Devastated Junior Bake Off viewers are left crying as youngest contestant Tilly, 10, is eliminated following a disastrous technical challenge

  • Tilly, 10, from Bath, was first contestant eliminated in Junior Bake Off's final 
  • Overwhelmed baker burst into tears while struggling with technical challenge
  • Viewers were left devastated to see young baker go, with many crying at news
  • One wrote: 'How am I crying so much? Tilly was just the most amazing child'
  • Junior Bake Off continues on Channel 4 tonight at 5pm  

Junior Bake Off viewers were left devastated last night after the youngest contestant in the programme was eliminated following a disastrous technical.

Tilly, 10, from Bath, struggled to compete in a full of older children in the first day of the baking competition's final week, which aired last night on Channel 4. 

She burst into tears after struggling to create a chocolate and salted caramel tart in the technical challenge, before battling to bake the perfect chocolate cake for her showstopper. 

Viewers were in tears over news of her elimination, with one commenting: 'How am I crying so much at #JuniorBakeOff. Tilly was just the most amazing child on there.' 

Viewers of Channel 4's Junior Bake Off were left in tears last night after fan favourite and youngest contestant Tilly, 10, from Bath, was eliminated from the competition

Viewers of Channel 4's Junior Bake Off were left in tears last night after fan favourite and youngest contestant Tilly, 10, from Bath, was eliminated from the competition 

Another wrote: 'Not ashamed to admit that both my boyfriend and I shed a tear when Tilly from Junior Bake Off left. She was adorable at every second.

'Tilly if you ever see this, don't ever give up - we all love you.' 

Tilly was one of ten contestants through to the final week of the programme, which sees one child eliminated each day ahead of the final episode on Friday.  

The 10-year-old was one of only two children under the age of 12 who made it to the final week, with eight of the other contestants aged between 13 and 15.  

Many of those watching said they were left in tears after the 10-year-old baker was eliminated from the competition

Many of those watching said they were left in tears after the 10-year-old baker was eliminated from the competition 

The bakers were asked in the first technical challenge to create a chocolate salted caramel tart. 

Tilly struggled after her caramel crystallized, forcing her to restart the process again with just 15 minutes to spare. 

But her second caramel had an even bigger issue, as a large lump of sugar formed in the middle of her pan.

And while others started adding their chocolate ganache to their caramel, the 10-year-old wondered aloud: 'Why is this lumpy? Is everyone else finished?' 

The 10-year-old was the youngest contestant in the show, competing against eight teenagers and one other 11 year-old

The 10-year-old was the youngest contestant in the show, competing against eight teenagers and one other 11 year-old

Older contestants rushed over to help her after she struggled to cope with the technical challenge in the final

Older contestants rushed over to help her after she struggled to cope with the technical challenge in the final 

Adding extra butter into her caramel, she sighed: 'Oh I've got less than five minutes.' 

With one minute to go, the older contestants rushed over to help the teary girl, offering her hugs as well as practical support as the timer counted down. 

Judges Prue Leith and Liam Charles said the salted caramel and chocolate tart should have had a smooth biscuit base, a whipped chocolate ganache and a salted caramel filling.

But they were left questioning Tilly's 'timing issues', and said that the caramel had not been properly made, placing her in 10th place.  

The little girl ended up creating a chocolate cake with four layers and pipped with coffee and almond buttercream for her showstopper

The little girl ended up creating a chocolate cake with four layers and pipped with coffee and almond buttercream for her showstopper 

But the 10-year-old baker was left devastated after finding her ganache was 'too runny' for the outside of the cake

But the 10-year-old baker was left devastated after finding her ganache was 'too runny' for the outside of the cake 

With the pressure mounting for Tilly, she was asked to create the world's best chocolate cake for her showstopper challenge. 

The 10-year-old set out to make a 'my dad loves chocolate cake' cake in honour of her father's 40th birthday, with four layers of moist chocolate sponge filled with coffee and almond buttercream, and decorated with apricots.

She didn't have much luck on the second challenge either, dropping one of the layers of her cake whilst it was still in the tin.

Luckily the cake appeared undamaged, and she went on to pipe in the coffee and almonds buttercream.

Tilly ended up on the floor of her work station as she desperately tried to finish creating decorations for her showstopper

Tilly ended up on the floor of her work station as she desperately tried to finish creating decorations for her showstopper 

But Tilly was left distraught after her ganache was too runny for the outside of her cake, sighing: 'What a mess. It's too thin.'

And after running out of space on her work station, she ended up sitting on the floor as she desperately tried to finish her chocolate cake's decorations. 

Despite her struggles to finish the cake, Prue told the little girl that her chocolate cake looked 'magnificent.'

But once they'd tried the bake, Liam and Prue agreed that the almond and coffee flavours competed too much with one another.

Tilly ended up creating a chocolate cake in honour of her father's 40th birthday, with Prue calling the bake 'magnificent'

Tilly ended up creating a chocolate cake in honour of her father's 40th birthday, with Prue calling the bake 'magnificent' 

Liam said: 'Because coffee and almond are very strong flavours, they almost fight against each other.' 

A devastated Tilly told the camera: 'Fingers crossed it was good enough to get me through.'

But the little girl ended up being eliminated from the tent, and she couldn't help but burst into tears upon hearing the news. 

Teary eyed, she said: 'It's been really fun, it's just the technical really let me down.'

Despite her successful chocolate cake, it was not enough to stop Tilly being eliminated from the tent

Despite her successful chocolate cake, it was not enough to stop Tilly being eliminated from the tent 

Viewers were devastated after Tilly was eliminated, with one commenting: 'Nooo not Tilly. That's it, I'm not watching anyone.'

Another wrote: 'Awww we're crying with her, what a little sweetheart.'

One added: 'I felt like crying when Tilly was sent home.'  

Junior Bake Off continues on Channel 4 tonight at 5pm 

Junior Bake Off viewers left devastated after youngest contestant is eliminated

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