The Great Festive Bake Off crowns winner in a close contest

Photo credit: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions - Channel 4
Photo credit: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions - Channel 4

From Digital Spy

Note: This article contains spoilers from The Great New Year's Bake Off, which aired last night (January 1).

The Great New Year's Bake Off has crowned its winner, after a close contest between former Bake Off stars.

Four former contestants went head to head in the second of two seasonal specials, and it was 2017 runner-up Steven Carter-Bailey who was named the winner.

Steven was up against 2016 winner Candice Brown, as well as 2015 runner-up Tamal Ray, and 2014 contestant Kate Henry.

Hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig were joined by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, and there was music from the London Gay Men's Chorus.

It was Steven's showstopper – an illusion cake which looked like a telephone on a desk with a notepad and cup of coffee – that really impressed, so much so that Paul gave him the first ever 'Hollywood Hug'.

Meanwhile, Candice made a huge red lip shaped cake and a matching lipstick, helping to fulfil the show's Bake Off Innuendo quota.

Bake Off co-host Sandi Toksvig couldn't help but pass comment, as seen at the start of this innuendo-laden supercut from the New Year special...

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Following the festive specials, plenty more Bake Off will be coming your way this year with a Stand Up to Cancer special series airing in the spring.

A number of famous faces will join the tent for the charity episodes, including Russell Brand, Rylan Clark-Neal, Caroline Flack and Georgia Toffolo.

Applications for series 10 of The Great British Bake Off are open now.

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