Bake Off fans hail Sura 'a queen' after dramatic opening episode

Bake Off fans hail Sura ‘a queen’ after opening episode saw her crafting a napping David Attenborough, walking her pet cat on a lead AND ‘pineapple upside-down cake gate’

Series 11 of The Great British Bake Off got off to a dramatic start on Tuesday night, with a Freddie Mercury disaster, accusations of sabotage and pineapple upside-down cakes which ended up… upside down.

And after 90 minutes a firm fan favourite has emerged – 31-year-old pharmacy worker Sura.

Sura was at the centre of the premiere episode’s most dramatic moment, when she accidentally knocked fellow baker’s Dave’s technical bake onto the floor seconds before judging, but despite the disaster fans were out in force on Twitter supporting the chaotic contestant.

Iconic: Series 11 of The Great British Bake Off got off to a dramatic start on Tuesday night and after 90 minutes a firm fan favourite has emerged – 31-year-old pharmacy worker Sura

Even Sura’s introduction caused a plethora of tweets, as her home video showed her walking her pet cat Ghost near her London home.

‘Sura walking her cat on a lead… I will die for Sura from the Great British Bake Off tent,’ gushed one already-loyal fan. 

The Signature Bake challenge saw the bakers puts their own spin on a Battenberg cake, but Sura wasn’t exactly enamoured by the choice of cake for the first task. 

Fans: Sura was at the centre of the premiere episode’s most dramatic moment, but despite the disaster fans were out in force on Twitter supporting the chaotic contestant

New presenter Matt Lucas casually asked her if she was a fan, prompting Sura to pull a face before launching into a rant about her hatred of… cake.   

‘I’m so over cake, I don’t want to eat anymore cake ever again,’ she told a flabbergasted Matt. 

The moment of the show though came with the Technical challenge, with the bakers tasked with recreating Paul Hollywood’s six mini pineapple upside-down cakes. 

Queen: Even Sura’s introduction caused a plethora of tweets, as her home video showed her walking her pet cat Ghost near her London home

All was going swimmingly for Sura until it came to the transfer from baker’s bench to the judging table.

Spotting a fly perching on her creations, she started to swat the creepy crawly away, only to accidentally knock contestant Dave’s baked goods onto the floor.  

‘I’m so sorry. Oh my god. I’m so sorry there was a fly, I went to shoo it away and I knocked it’, a devastated Sura told her grim-faced rival. 

Disaster! Spotting a fly perching on her creations, she started to swat the creepy crawly away, only to accidentally knock contestant Dave’s baked goods onto the floor

Tears in the tent: Bursting into tears, Sura was comforted by Matt and Noel Fielding but was still unable to raise a smile even when she was declared the winner of the Technical challenge

TV gold: While some labelled the incident ‘sabotage’ others felt for Sura with one tweeting: ‘I completely relate to Sura here. Mistakes happen’

Bursting into tears, Sura was comforted by Matt and Noel Fielding but was still unable to raise a smile even when she was declared the winner of the Technical, wailing ‘it’s bitter sweet.’

While some labelled the incident ‘sabotage’ others felt for Sura with one tweeting: ‘I completely relate to Sura here. Mistakes happen and I guess they truly were pineapple “upside down” cakes. Already love this year’s bakers’.

‘Absolutely obsessed with Sura completely decking Dave’s cakes out of his hands. PURE drama #GBBO,’ added another. 

Star of the show: ‘Absolutely obsessed with Sura completely decking Dave’s cakes out of his hands. PURE drama #GBBO,’ added another

Wow: There was more Sura-drama to come though as the final Showstopper challenge saw the homebakers asked to recreate a bust of their hero in cake 3D cake form

Superfan: While many opted for music idols such as Freddie Mercury or David Bowie, Sura got to work crafting Sir David Attenborough’s likeness out of sponge

Icon: All was going well for the fan favourite until the bakers were told to leave their creations in the tent and go and wait for the judging outside

There was more Sura-drama to come though as the final Showstopper challenge saw the homebakers asked to recreate a bust of their hero in 3D cake form. 

While many opted for music idols such as Freddie Mercury or David Bowie, Sura got to work crafting Sir David Attenborough’s likeness out of sponge. ‘I LOVE Sura she’s so PURE,’ declared one delighted viewer on Twitter. 

All was going well for the fan favourite until the bakers were told to leave their creations in the tent and go and wait for the judging outside.

Sura gasped as she saw her Attenborough bust slowly collapse inside the tent before she broke into a run to try and save her Showstopper. ‘I never run,’ she said during the frantic jog. 

Over he goes: Sura gasped as she saw her Attenborough bust slowly collapse inside the tent before she broke into a run to try and save her Showstopper

To the rescue: . ‘I never run,’ she said during the frantic jog back into the tent

‘Sura ‘I never run’ – I hear ya girl, you see me running then you should run as well,’ agreed one fan.

The baker, who had minutes earlier helped Laura rescue her Freddie Mercury bust, managed to save her David with the help of some strategically placed piping bags, delivering the iconic line to Prue and Paul ‘he’s having a nap.’

‘This is a Sura stan account,’ decided one viewer as the closing credits rolled. ‘Already a big fan of Sura Queen,’ agreed another while some had even found their winner.  

‘Sura has good cakeside banter, caused mass drama in ep1, won the first challenge, was humble, and is therefore my 2020 winner !!!#GBBO,’ was the verdict of a new Sura superfan. 

Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4. 

Winner? As the closing credits rolled some had found their winner. ‘Sura has good cakeside banter, caused mass drama in ep1, won the first challenge, was humble, and is therefore my 2020 winner !!!’

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