FANS were outraged after Sussex's Great British Bake Off favourite was eliminated from the show.

Lottie Bedlow from Littlehampton left the tent after being set a seemingly impossible test by taskmasters Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

The pantomime producer was asked to craft an ice cream cake on one of the hottest days of 2020 - with the show having being filmed over the summer.

Even hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas raised concerns over the mountain the contestants had been given to climb.

Matt said: "Well done to you guys (Paul and Prue) for choosing an ice cream challenge on one of the hottest days of the year."

"We didn't know," a defensive Paul argued.

But Noel quipped: "That's not what the Daily Mail are going to say."

Lottie's adventurous ice cream cake was meant to look like a cassette tape.

But the baker took the unorthodox approach of surrounding sponge with shaped ice cream - with the creations usually featuring ice cream contained within a sponge casing.

And her bake struggled to handle the intense heat in the tent, with some bakers reporting that thermometers had soared to 40C as ovens and deep fat fryers only added to the scorching conditions.

When judging the "80's Mix Tape" cake, Paul said he was "very underwhelmed". 

Lottie admitted the idea for the cake had been quite new, and she "had her suspicions" it would not remain frozen.

Judges praised the concept, but said it would "never work in this kind of temperature".

As a result, they opted to eliminate Lottie from the competition, just a week after she earned her first Star Baker award.

A tearful Lottie said: "I cannot believe the stuff I have done (during her time on Bake Off); I got a handshake, I got Star Baker.

"I'm so chuffed with myself, maybe I can bake."

Lottie has been a firm favourite with viewers from the start, with her Instagram following soaring from 785 to 63,991 during her time on the show.

As a result, her loyal fans were outraged by her exit.

One said: "(I) woke up to see that Trump is genuinely still in with a shot after four years of chaos, and somehow I'm still more upset about Lottie going on the Great British Bake Off last night."

Another added: "Well that was just wrong. (There is) no point watching any more now.

"(I'm) genuinely upset the Lottie show has finished."