"'Cause It's Science" — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

Find out how a Cutthroat Kitchen food stylist successfully made pound cake using only a chemistry set.

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Find out what happens when the chefs make pound cake with a chemistry set.

As is the nature of the Cutthroat Kitchen beast, the situation inside the battle arena is constantly changing: Ingredients get swapped, chefs move from one station to another, and tools come and go. Aside from Alton Brown's evilicious smile, there's little competitors can count on, thanks to the diabolical sabotages the host doles out. But on tonight's all-new episode — the first of five heats in the Evilicious tournament — there was one challenge in particular that made at least one element of the battle predictable.

In Round 3's pound cake challenge, Alton revealed a chemistry set that, while ominous, offered a few opportunities, which food stylist Chelsey found out as she tried her hand at cake baking with the kit during the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages. The challenge would force a competitor to use only the tools within the set — beakers, stirrers, test tubes, a hot plate and a Bunsen burner, among other items — to make a pound cake, and although Chelsey found herself working hard to properly mix the cake batter, she took comfort in the hot plate. "The bottom is cooked," she said as she flipped her petri-dish cake, "hopefully it will do the same thing on the other side ... 'cause it's science and it does that." Sure enough, after only a few minutes, the opposite side of the cake was indeed browned; Chelsey said the treat she flipped out of the dish "cuts beautifully," is "cooked all the way through" and "is delicious.

Click the play button on the video above to watch Chelsey's test unfold, then catch up on more installments of Testing the Sabotages on FN Dish.

Don't miss Heat 2 of the Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious tournament on Sunday, April 26 at 10|9c.

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