Cake at the ready! The Great Comic Relief Bake Off is back

Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Jo Brand in the tent

Comedians Jo Brand and Ed Byrne will be joining kitchen legends Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in the Bake Off tent as 16 celebrities compete to be crowned “Comic Relief Star Baker”.

Jo and Ed will each host an episode of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off, as well as regular Great British Bake Off presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

The series, which will be broadcast on BBC One over four weeks, begins in February. There will also be a special episode of the BBC Two spin-off, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, which will be aired on Red Nose Day on Friday 13th March.

Each 60 minute episode will see four celebrity bakers put their signature, technical and showstopper bakes under the spotlight as they compete in the ultimate baking battle, all to raise as much cash as possible for Comic Relief. 

The series will also follow Ed Byrne as he visits a number of Comic Relief projects in Uganda to show how the money raised this Red Nose Day could help change lives.

Mary Berry said: “It was great fun working with all of the celebrity bakers. They gave it their all and although there were some baking catastrophes, some surprising hidden skills were revealed. 

“One thing for certain is that anyone can have a go at baking and it’s a great way to raise money for Comic Relief – and you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun!”