEY AMBIGUOUS Tom DeLonge and 2 others Mark Hoppus Tom DeLonge Product Photography Hol O @hollierebekahx I can't. Lupita I am so sorry #GBBO 4:52 PM · Sep 22, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Lupita Nyong'o Black Panther II Michael B. Jordan People Human

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