Your favorite contestants have been creating 'Paul Hollywood Handshake'-worthy holiday bakes — and they're perfect inspo for your at-home celebrations

By Diane J. Cho
Updated December 25, 2020 03:59 PM
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Greetings, bakers! Want to know what your favorite Great British Bake Off contestants have been up to since their season? Now's the perfect time to check in: Their Instagram feeds are brimming with sweetly decorated sugar cookies, holiday-themed Swiss rolls and Christmas tree Chelsea buns. Prue would be proud.

Christmas with Kim-Joy
Credit: Ellis Parrinder

If you're going through sugar withdrawal now that the most recent season has wrapped up, check out what the bakers have prepared for the holiday season — without Paul Hollywood lurking over their shoulders. (And don't forget to watch the two festive episodes that just dropped!)

Laura Adlington

Christmas tree-shaped Chelsea buns are on the top of our wish lists this year, especially these ooey gooey ones Laura posted (with her full recipe!). The combination of chocolate and orange are a perpetual Bake Show winner.

Jane Beedle

Leave it to Jane to have the most beautiful sponge with this festive Swiss roll filled with strawberry jam and a whipped cream and mascarpone filling. Yum!


Christmas with Kim-Joy
Credit: Ellis Parrinder

The queen of cute treats released a book filled with new Christmas-themed bakes called Christmas with Kim-Joy: A Festive Collection of Edible Cuteness, featuring these adorable sweater cookies.

Rahul Mandal

These exquisitely decorated Christmas biscuits are major showstoppers. The royal icing detail is incredible and deserves a handshake immediately.

Andrew Smyth

Three words: Sticky. Toffee. Pudding. Swipe to see Andrew's mouthwatering rich toffee sauce with molasses. We'd like a slice, please.

Candice Brown

You may not actually be having a tropical Christmas, but Candice's piña colada macaroons might transport you - even before you enjoy the beautiful flakiness of her apple and pear filo mince pie cups. We have to agree with her assessment that they're "Christmassy af."

Selasi Gbormittah

Super calm and cool Selasi is serving a gorgeous Christmas beef Wellington this year. You've got nothing but time this year -why not attempt your take on this stunning entrée?

Val Stones

Fan favorite Val shares her Chocolate roulade from Bake Off in a gluten-free version. Watching the video may make you nostalgic for watching the bakers in the tent.

Dan Beasley-Harling

Disclaimer: Dan's Choux au Craquelins do NOT look like boobs. They do, however, look like mini Santa outfits that will be a hit on your next family Zoom.