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Starts tonight, 8pm - Member of The Wirral Belles is contestant on BBC Two's ‘The Great British Bake Off’

Published: 16th August 2011 16:00

 Local mother and Wirral Belles WI member, Yasmin Limbert is one of twelve of the country's best amateur bakers to take part in the second series which starts 16th Aug

Over eight weeks their cake-baking, pastry, bread-making and patisserie skills are tested to the limit as they are challenged to bake everything from the perfect tarte au citron to towers of macaroons, and iced fingers to family pies.  All the challenges are devised by legendary cookery writer Mary Berry and acclaimed Master Baker Paul Hollywood who are also on hand to judge and taste their efforts.

Commenting on being part of the show Yasmin said "It's great being part of The Great British Bake Off but also surreal, I don't think it's going to hit me until I actually see myself on TV.  It was filmed a couple of months ago so now the excitement has started all over again.

In November 2010 Yasmin won the WI Cook of the Year competition at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham, on the back of her win Yasmin decided to apply for the Great British Bake Off.

"After winning the title of Women's Institute Cook of the Year, I felt inspired to enter something else.  Friends and family often say I should enter TV cookery shows but I've never felt that they were right for me.  When I watched last year's Great British Bake Off I couldn't believe I wasn't part of it so was determined to enter this year. 1,000's of people applied and I really didn't think I'd be in with a chance with such stiff competition; suffice to say I was delighted and shocked when I was told that I had got through!"

In the first episode, the bake off starts with the 12 amateur bakers challenged to make 24 beautifully flavoured and decorated cupcakes in two hours.  Sounds simple?  It's not.  In the highly pressurised surroundings of the Bake Off's open plan kitchen in the grounds of country estate Valentines Mansion, the stress soon shows.  But if they thought that was tough nothing prepares them for the technical challenge next - to make a coffee and walnut battenburg cake from one of Mary Berry's recipes.

Finally, for a place in the next round of Bake Off, they have to make and bake a tiered showstopper cake.  But whose cakes will have the wow factor and who will leave the Bake Off kitchen?


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