UNATTENDED cakes have sparked a huge blaze likely to engulf England.
The so-called Second Great Fire began around 9pm last night on the set of the BBC TV cake competition The Great British Bake Off.
At the time the crew were celebrating the victory of handsome young cakeologist John Whaite, unaware that one aspirant baker had left a chiffon cake in the oven.
Because of its notably light texture, when the cake exploded its burning crumbs took to the air like a flaming death-pollen, instantly spreading fiery death over a huge radius.
Among the first victims was host Sue Perkins, who bravely maintained a sardonic demeanour as a flaming marquee collapsed around her.
The fire has since spread across southern England, and is likely to have destroyed London by mid-afternoon.
Historian Roy Hobbs said: “This nation has survived invasion, bombing and epidemics, only to be obliterated by a light entertainment show.”
The Great British Bake Off was co-judged by cake doyenne Mary Berry, who is currently up a tree.
Speaking mid-way through the competition she said: “I never want to see another cake as long as I live.
“The texture, the smell, the whole thing just makes me want to hurl. I used to really like them too.”