'Bake Off's' Kim-Joy hopes to combine baking with mental health career

Katie Archer

Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy brought Bonfire Night joy to TV viewers this morning with a typically cute cake.

The baking contest finalist became known during the series for her love of quirky animal designs, and did not disappoint when she brought in a cake to her interview on ITV’s Lorraine.


Kim-Joy marked Bonfire Night with a parkin cake covered in a fireworks design that included icing hedgehogs, and viewers loved her creation.

She told Lorraine: “Apparently animals don’t like Bonfire Night, so I thought I’d do some animals that do like it.”

The cake was obviously as delicious as it looked, because show host Lorraine couldn’t stop eating it throughout their interview.

Kim-Joy fans may be able to recreate some of her designs at home soon, as when asked about her post-Bake Off plans she said: “I would love to do a book with all the decorations and everything.”

Asked whether she was going to continue with her career as a mental health specialist, she said: “I really want to keep going with the baking and I’d love to combine it with [mental health] because baking is therapeutic.”

Bake Off fans saw Kim-Joy lose out on the baking crown to Rahul Mandal in the show’s final last week, where he also triumphed over third finalist Ruby Bhogal.

It was a dramatic series finale that included an outdoor cooking challenge, and saw Rahul have to start his Showstopper again when the extreme heat in the tent made one of his storage jars explode.

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