A mob of socialist marzipan mice ran amok on Bake Off Creme De La Creme


Bake Off: Creme de la Creme

Bake Off Creme De La Creme reached new heights as three teams returned to impress the judges in the second semi-final.

Hoping to bake their way into the final were the trio of European chefs Christophe, Valeria and Josh, chocolate experts Stephen, Stefan and Nelson, and cookery school teacher Mark and his two former pupils Sam and Helen.

After being asked to create 144 perfect petits fours for the miniatures task, the teams had to build decorative chocolate structures displaying three different types of sweets - calissons, marshmallows and moulded chocolates - for the showpiece.

While Stephen's team opted to create a chocolate tree of life and Mark's chose to build a giant chocolate egg, Chrisophe's team decided they would make a chocolate bank full of gold bars overrun by socialist mice.

"The title is... mouse bank," Christophe said.

"We're making a bank taken over by mouses, eating all the sweets. It's a sort of anti-capitalist protest."

The chocolate city bank was decorated with passionfruit ganache chocolates, a calisson assortment, vanilla and cassis marshmallows and socialist marzipan mice.

Placing the showpiece in front of judges Benoit Blin, Claire Clark and Cherish Finden, Christophe explained the team's creation in depth.

"We believe capitalism is quite high at the minute, and we wanted to show the fall. We wanted to bring a message as well as a piece of chocolate," he said.

"Wow, you guys are making me smile - that's for sure," Benoit said, before praising the trio of sweets.

While all three of the judges seemed suitably impressed with the chocolate mouse bank, the work of art just wasn't enough to score Christophe, Valeria and Josh enough points to secure their place in the final.