It's that time of the year once again - when the evenings get longer, a hearty soup is on the menu for dinner and people are chucking cakes in the bin on the telly - yep, 'Bake Off' is here!

This year's 'Great British Bake Off' has a fresh batch of 12 contestants who are surely about to steal our hearts with their awful baking jokes and (hopefully) manic baking skills.

By the looks of the crew Channel 4 has assembled for this year's competition, we are set for a more youthful competition than ever, but we'll keep our fingers crossed that it'll be another wholesome affair at the same time.

If memory serves us well, last year's edition was pretty drama-free so we're hoping that there might be a few baking disasters lined up this year (#sorrynotsorry).

Here's a rundown of each of the newbies.

First up, we've got Abdul, a 29-year-old electronics engineer from London. Raised in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents, Abdul loves to salsa dance and took up baking when he and his colleagues baked for each other during their daily coffee breaks. He's also got a flair for anything Matcha.

Just by looking at her, we just know she's going to be one of our favourites. Next is supermarket cashier Carole, aged 59 and hailing from Dorset. She's a regular on her local radio station where her segment sees her talk all about her big passion - gardening. So, don't be surprised if we see a few horticultural-inspired bakes in the tent.

Dawn is the oldest contestant on this year's 'Bake Off', at the age of 60. An IT manager from Bedfordshire, she describes herself as an artist in and out of the kitchen and loves to bake an illusion cake and coming up with any amount of whacky and intricate ideas that pop into her head.

25-year-old James is a nuclear scientist from Cumbria who grew up in Glasgow. A self-proclaimed board- game geek and horror movie lover, he also considers himself a huge music fan. Some of his favourite flavours are anything you eat around spooky season so expect plenty of cinnamon, apples and caramel.

Janusz grew up in Poland but has been living in the UK for 10 years. He's a personal assistant to a head teacher in a school in East Sussex, and the 34-year-old loves anything RuPaul-related and is an avid movie prop collector. He describes his baking style as "cartoon-like, colourful and camp" which sounds like a treat.

Kevin is a 33-year-old music teacher from Lanarkshire in Scotland. An accomplished saxophonist, flutist and also a dab hand on the piano and the clarinet, Kevin's ethos in the kitchen is to use seasonal ingredients where possible and loves a herby, spicy combination of flavours.

Maisam is the youngest of all of this year's contestants at the age of just 18. A speaker of five languages, Maisam is a keen photographer who grew up in Libya but now lives in Greater Manchester. She's been baking since she was 13.

Maxy is a 29-year-old Architectural Assistant living in London, but she's originally from Sweden. She's got two daughters, and when she's not whipping up a storm in the kitchen with beautifully decorated cakes, she loves to keep her hands busy with some DIY.

Rebs, from Northern Ireland, is a 23-year-old Master's student. She spent her childhood growing up in County Antrim and - like the rest of us - learned how to Irish dance and play the tin whistle. She loves giving her baking a Middle-Eastern kick.

Next up is Sandro, a 30-year-old nanny from London. Angolan-born, he's big into his fitness and is a boxer with a background in ballet and breakdancing - plus he runs virtual baking classes for children with autism.

Syabira is a 32-year-old Cardiovascular Research Associate from London. Malaysian-born and one of seven children, she loves gaming in her free time. In terms of her baking skills, she's keen on giving her bakes a Malaysian twist.

The last of this year's 'Bake Off' contestants is 45-year-old Will from London. A former charity director, he's got a big passion for DIY, carpentry and of course baking. He lists salted caramel and paprika as two of his favourite flavours (but not at the same time).

'The Great British Bake Off' starts Tuesday, September 13 at 8 pm on Channel 4 and on catch-up via All 4.