Ed Balls and Samantha Cameron set for The Great British Bake Off special

Will Balls make a cake with his own name on it? Here's hoping so

Jess Denham
Friday 11 December 2015 10:10
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Samantha Cameron bakes in the Downing Street kitchen for Red Nose Day in 2013
Samantha Cameron bakes in the Downing Street kitchen for Red Nose Day in 2013

Ed Balls and Samantha Cameron will be hoping to steer clear of any soggy bottoms when they take to The Great British Bake Off tent for a charity special.

The former Labour shadow chancellor and prime minister’s businesswoman wife are among 16 celebrities confirmed for a Sport Relief version of the popular BBC One show.

They will be joined by singers Will Young, Louise Redknapp, Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh and former Spice Girl Geri Horner; actors Ade Edmondson, Maddy Hill and Alison Steadman; comedian Morgana Robinson; presenters Victoria Coren-Mitchell and Jason Manford; footballer Jermaine Jenas; goalkeeper David James; Sky Sports’ Chris Kamara and BBC world affairs editor John Simpson.

Cameron previously baked cupcakes, cookies and flapjacks in the Downing Street kitchen for Comic Relief 2013, and joked she “felt like Mary Berry” while visiting a group of apprentice bakers on the general election campaign trail earlier this year.

Balls meanwhile, is a genuinely amazing baker if this photo of a cake he made last summer is anything to go by:

Judges Berry and Paul Hollywood will return for the four-part series, expected to air in spring next year. Regular co-host Mel Giedroyc will be back for one episode, while Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne and Jennifer Saunders will also front one each. Sadly Sue Perkins was unable to take part due to a schedule clash.

Clips of Clare Balding and Olympic gold medal winner Denise Lewis visiting projects supported by Sport Relief will also be shown during the series. Sport Relief will run between 18 and 20 March 2016.

The big question is whether or not Ed Balls will make a cake with his own name on it.

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