In a survey last year, 54% of fans said they had lapsed from their diet because they were tempted to try out one of the cakes from the hit series.
Bake Off was voted Britain’s most fattening TV show, followed by Nigella Lawson and Masterchef. On the opposite end of the scale, Come Dine With Me was deemed least fattening, because viewers felt the dishes were so unappetising no-one would want to copy them.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the perennially slim Bake Off judge Mary Berry said she maintains her figure “with great difficulty”.
Talking about her role on the show, she said: “I know that if I were really quite big, people would look at me and say, well, that’s what happens if you eat cake. So I’m fairly disciplined and it is very difficult.”
As she’s sampling all of the bakes while filming, Berry says she restricts her diet elsewhere: “I make myself have one piece of toast at breakfast – I would like three. When I’m doing Bake Off, I always have soup every day for my lunch. I have lots of salads and things. It’s a matter of grasping the nettle and keeping it under control.”