The Great British Bake Off came to a spectacular end on Tuesday night, and crowned its youngest ever winner.

Scottish Peter Sawkins said he felt like a “giddy kid” after judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith decided that he was the best baker this year.

Speaking about his victory, 20-year-old Peter said: "I wanted this a lot, when I was 12 I was watching repeats of Bake Off back to back, and it got me into baking big time.

"I am a Bake Off nerd, and I think 12-year-old Peter would be in awe, and just the most excited giddy kid. I am that excited giddy kid right now."

Peter Sawkins was crowned this year's winner of The Great British Bake Off

Peter competed alongside fellow finalists Dave Friday and Laura Adlington in the grand finale, where they were asked to make a perfect Custard Slice in the signature challenge, a Walnut Whirl in the technical round and dessert towers for the Showstopper challenge.

Peter's Cranachan Custard Slice with whisky and Scottish oats meant he got off to a good start and his Showstopper was extraordinary; a Bubble Cake with a Victoria sandwich sponge with strawberry cream; a middle layer of blackberry and lemon choux buns, and mini Battenburg biscuits on the top layer.

Peter competed alongside fellow finalists Dave Friday and Laura Adlington

Speaking about his victory, he said: "Honestly it was never in my mind that I thought I could win this.

"The tent felt so bare, as Bakers we were so far away from each other. I was so focused on what I was doing at the Final, I had no idea what the other two were doing.

"It was so different from week 1 when there were 12 of us. It felt like the Marie Celeste that day," Peter said.

Peter is the youngest ever winner of The Great British Bake Off

Paul, 54, added: "Peter should be exceptionally proud. He is the youngest winner we have ever had and the first Scottish winner."

While 80-year-old Prue said: "Do you know I am terribly proud of Peter and I feel as if he is my grandson. He is such a nice guy and he is so eager to learn, you can’t not like him."

Upon leaving the show's bubble, Peter returned to Scotland but faced an anxious trip home as he tried to hide his prize and not let on that he had won.

Peter said that Dave and Laura were so supportive during the Bake Off final

"After winning the trophy I had to smuggle it on the plane back to Edinburgh," he explained.

"I was a bit stressed when we went through the scanners. And then it stayed on my family worktop in the kitchen hidden in a box. I can’t wait to crack it out of the box and give it as much use as I possibly can.

"I hope I have made Scotland proud being the first Scottish winner. I enjoyed using Scottish flavours and themes when I could throughout the competition."

The accounting and finance student toasted his victory alongside friends with a pastry and a drink.

Peter's Showstopper cake was a very impressive Bubble Cake with a Victoria sandwich sponge

"I watched the final with my flatmates, I made something similar to the choux buns in the Showstopper, so it did have an element of the bake in it!" he said.

"For lockdown reasons, it couldn’t exactly be a party but it was great to celebrate with my flatmates and have a few drinks.

"I have a very appreciative group of flatmates, me and one other flatmate make fresh bread every other day.

Judge Prue Leith said she felt like Peter is her grandson

"Sometimes we share meals, and there are some good cooks in the house, so it’s a good place to live. I want to finish my degree and I will continue to bake. That’s another two years, my studies are top priority."

Commenting on his GBBO experience and the pals he has made, Peter continued: “Bake Off has given me a whole new set of friends that share an obsessive love of baking. I didn’t quite expect to have made as strong connections as I have, and I know that we will all keep in touch.

“Dave and Laura were so supportive at the Final, we had lunch together and dinner together, as we had normally done. It was so good to have that comfort and support.

"Bake Off has definitely broadened my baking – it has opened me up to new styles of baking. I was quite adventurous before, but now I am less nervous of stepping out of my baking comfort zone."

He added: "I tried to take on board the Judges comments and learn about baking, be analytical about it and I feel I have learned about baking on a deeper level. The tent isn’t just about baking good bakes, it’s about creating the perfect version of anything you bake.

"I think GBBO has changed my life. It is the most intense and challenging experience of my life so I think I have learned a lot and have grown up whilst being in the bake off bubble."