Baby Jesus, Crown and Wreath: the whole story represented in my GBBO 7 Showstopper

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) has always been a platform for amateur bakers to showcase their creativity, skills, and love for baking. In Season 7, the challenge for the showstopper round was to create a masterpiece that tells a story. My showstopper was an ambitious project that aimed to capture the essence of Christmas, from the birth of Baby Jesus to the glorious crowning of the holiday season.

The Birth of Baby Jesus

At the heart of my showstopper was the representation of the Nativity scene, a pivotal moment in the Christmas story. Using my baking skills, I crafted a lifelike Baby Jesus figurine out of marzipan. His serene expression and delicate swaddling clothes conveyed the humility and beauty of the nativity story.

The Fondant Manger

To house Baby Jesus, I created a manger from layers of sweet, tender fondant. The simplicity of the manger symbolized the humble beginnings of the Christmas story, reminding us of the true spirit of the holiday.

The Journey of the Wise Men

Next, my showstopper featured the three Wise Men, each meticulously sculpted from modeling chocolate. These figurines embarked on a journey towards the baby’s manger, guided by a star made of edible gold leaf.

The Symbolic Gifts

In their hands, the Wise Men carried symbolic gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh, represented by intricately designed edible gems. These gifts not only added visual appeal but also reminded us of the treasures of faith and love that Christmas represents.

The Star of Bethlehem

The showstopper’s centerpiece was the Star of Bethlehem, an edible masterpiece made from spun sugar. It was suspended above the Nativity scene, casting a radiant, golden glow. This star represented the guiding light that led the Wise Men to the birthplace of Jesus, symbolizing hope and inspiration.

The Crown of Christmas

As the showstopper progressed, I transitioned to the theme of the Christmas wreath, signifying the celebration and joy of the holiday season. The wreath, made of carefully braided challah bread, was adorned with edible ornaments, such as sugared cranberries and candied citrus peel.

Edible Decorations

The edible ornaments on the wreath symbolized the ornaments that adorn our homes during the festive season, a reminder of the joy and warmth that Christmas brings.

The Glorious Conclusion

The final touch to my showstopper was the crowning moment when the Star of Bethlehem shone brightly above the Nativity scene, and the Christmas wreath encircled the entire display. It was a representation of the culmination of the Christmas story, a moment of profound significance and joy.


In my GBBO Season 7 showstopper, I aimed to capture the entire story of Christmas, from the birth of Baby Jesus to the festive celebration symbolized by the Christmas wreath. Baking, for me, is not just about creating delicious treats but also about telling a story, conveying emotions, and evoking a sense of wonder.

This showstopper was a labor of love, a tribute to the timeless tale of hope, faith, and love that Christmas embodies. It reminded me that baking is not just an art but also a powerful medium for storytelling. It’s a way to connect with tradition, share the magic of the season, and create lasting memories.

As you embark on your own baking adventures, remember that every creation can be a story waiting to be told. Let your imagination run wild, and don’t be afraid to infuse your bakes with the magic and wonder of the holiday season.

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