Top Creations Seen on Best Baker in America

Step inside the sweet competition for a look at the judges' winning picks.

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A Southern-Style Staple

Dwayne's peach cobbler-inspired take on crème brulee earned high marks from the judges, as Marcela Valladolid told the baker, "I just want to eat the whole thing."

Harmonious Hazelnuts

Andy's first win in the competition came from his Master Challenge Hazelnut Opera Cake, which featured no shortage of hazelnut applications. "It looks like an art show piece, really," Jason Smith told Andy. The judges were pleased with the cake's hazelnut-forward taste as well as its stunning appearance.

Fruit Showcase

Featuring a dual filling of jam and pastry cream, Cherly's tart earned her top honors in the Skills Challenge. "The pâte sucrée just melted in my mouth, and iwant to eat the whole thing," judge Jason Smith noted after tasting.

When a Risk Pays Off

Though the judges were conflicted over Thiago's choice to serve a cappuccino cup inside his St. Honoré cake, they couldn't deny his dessert's over-the-top flavor. "Your puff pastry is perfect," judge Marcela Valladolid proclaimed simply.

Flavor Forward

See Adalberto's green-tinted macarons? They're Blueberry Mojito Macarons, filled with a delicate mojito-inspired filling.

Focus On: Strawberry

Part strawberry shortcake and part baked Alaska, Dwayne's creative take on the Master Challenge wowed the judges and earned him highest honors this round.

Strong Start

In the first challenge of the competition, Dwayne opted to highlight pineapple in his upside-down cake, presenting it with a salted caramel sauce that impressed the judges with its complex flavor profile.

Herbs Galore

Though perhaps not traditional, Cheryl's use of basil in her wedding cake earned rave reviews from the judges. "It's not overpowering with basil, which is a good thing," judge Jason Smith explains. "And then the lemon comes through very well."

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