Top Moments from Episode 2 of Holiday Baking Championship

Browse photos from the Classic Holiday Flavors episode and find out which competitors won the challenges — and who ultimately went home.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

An Ingredient You Either Love or Hate

With classic holiday flavors as the theme, Bobby reveals the pre-heat challenge will involve eggnog, "one flavor that's so seasonal, so specific to the holidays that it instantly cooks up memories." Although not all of the memories are positive for the bakers, including Bill, who reluctantly is making eggnog French toast.

Swirling Like Never Before

With only one hour, David decides to focus on his specialty, which is cupcakes, however, he's never made eggnog-flavored ones before. "I have faith in you," Bobby tells him. David is swirling two batters together for marble cupcakes. "I'm hoping this risk pays off," he says.

Getting to the Goal Despite the Misgivings

"I just walk the other way whenever I see anything related to eggnog," says Naylet. But since pumpkin is one of her family's favorite seasonal ingredients, she decides to focus on that, baking pumpkin tartlets with swirled eggnog. As the front-runner, Naylet tells Bobby she's more determined than ever to succeed.

Brownies — and Bourbon — Running Through the Veins

"Brownies are a staple in my business," says Terra. "Half of my blood is probably brownie batter," she jokes as she readies to pipe bourbon-spiked eggnog cream into ramekins filled with brownie batter spread over sweet potato-graham cracker crust. She also makes her mamaw's bourbon-spiked eggnog.

Facing the Firing Squad

"Well, I'm a little disappointed," says Nancy upon tasting David's cupcakes. "The frosting is waxy." Lorraine, however, has one positive, pointing out the eggnog flavors are there, but the cake itself "doesn't taste rich and buttery." Duff, however, delivers the bombshell, calling it "relatively pedestrian."

Moving Up from Zero to Hero

"This is a fabulous plate of food," says Lorraine, praising the exterior crust and moist interior of Terra's eggnog-swirled brownie. After a weak showing last week, Terra wins the pre-heat and with it the advantage in the upcoming heat. "Redemption tastes so sweet," she says.

Sugar and Spice, and Everything's Not So Nice

For their main challenge the bakers must incorporate at least three different spices and two kinds of sugars into their creations. Terra's advantage is the exclusive use of a spice grinder. "I can feel the daggers spiking out of people's eyes at me," she says as everyone else learns they must use a mortar and pestle.

Talking the Talk Without Walking the Walk

Erin cuts up a baguette for her spiced bread pudding chocolate souffle. Admitting her dish is complicated, she hopes "to wow the judges." Unfortunately she jinxes herself, burning the caramel sauce three times and remaking the souffle batter twice. "This whole day is like a horror movie," says Erin.

No Challenge Is Too Big or Too Small

"Were you thrown at all by the mortar and pestle?" asks Bobby as he stops by Dante's station. "Oh, I destroyed it," replies Dante, motioning to his perfectly pulverized outcome. He gloats, "My spices, I'd say were even finer than the spice grinder." He's baking his specialty pistachio hamantaschen.

Simple Is As Simple Does

Taking the theme literally, Punky decides to bake gingerbread kids. "This recipe is like my oldest friend from Christmas," she says. The texture of the cookies isn't as crispy as she'd hoped, but Punky carries on, decorating them simply. "This might be a real stretch for the judges," she admits.

Can't Go Wrong with a Classic

"Caramelizing of the sugar on top of the creme brulee is the fun part that everybody gets a kick out of," says Bill, who, in sticking to the challenge, has given the classic French dessert a holiday twist with a spiced cream. He doesn't disappoint the judges, who have nothing but good things to say.

Get the Recipe: Three Spice Creme Brulee

Trying for a Repeat Victory, but Done In by a Single Bite

First to present is Naylet, who's under pressure to impress after winning last week. She offers the judges her cakelets with spiced fruit compote. "It's excellent," Nancy blurts out, jumping ahead of Duff. He exclaims, "You can't say that before I've had a bite." Unfortunately he bites on a piece of clove.

Playing It Safe vs. Playing for the Win

Dante, David and Bill are in the top three, with the judges handing Bill the win. Punky and Erin end up in the bottom two, as Duff explains: "Punky struggled because she didn't strive. Erin really strove." And it's that level of ambition, which Bobby points out, that saves her. With that, Punky is eliminated.

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