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Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN
Host Jeff Foxworthy
Judges Paul Hollywood
Marcela Valladolid
Creator Richard McKerrow & Anna Beattie (based upon "The Great British Bake Off")
EP Jay Bienstock
Richard McKerrow
Packager Love Productions USA & Bienstock Young Media in association with GPB Media
Origins Atlanta
Web cbs.com/bake
Airs 8p Wed, CBS

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June 12

Last week, the cookies crumbled... and so did Whitney's shot at being named America's best amateur baker. Meanwhle, Elaine's flavor combinations won her Star Baker. Will she continue it when we start throwing cakes around?


In Week 2, you will make a one-layer cake in 90 minutes. Piece of cake, right? Not in this wind.

Jeremy: Mother-in-Law's Cinnamon Chocolate Cake
Elaine: Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Coconut. She really loves coconut, this one. She also really loves trying to outdo Paul's mom.
Francine: Carolina Cherry Soda Pop Cake. It's a cola that's only available in the Carolinas. Three guesses as to what it is. It's Cheerwine.
Kolette: Oatmeal Spice Cake with Cinnamon
Brian: Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake
Darlene: Banana Pineapple & Pecan Tiki-Time Cake
James: Grandma Nannie's Coffee Cake
Effie: Orange Cardamom Pistachio Cake

Overmixing a cake batter will get you a dense crumb with no air pockets.

Elaine's cake is a little short, but the flavor is lovely. Kolette's topping needed to be caramelized and diery. Brian decides to top his cake with edible flowers and fresh flowers that he just picked... that aren't so edible. Big mistake. You don't know what's going into those things. The cake itself also needed a lot more chocolate. Darlene's cake is perfect. James is overbaked. Effie's got a lovely flavor profile. Jeremy's cake... is warm. A sign of time management issues. Francine's cake... too sweet. Needed less Cheerwine.

TECHNICAL BAKE: Chiffon Cake with Tequila Orange Glaze

You will be given the same ingredients, but very limited amount of information as to how to combine them. They will judge based on the finished product only.

Today's technical bake is Marcela's chiffon cake with tequila orange glaze. The texture should be nice and springy. The color should be even, and the icing should stay and not absorb into the cake. Oil keeps the batter moist, while the dry ingredients need to be mixed and the egg whites need to be whisked into stiff peaks. They don't have to grease or butter their pans, but they do need to let the cake do all the work.

And Francine's got a lot of smoke. No fire, though. That's good news.

Now for the glaze. With real tequila. It should be heated long enough to burn off some of the alcohol. It should not be applied until the cake is completely cooled.

You have two hours 15 to figure this out.

From worst to best...

8) Kolette
7) Effie
6) Jeremy
5) Brian
4) Darlene
3) Elaine
2) James
WINNER: Francine

SHOW STOPPER: A Surprise-Inside Cake

You have to bake a cake that, when sliced open, reveals a surprise inside. You have five hours to put them together.

In trouble this week... Kolette, Effie, and Jeremy.

James: Underground Surprise Cake
Effie: I Love You to the Moon and Back Cake
Jeremy: Single-Layer Cherpumple Cake with a cherry pie inside
Francine: Floating Hearts Cake
Kolette: Check, Check, Check It Out Cake
Darlene: Give a Dog a Bone Cake
Elaine: Chocolate and Vanilla Valentine's Cake
Brian: All-American Hamburger Surprise Cake

You will not know how your cake turned out until you cut it open.

Sometimes you have to risk big to win big. Someone's going to have their cake and eat it too. Who's the Star Baker in our surprise cake? Kolette made a big comeback in the Show Stopper. Elaine continued to produce, while Francine has been hot on her tail all day. Jeremy is in trouble for raw sponge.

Ultimately, no one has been consistent all the way through. But this week's Star Baker is... two weeks running, ELAINE!

But on the flipside, the baker that will leave us this week.... is JEREMY, for raw sponge.

Next week, we go into Paul Hollywood's world. Who's going to make bread, and who's going to fall buttered side down?

To see this episode, as well as recipes from the dishes served on this episode, go to www.cbs.com/bake.