The Great British Bake-Off
Iain Watters stormed off in a rage after he failed to present a pudding in the showstopper round. BBC / The Great British Bake Off

It was bake-off too far for Iain Watters, who stormed off The Great British Bake Off after his Baked Alaska failed to set.

The bearded contestant, who was appearing on the latest series of the popular BBC cooking show, went into meltdown throwing his dessert into the bin.

But unlike his meringue, the plot thickens, as it was revealed that, in an act of unwitting sabotage, fellow contestant Diana had removed Iain's ice cream from the freezer, leaving it to melt in the 25 degree heat.

Bellowing in frustration, the construction worker howled: "Where's my ice cream", only to discover a liquid mess on his work surface.

The hirsute Irishman promptly marched over to his bin and poured the entire lot away. "Look at it! I can't present it!"

When judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood asked the 31-year-old to present his dessert, he simply showed them the bin he threw it in.

Watters admitted that he hadn't acted well under the pressure of the competition.

"I threw it in the bin because I didn't want to present it, I didn't want them to judge the way it came out so I'd rather present nothing. Gutted," he said.

When asked by the judges what happened he replied: "I had some issues with the ice cream and I let the frustration of that get the better of me."

"My worst moment has to be 'bin-cident'. I didn't handle the pressure in the tent as well as everyone else. It was a very hot day with everyone fighting for space in the freezers, and I didn't feel that I coped with the situation very well.

"I am passionate as a personality and a baker, so I do tend to get frustrated when the bakes don't go well, and I will have to learn to deal with that."

The incident sparked a Twitter frenzy with fans of the show rallying around Watters and unleashing their venom at alleged saboteur Diana.

Watters is the fourth contestant to leave the BBC One show after Jordan Cox, Claire Goodwin and Enwezor Nzegwu were voted off in previous weeks.

The construction manager had been the focus of controversy from the outset, with viewers bemoaning the bearded look he sported while he baked.

Reflecting on his experience of the cookery competition, he said: "I tried to refine my skills to please Paul and Mary with presentation and flavours but I tend not to go down the traditional route, as my style is more rustic and laid back.

"My best moment was the plaited loaf in week three, because everything went so well. I got the timing right and Paul liked the flavour and the bake."

And while his pudding was a flop, Watters is not complaining. He may not have won the Great British Bake Off crown, but his new found fame has won him several marriage proposals on Twitter.

Watters will appear with Jo Brand on the Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Friday at 9pm on BBC Two.