You're going to love this
episode like a fat kid loves cake, as 10,000 recipes are whittled to the
final eight. The four bearers of said recipes are going to go whisk to
whisk to try and win $25,000 and $5000 worth of Food Network gear from
Kohl's. Duff may be the Ace of Cakes, but who'll have the winning hand
Tonight's sweeties of the sweet...
Kerstin: Caramelized Plantain Cupcakes
Andria: Cardamom Spiced Carrot Cake
Jade: Lime, Ginger & Mascarpone Cake
Kathi: Maple-Sweet Potato Upside-Down Cake
Round 1 is the Cake Round. Best score
will have the advantage going into the dessert round. Two hours... from
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Jade's a free-spirit, and she's
experimenting with measurements as she's going, having only made this
three times in the past. Kathi is not using parchment in her sweet
potato upside down cake. Will that come back to bite her? Andria is an
improvisational cook, which you don't see kicking around a cake.
Kerstin's plantains aren't caramelized at all. They're more or less dry.
Kinda lame for someone who has her own cooking blog.
One hour remaining...
Jade's case is still hot... and wet.
Ten minutes left to... essentially frost.
Andria's case is too warm, meaning we have a little belt of frosting.
Kathi's cake is ready for a flip... And we have some of the cranberries
stuck to the pan. Kerstin's going for a single cake and plate... And
Jade... well, she's serving a snowflake.
And... STOP! Judges time! Remember, it's
50 on taste, 25 on originality, 15 on appearance, and 10 on ease.
Highest score wins.
First up, Kerstin's cupcakes. The
hazelnut chocolate combination kills. Technically, though, it's not as
sound as it should be. And the plate just feels a little too big for the
Andria's carrot cake is next. It's a good
cake. The cardamom floats... A little more time to cool would've been
better, though. The icing is also missing the white chocolate taste.
Here comes Jade's mascarpone number...
The icing is a strong element, and the coconut would've been better
toasted. It's very smart.
Finally, up comes Kathi's upside-down
thing. Rosemary was worried, but she loves the inventive way of how the
cranberries came out. Chef Michael likes the play on the classic. It
misses by a hair.
SCORES AFTER ROUND 1
That gives Kathi the advantage going into
Any dessert is fair game in this round.
Just needs to be ready in two hours.
Kerstin: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
Andria: Apple Crisp Bread Pudding
Jade: Warm Sticky Figgy Pudding
Kathi: Minted Mango-Berry Cobblers with Chai Biscuits
Again, the score to beat is a 95. Tall
Kathi doesn't feel any more or less
pressure. Andria's worried about raisins burning. Jade is overloading
her dessert on figs. The secret to Kerstin's eggless cookie dough:
subbing out 1/4 cup of milk for each egg. That's safe. Andria's bread
pudding... cake donuts.
Andria's bread pudding is a little wet
still, while Jade's attempting a butterscotch sauce for her figgy
pudding. She does this while her puddings are setting. Will Kerstin's
chocolate ganache set? Will Jade's caramel finish? Will Andria get to
plate her puddings or will they stick to the pan? And what about... the
PLATES DOWN! Time to judge.
Kerstin has her brownies... It's a little
cakey. The judges love the taste of chocolate and peanut butter
together. The peanuts bring it to another level. Chef Michael wants more
Andria's bread pudding is next. It's a
festive dessert, and the donuts work. We're also missing a secondary
taste. The sauce is a little sweet.
Jade's a tale of two rounds. The brittle
was bonafide, while the dessert is a huge improvements.
Kathi's cobblers are next. She needed to
pick one flavor and be done with it. The raw ginger in the cream had a
bit of heat. If she pulled back, it would've killed.
Remember, the only number that matters is
95. This is for $30,000 in cash and prizes...
Kerstin: 93 - ELIMINATED
Jade: 94 - ELIMINATED
That leaves Kathi's 95 and Andria's bread
pudding. She needs at least a 96 to win. Is "rock star" chef-talk for
Andria's score is...
98! ANDRIA pulls it out from behind to
win $25,000 CASH MONEY and the title of the Sweetest of the Sweet Teeth.
Another four chefs and another eight
recipes fight it out next time. Don't watch hungry.
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