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Great British Bake Off Star Celebrates Her Differences with Colourful Cake

29th November 2021

Who doesn’t love cake? Whatever your favourite type – chocolate, lemon, fruit, cheese, the list goes on – there's a type of cake out there for everyone. If we had it our way, we’d celebrate cake every single day.

But this month, there’s a reason to celebrate cake – and one specific cake in particular.

Fans of The Great British Bake Off won’t have been able to miss contestant Lizzie Acker’s bright orange hair and brightly patterned clothes, and in a recent episode, there’s something else you won’t have been able to miss as well – her cake.

In her final episode, Lizzie wanted to “celebrate being different” by baking a colourful cake that she said was a representation of all the things going on in her brain.

She went on to talk about her experience with special educational needs, telling the judges that she has a few different SEN issues, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and a concentration disorder.

In the end, Lizzie’s cake looked (and, according to the judges, tasted) incredible. The tiny letters painted onto her design symbolise her struggles with dyslexia, while the swirling colours, patterns and textures are meant to reflect Lizzie’s experience of ADHD and concentration disorder – as she also shares in the episode that sometimes it feels as though she has “too many thoughts” in her head.


It was amazing to see Lizzie share her story to thousands of viewers, helping to raise awareness of SEN that might sometimes go unnoticed. Appreciation for Lizzie flooded in on Twitter, with one user saying that hearing her speak about her needs was “the most represented I have felt for a long time.”

While Lizzie’s cake wasn’t enough to save her from leaving the famous Bake Off tent, we’re glad she was able to share her story, and we think we’ll be seeing more from her in the future!

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