Great British Bake Off 2022: Map reveals Bristol’s favourite cake as Channel 4 show returns

The 13th series of the Great British Bake Off is currently showing on Channel 4

You simply cannot sit down to an episode of Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off (GBBO) without grabbing a sweet treat to enjoy while you watch the show - it’s the law.

As the much-loved baking competition returns to small screens across the city, new research has revealed Bristol’s favourite cake.

The data comes from family-run online cake shop Cutter & Squidge who uncovered the most popular sweet treats across the country, and how our taste buds differ from region to region.

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It seems that the North West love to tuck into a soft Victoria sponge, while in the East Midlands the preference is for fruit favoured creations like a Derbyshire Bakewell tart.

But when it comes to a slice of the good stuff, Bristol and the South West are partial to a cheeky walnut and coffee cake, apparently.

The study shows that Bristolians are partial to a slice of walnut and coffee cake.

The sponge cake is made with additional coffee, usually instant or ‘camp’ coffee, along with walnut pieces. The cake is often filled with flavoured butter icing and topped with more butter icing and walnut halves.

Caramel cake is also a popular choice in our region - a strong option if you’re not into or can’t have coffee.

Bristolians also enjoy a super-sweet slice of caramel cake, according to the study.

Traditionally, this treat is made with layers of simple, homemade cake topped with creamy brown sugar caramel icing made on the stove with evaporated milk.

The study also found that 20% of people admit to eating cake every week with a further 25% saying they eat it 2-3 times a week.

Zingy lemon drizzle was universally popular across the country, while children enjoy themed cakes based on their favourite TV characters the most.

The research shows how our taste buds differ from region to region.

If that’s sparked your appetite and inspired you to dust off the baking utensils, you can find some great recipes on the Great British Bake Off website.

How to watch Bake Off 2022 on Channel 4

Series 13 of GBBO kicked off on Tuesday, September 13 at 8pm.

The show sees Britain’s best amateur bakers compete in the iconic white tent, all united in their aim to prove their baking skills and impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Episode 2 aired on Tuesday, September 20 with the next episode airing Tuesday, September 27 at 8pm.

Group Photo of bakers, presenters and judges from Great British Bake Off 2022 (L to R (back) Maisam, Syabira, Abdul, William, James, Sandro, Maxy, Kevin, Janusz, Dawn, Carole, Rebs (front) Noel Fielding, Prue Leith, Paul Hollywood, Matt Lucas)

You can watch the show on Channel 4 or stream it online for free on the All 4 website.

Fans of the show will remember Giuseppe Dell’Anno flying the flag (and winning) for Bristol last year, you can read an interview with him here.

Bryony May Williams, from Westbury-on-Trym, also put Bristol on the map when she appeared on the show in 2018 - read BristolWorld’s interview with her here.