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Bake Off stars unveil matching tattoos inspired by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

Nov 4, 2021

There are plenty of things you could take away from being a contestant on The Great British Bake Off. For some it might be an aversion or indeed an addiction to marzipan. For others it could be extra dental appointments after eating all your practice sugar sculptures.

But for Freya Cox and Lizzie Acker from the class of 2021, the answer was ankle tattoos, featuring a whisk and some elegant calligraphy!

And what made the gesture even more special was that it was Lizzie's sister Emily who did the artwork.

While Freya from North Yorkshire, the contest's first vegan baker, chose to pair her whisk with a simple 'gbbo', Lizzie, from Liverpool, decided to poke fun at her reputation for being messy with her inking.

In this week's episode the bakers had to create caramel tarts. But when the time came for the judges to taste Lizzie’s offering – which she named My Tart Will Go On – Prue remarked that it looked ‘rough and ready’, before adding that while the dessert didn’t have finesse, it was packed full of ‘delicious’ flavour.

That review sparked a response from the student, famed for her eccentric outfits and hairstyle and biting wit. Fans enjoy seeing her banter with judge and fellow Scouser Paul Hollywood.

‘No finesse, again. Flavour, no finesse,’ Lizzie said. The criticism clearly struck a chord, as Lizzie has revealed she has had the word engraved on her ankle!

In a video shared on TikTok, Lizzie took her followers through the process of having ‘finesse’ tattooed on the bottom of her leg, heading to the tattoo parlour with fellow Bake Off star Freya.

Fans of the cooking contest know that while Lizzie is still in the running to lift that coveted glass cake stand that serves as a trophy, Freya's hopes crumbled during German Week, making her the fifth baker to leave the tent.

She may not have made it to the final or earned a Hollywood Handshake, but as well as making new friends, young Freya's got a permanent reminder of the experience.

There was good news at the end of this week's show for Lizzie, when despite the pasting she'd got earlier for her pastry, the judges decided she had redeemed herself. Admiring the look of her showstopper domed caramel dessert, Paul said, ‘We asked for finesse and I think we’ve got it.’

With George bowing out – and possibly vowing never to eat caramel again – Lizzie's made it to the final five.

We think the smart money will go elsewhere when it comes to backing this year's winner. But if the cheeky car factory worker were to win, we reckon that definitely calls for another tattoo!

The Great British Bake Off continues Tuesday on C4 at 8pm

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