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What It's Like to Be a Stressed Out Baker on 'The Great British Baking Show"

By Tiffany White

After binging an entire season of The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake-Off, as its known in the U.K.), I'm always left wondering: why would an amateur baker put themselves through 10 weeks of stress, emotional torment, and melting ganaches if they weren't total masochists? Despite its quaint British charm, the reality competition show is no joke. Competing on the show is a full-time commitment, with many bakers losing money in the process. But hey, at least it's worth it to win that coveted trophy while gazing into Paul Hollywood's eyes, eh? 

But in case you were sitting at home thinking, "Hey, I can totally bake a Victoria sponge cake without dropping it on the floor," here's what it's like to be a contestant on the cutest emotional stress test on television.

1. Be prepared for a daunting audition process.

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If you want to show off your mad glazing skills when it comes to making mince-meat pies, first you'll have to fill out an eight-page application full of questions about your baking skills and background, along with pictures of your elaborate baking creations. If you make it past that round, you get a call from a producer. But the process doesn't end there.

"It's quite intense," 2017 winner Sophie Faldo told Vulture. "After that, I got a series of phone calls that followed up from the application. They ask you very technical questions, so you really have to know your stuff. The further it went along, if you didn’t have a basic knowledge of baking, they would know immediately and cut you. If you make it after the calls, then you finally go and bake in front of [the producers]. They want to ensure you can follow instructions and cope under pressure. It’s very intense, but an incredibly fulfilling experience. And then they offered me a spot. I said yes immediately."