After baking cakes in the Cotswolds, the amateur cooks head for Perth, where they are challenged to bake biscuits, scones and petit fours with meringues, choux pastry and macaroons. Next up is a trip to Kent, where the remaining contestants try to bake the perfect loaf of bread. The fourth round comes from Derbyshire, where the five remaining challengers try to reinvent classics such as peach and blueberry, sticky toffee, and rhubarb and orange Betty puddings. Their pastry making skills are then put to the test in Cornwall, and in the final round of the competition, the three remaining contestants head for Fulham Palace in London for the grand final, where they are challenged to host a 19th-century-style tea party.
In the first of 11 new editions, 12 competitors are challenged to make 24 decorated cupcakes in less than two hours, before being asked to bake a coffee and walnut Battenberg cake. As the series continues, the remaining contestants create a quiche that reflects their personalities, test their bread-making skills, make biscuits, create pork pies, rustle up cheesecake and chocolate roulade, and produce a dough capable of being used in three types of pastry or croissant. The final sees three competitors cooking for a street party attended by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, friends, family and former 'Bake Off' contestants. As the series draws to a close, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood give two baking masterclasses. In the first one, Mary prepares a coffee and walnut Battenberg, a tarte au citron and brandy snaps, while Paul makes traditional Italian flatbread. In the second masterclass, Mary and Paul create pork pies filled with pork loin and quail's egg, chocolate roulade, traditional iced fingers and sachertorte. The final episode catches up with bakers who competed in series one to see what they are doing now.
The bakers are challenged to make an upside down cake, prove their bread-making prowess, tackle three types of tart, make a show-stopping layered meringue and create hand-raised pies.
As the contest unfolds, the hopefuls must bake a sandwich cake, prepare a batch of English muffins, create floating islands of meringues on creme anglaise and make double-crusted fruit pies.
In Series 5, the amateur cooks are challenged to come up with a selection of cakes, breads, biscuits and desserts and create three-dimensional scenes made entirely from biscuits.
In Season 6, the contestants are challenged to make a Madeira cake, Italian biscotti, baguettes, a three-tiered cheesecake stack, dairy-free ice-cream, vol-au-vents and sponge fingers.