Every year Le Meilleur Pâtissier (that’s the French version of Bake Off) likes to do a Halloween-themed episode. The Showstoppers can be a little…er…unique.
This year the French Bake Off upped its game. They did a themed week where the bakers had to make a Showstopper that looked like a crime scene.
As a result, the illustrations were less slightly endearing than the ones you might see on the British version.
The weirdest thing is that, despite the horror, it feels like a normal episode of Bake Off: the tent looks the same; the challenges are the same. As we saw this guy finishing his bake, the Bake Off background music was playing.
Now, before we continue, I thought I should let you know that I am 8% fluent in French on Duolingo. I wasn’t able to follow everything that was going on here.
But here is what I have learned from watching: The Meilleur Pâtissier tent is surrounded by tape, with what appears to be a murdered cake on the floor.
When they started with the Showstopper challenge, one baker immediately smothered a tray with fake blood and edible glass.
Another baker thought it would be hilarious to fake having an accident for some reason.
But the good-natured spirit of Bake Off persisted, with two bakers coming to help another finish what looked like a cake in the shape of a dead body.
I saw a nice bake being made, then someone smothered it with blood and stuck in a knife in it.
Here is what it looked like when it was finished.
When the Showstopper was presented I decided to make the creepiest GIF I have made in a long time.
Meanwhile, here is what Julien decided to bake.
The French Paul Hollywood (Cyril Lignac) was so excited to see it.
Usually during the taste test I become jealous of the judges. In this episode, not so much.
Here’s a video, if that is your thing.
And the sight of Julien’s apron made me do a double take.
Then, this was presented. It looked like someone had had an accident during the challenge and had to be rushed to hospital.
Then I saw this bake and thought it looked underwhelming, and I was a bit relieved to be quite honest.
But then everyone was talking in French far above my 8% fluency on Duolingo and one of the hosts did this.
And sure enough, he was instructed to cut into the bake with a scalpel so the inside looked like a real body.
But then, for no reason, we were then shown this fluffy pony outside the tent and everything felt fine?!
You can watch Le Meilleur Pâtissier on the M6 website. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though.