The Most-Successful Seasonal Displays from Cake Wars: Christmas, Season 2

Relive the best moments from this holiday extravaganza, and check out competitors' winning creations.

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Katrina Marcinowski ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Finale: Rudolph's Merry Greeting

"Rudolph has a playful, wonderful expression," judge Charles Phoenix told the members of the North Star team of their Stocking Stuffer display. The group earned the win in that first challenge with a Christmas reindeer-focused pop-up holiday card. As for Rudolph's signature ruby-red nose? Charles said simply: "His nose — sparkly, glittery. Hello, we love."

Bringing the Holidays Home

With a whopping $50,000 prize on the line, both teams were determined to claim victory in the last challenge of the competition, but ultimately the North Star team earned the win, sweeping the finale with back-to-back successes. "To me, this display really demonstrate[s] what this competition is all about: carving, cake and candy," judge Sherry Yard told the team members of their candy-adorned house. Charles was pleased too, as he noted, "I feel like I've stepped into a storybook where I would like to live."

Week 5: A Four-Legged Gift

"Let's talk about the sugar work on top. To me, this is the crowning jewel. This is everything we've asked for in this competition," judge Sherry Yard told the members of the Winter Wonders team of the bow adorning their puppy character. They were tasked with designing a present to Mrs. Claus from Santa, and this big-eyed fellow won the judges' hearts and earned the team victory in the Stocking Stuffer challenge.

On a Wonderful Roll

Sweeping the penultimate episode, the Winter Wonders took home the win in the second round of competition as well. The teammates' depiction of elves at Santa's Workshop-turned-disco impressed the judges, and Charles Phoenix praised the team members, saying, "You knocked it out of the ballpark here." He was also impressed with their nontraditional tasting element, which was hidden inside a colorful chocolate sphere, as he said, "That round white chocolate red ball you gave us to bust into — more of an experience than a dessert, and we loved it."

Week 3: Reindeers on a Roll

For the third week in a row, the Rowdy Reindeers team earned a win in one of the rounds, this time the Stocking Stuffer Challenge. The team's depiction of a smiley, skiing elf carrying a whopping 212 pounds of presents wowed the judges, as Sherry Yard told the group, "This is everything a great show piece should be."

Breaking It Down, Ballet Style

Challenged to reimagine the ballet The Nutcracker, the North Star team delivered a winning display that featured a next-level mouse and a limber nutcracker as they danced in competition. "Each one of your figures has [a] different expression, while you can still see [it] comes together seamlessly," Sherry noted, and judge Charles Phoenix added to her praise. "Your nutcracker is totally animated. The mouse king — he has so much to offer as a character," he told the teammates.

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Week 2: Grinch a la 2016

"This has what we're looking for. It has energy, and it has character," judge Charles Phoenix told the Winter Wonders. Following their win in last week's Santa's Mega Challenge round, the team members earned top honors in the Stocking Stuffer challenge this week, when they were tasked with contemporizing the story of the Grinch. "The energy of those power cords — you nailed it," he added.

Cindy Lou Who's Midnight Tiptoe

The Rowdy Reindeers won a challenge for the second week in a row as well, only this time they scored first place in the Santa's Mega Challenge round. The team's depiction of Cindy Lou Who sneaking up on a sleeping Grinch wowed the judges, so much so that judge Sherry Yard told the group, "So you have a lot of techniques going on here, and we'll start with my favorite, which is the tree — simple buttercream, well-executed." Judge Charles echoed her praise and said, "The characters are wonderful."

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Week 1: An Unlikely Present

Unfortunately for this mouse, there was no option to return the gift of a trap he received from a not-so-nice cat on Christmas. The Rowdy Reindeer team earned top honors in the first-round challenge with this hilarious yet heartfelt design. "We are looking at how amazing that little mouse trap is and that little piece of cheese on there," judge Charles Phoenix told the team. "Perfect in every way, every day."

Santa 2.0

The Winter Wonders team took home the win in the first week's Santa's Mega Challenge with a display featuring a hipsteresque Santa. Judge Sherry Yard praised the team: "Your Santa is incredibly carved out. The tattoos. And the sneakers on the bottom — the lacing work is perfection."

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