Happy Birthday Mary Berry!

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  • As the Queen of Cakes celebrates her 80th birthday, we look back at the life of the nation’s favourite baker...

    The nation’s favourite baker turns 80 years old today and to celebrate, we take a look back over the years of Mary Berry’s glorious bakes, loving family and trend-setting fashion.

    Born in Bath, Mary Berry began her cooking career at the Bath electricity board showroom, where she would drive round to people’s houses and show them how to use their electric ovens by whipping up a Victoria sponge (lucky them!). Mary later studied cooking at Le Cordon Bleu before starting a career back in Britain as a recipe tester, food writer and magazine editor. At the age of 31, she married antiquarian bookseller Paul Hunnings; the couple will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary next year.

    The author of more than 70 books (with sales of five million worldwide), Mary is perhaps best known for her role in The Great British Bake Off alongside fellow judge, Paul Hollywood.

    Mary Berry has certainly left her mark on British cooking, and she shows no signs of slowing down! She has just released another book, Mary Berry’s Favourites, with the TV series due on our screens soon.

    But Mary’s not just a master baker, she’s a rising style icon as well. From her bright floral blazers paired with her classic pearls to her stunning eveningwear, Mary Berry knows a thing or two about how to dress.

    Proving that it’s attitude, not age, that counts, Mary Berry says of turning 80 years old that life is great. ‘My life has never been better than it is now. The fantastic thing about reaching this age is that I have no urgent ambitions. I want to continue to be a good granny and a good wife. My great privilege is that I can say “no” to things, so I only do what I love. And I really do love Bake Off – they’re my other family,’ Mary Berry revealed in our April 2015 issue.

    And how will the Queen of Cakes be celebrating her 80th birthday? With an eight-tiered cake, of course! Former Great British Bake Off contestant Ruth Clemens has teamed up with Stork to create the 16.5kg cake. Each tier represents a decade from Berry’s life, highlighting the biggest cake trend from that time (Lemon Gin and Elderflower Drizzle is our favourite!). Keep clicking to see exactly how massive the cake really is!

    Here is Mary pictured with her children Annabel, Thomas and William in 1975. We don’t know what it is they’re making, but we bet it’s totally delicious (and that there isn’t a soggy bottom in sight)!

    Take a journey through time with our pick of the best Mary Berry moments…