Top Moments from Episode 4 of Holiday Baking Championship

Browse photos from the Holiday Cake-Over episode and find out whose yule log came out on top and which baker was ultimately sent 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.

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

The Great "Fruitcake-Over"

"I've seen enough Christmas movies to know what this is," says Terra upon seeing the bright cellophane-wrapped gifts they're receiving for their pre-heat challenge. Bobby reveals it's fruitcake, one of the most-polarizing holiday treats. "I love me some fruitcake," says Erin, "I look forward to it all year long."

Sweet and Sour Reviews

"My strategy is to make fruitcake for people who don't like fruitcake," says David. His aim is to tone down the sweetness by making a sour lemon sauce to go over his fruitcake bread pudding. Lorraine finds the sauce "overpowering." Duff disagrees, saying it "cuts through all the things we don't like about fruitcake."

Looks Can Be Deceiving

"I am the only home baker at this point," says Naylet, hoping to gain the advantage in the main heat. Inspired by her hometown of Miami, she incorporates butterscotch chips, coconut and macadamia nuts into her bread pudding. Duff gets a kick out of it because "it looks like chili." But Nancy isn't wowed.

Not a Nice Dessert, but a Naughty One

"I don't want to be like everybody else," Terra tells Bobby after he announces he doesn't want to see all bread puddings. Terra turns her fruitcake into a layered trifle with pecans and pumpkin ganache. Nancy doesn't care for the plating, but besides that Lorraine likes the dessert, calling it "a naughty granola."

Hiding the Evidence

"Even though I love fruitcake, I want the judges to taste this and not have any idea that fruitcake is the main ingredient," says Erin. She makes her signature junkyard brownies, the batter of which consists of the fruitcake crumbs. Duff, however, has a confusing critique, calling the texture "'mooshy' not mushy."

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The Baker's Secret Weapon

Winning the advantage in the main heat, Erin discovers she will have the chance to utilize Duff's help for 10 minutes anytime during the two hours they have to reinvent the classic yule log. "Really, she gets another set of hands, professional hands," says Bill, barely containing his envy.

Everything's Better with Bacon

Taking the advice from the judges, who told him "to think outside of the box," Bill decides to turn his yule log savory, featuring candied bacon and a maple buttercream. Bobby is elated to hear that, giving Bill a peck on the cheek to show his gratitude. "I listen, I'm on it, man," says Bill. The judges absolutely love it.

Wasn't This Supposed to Be an Advantage?

For her "yule stump," a layered cake, Erin makes a spiced pound cake and pumpkin buttercream. She has Duff help her sculpt a candle for decoration. "I have never won a single televised competition," Duff playfully offers up the truth. Bobby notes it might actually be a disadvantage" for Erin.

The Leaning Tower of Yuletide

Although she planned to make a yule log, Terra switches gears after the cake crumbles upon rolling. She rushes to finish the "stacked yule log" while the Italian buttercream is still warm, but the dessert starts to lean: "I have this leaning tower of cake," Terra says, placing it in the freezer to chill before completing it.

Nearly Reading a Book by Its Cover

"I'm definitely innovating, because I've never made one before," says Naylet, choosing to make a whimsical, colorful yule log. Despite the judges faulting her for inexperience decorating with fondant, they love her cake. "So the inside of this cake is beautiful. The outside? Not so much," says Lorraine.

Overdone Theatrics

Inspired by seeing the Nutcracker as a young kid, David makes two yule logs to act as a stage for his sugar plum fairy cookies. "Maybe if you didn't do the second yule log ... and decorated one ballerina ... it might have had a bigger impact," Duff says of his decoration. Regarding taste, the comments are mixed.

Unexpected Praise

"Everybody else seems to have done these elaborate cakes, and I'm just not sure if it's going to be enough," says Terra. But she's taken aback when the judges shower her with compliments. "I want to eat this out of a bucket," Duff tells her of the frosting. "You, like, literally made my holiday," says Terra.

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The Christmas Miracle

Bobby names Bill and Terra as the top two bakers in the main heat challenge, but Bobby names Terra as the winner. "Nope. Not a dream. This is real," says Terra. "This is the best holiday gift of the season so far." Bill, on the other hand, is in disbelief, thinking his was the better: "Ah, come on. Really," he wonders.

Not the Impression the Judges Wanted

Erin is safe despite her textural issues, leaving David and Naylet. "I really went the extra mile with this yule log," says David, shocked to find out he's in the bottom two. Despite Naylet's unimpressive presentation, David is eliminated because his "overall visual presentation ... lacked complexity," says Bobby.

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