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That's not a teacake! Bake Off divides English and Scottish fans with controversial teacake test

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 13/09/2017 By Helena Horton

© Provided by The Telegraph Bake Off ignited a row on Tuesday night — what began as an innocuous teacake challenge turned into a blazing argument between those who reside north and south of Hadrian's Wall.

As contestants made the fruited bread, many complained that these crumby products are not teacakes.

For many, especially those who live in Scotland, a teacake consists of fluffy marshmallow encased in a crisp layer of chocolate.

However, for those of us who live in the South and take afternoon tea, a teacake is a small fruited bun which we toast and spread with liberal amounts of butter.

© Provided by The Telegraph Tom, the Scottish baker in the tent, admitted that he didn't know what a teacake was supposed to look like due to his heritage.

He said: "I didn’t even know what a teacake was because in Scotland it’s a mallow thing with biscuit".

However, it is highly unlikely a baker would be asked to make a marshmallow in Bread Week.

This resulted in an angry row between fans of the show.

Some people in Yorkshire argued that a proper teacake is neither of those things, but an unfruited roll.

They said that what the bakers made was in fact a fruited teacake.

The argument was so heated that 'teacake' trended on Twitter, but most people seemed to agree with Tom, that the baked good is made by Tunnock's.

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