Top Moments of Chopped After Hours: April Fools

Judges Amanda Freitag, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli take on the dessert round from the Fake Cake, Real Stakes episode.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Lang ©2014,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Surprise! Basket Ingredients in Disguise

Amanda, Geoffrey and Alex will be cooking with candies disguised as peas and carrots, pound cake that looks like grilled cheese, strawberry puree presented as tomato soup and a jug of buttermilk that's been mislabeled as milk. "It's up to us to have our own version of a reaction to April Fools'," Alex says.

Taking a Classic to the Next Level

"I really can't bake anything," says Geoffrey, so he decides on making the "old-fashioned English dessert called an Eton Mess," a combination of strawberries, meringue and cream. Geoffrey cooks down the peas and carrots candy, and on Alex's recommendation adds some spices to heighten the flavor.

Warming Her Up with Kindness

"You've got the warmest biscuits I know," says Ted upon tasting, hot out of the oven, the ones Alex has baked for her take on strawberry shortcake with tomatoes. Ted lures her into the pantry, where she finds a fake slithering snake. "That really scared the beep out of me," says Alex. "I'm really disappointed to hear that," says Ted.

Pretty in Pink and Red

Amanda plates her dessert, which she describes to Ted as a "pink-peppercorn buttermilk strawberry sundae," saying it's sort of like a sherbet. "There are no sure bets in the Chopped kitchen," Ted responds, playing on the word "sherbet." "I like that you're putting ketchup on a sundae," he adds, noting the red color of her sauce.

The Elements of Savory Surprise

"So you didn't use the poundcake at all?" Amanda asks Alex, who used just the frosting in her guajillo sauce. "Wow," Amanda gushes. Alex calls Geoffrey's Eton Mess "a very complex dessert." Amanda's use of salt and pink peppercorns has everyone agreeing that her sundae is unlike the usual overtly sweet ones.

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