The hopefuls first have to create a sandwich cake, before having to follow Mary's basic recipe for angel food cake in the opening technical challenge. The showstopper round sees them creating a chocolate-based cake and is the final chance to avoid being the first to be eliminated from the competition.
The twelve remaining hopefuls see their bread-making skills being put to the test as they have to deal with three tasks. The start by having to make 36 perfectly thin and crispy bread sticks. The technical challenge sees them having to create a batch of English muffins, before ending with some show-stopping loaves. At the end of the show there is another elimination.
The eleven remaining hopefuls have their dessert-making skills judged. They first have to create a signature trifle combining biscuit, cake, jelly or custard in distinct layers. The technical challenge sees them having to create floating islands of meringues on creme anglaise, and then they must prepare 24 petits fours for the showstopper. At the end of the show there is another elimination.
The ten remaining hopefuls have to create pies and tarts this week. They start with signature double-crusted fruit pies, followed by custard tarts in the technical challenge and finish by making pies made with filo pastry for the showstopper. At the end of the show there is another elimination.
The remaining contestants are assessed how they deal with preparing biscuits and traybakes. The signature challenge throws up a variety of bakewells, banoffees and brownies, whilst creating French classic tuiles are the technical test. They then have to construct `biscuit towers' before there is another elimination.
The remaining hopefuls left in the competition face three tasks involving sweet dough. They start by making signature tea loaves and then face one of Paul's most fiendish technical challenges yet. They then have to create 36 sweet European buns in the showstopper round. At the end of the show there is another elimination.
The remaining contestants are given three tasks involving pastry. They begin by having to make the signature suet puddings. Mary's technical challenge sees them having to make choux buns filled with creme patissiere and topped with ganache. They finally have to create three different types of perfectly puffed pastries in the showstopper round. At the end of the show there is another elimination.
The five remaining contestants need to deal with unconventional flours and unusual desserts, starting by baking a signature loaf using non-traditional wheat flours. In this week's technical challenge they have to each create a gluten-free dacquoise before making dairy-free novelty vegetable cakes in the showstopper round.
The semi-finalists have to deal with three French challenges, starting by creating three types of savoury canapes in just two-and-a-half hours. In the technical challenge they each have to make a Charlotte Royale, before the showstopper round sees them bake opera cakes.
The three finalists have to each create a savoury picnic pie featuring a creative design and sides strong enough to be served out of the tin. They then need to create twelve perfectly shaped pretzels topped with orange zest and glaze, and finally, a three-tiered wedding cake. They then attend a summer garden party with their family and friends where this year's winner is announced.
Mary and Paul offer tips and tricks to get the perfect results at home. Mary creates whole orange cake and angel food cake whilst Paul' creates breakfast muffins and olive bread sticks.
Mary shows her family recipe for her 'Tipsy Trifle', floating islands and 'Wobbly Apricot Tart', whilst Paul makes custard tarts and spanakopita.
Mary and Paul offer more tips and tricks to get the perfect results at home. Mary shows her family recipe for ginger spiced traybake andalso makes tricky tuiles with chocolate mousse. Paul creates an iced tea loaf, sweet dough brioche tete and apricot couronne.
Mary and Paul offer more tips and tricks to get the perfect results at home.
Mary and Paul plan their Christmas in a festive masterclass. They share their favourite recipes for Christmas including Stollen, Mincemeat Streusel and a Gingerbread House that can be made with help from all the family.