Top Moments of Kids Baking Championship, Season 2

Relive all the highs and lows of this kids' competition, including the young bakers' wins and losses.
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Episode 1: Shooting at Duff's Pie Hole

"This pie thing with Duff's face on it? It's just weird," says Jane, who luckily ends up scoring in the game for an advantage in the pie-baking challenge. Colby, on the other hand, misses and isn't able to make his signature blueberry pie, since the fruit is on the advantage table. "I feel so mad right now," he says.

Inventing a New Kind of Pie Filling

"Did I hear lemon curd?" Valerie asks Peggy, who's making a lemon meringue pie. "It's not because I wanted to please you," Peggy tells Valerie and Duff. "It's just my dad's favorite pie." Upon tasting the pie, Duff describes the filling as "somewhere between a soup and a pudding." Valerie coins the word "spudding."

When Things Don't Go As Planned

"I really want this to work," says Alex A., who can't get his chocolate filling to thicken. Seeing him frustrated, Duff comes over to offer some pointers. Although his filling doesn't set, Alex A. presents his pie confidently: "Have some chocolate soup," he tells the judges. In the end, however, he's sent home.

Here's a Pie in Your Eye

"Your pecan pie was so good we couldn't stop eating it," Valerie tells Jane, whom Duff announces as the winner of the challenge. "We could pick someone else if you like," Duff says, seeing that she's too modest to show her excitement. But when given the opportunity, Jane happily shoves a pie in Duff's face.

Episode 2: Getting Wild with Pastries

"We're looking for eclairs gone wild," Valerie tells the remaining nine kid bakers, who each must bake a dozen. But later Duff reveals a twist that catches the kids by surprise: "We also want you to make four cream puffs in the shape of your favorite animal." Ryan says, "I'm going to do a snake that is coiled up."

Seizing Under Pressure

"I've never made an eclair before," says Colby, who fills his with maple-cinnamon pastry cream. But when it's time for him to decorate his eclairs, his pouring fondant seizes. "Just keep going," Valerie tells him as he struggles to finish, using his fingers to apply the fondant to the eclairs. Unfortunately it lands him in the bottom three.

Snail with an Empty Shell

"I was planning on doing a snake, but I changed it to a snail because it looks more like that," Ryan tells Duff and Valerie of his animal cream puffs. But Valerie notices it feels too light. "How could I possibly — oh, my God, there's no cream," Ryan realizes. He ends up in the bottom with Colby and Peggy, and Ryan is sent home.

Sweet-and-Savory Satisfaction

"I hate making pate a choux," says Rebecca, who's filling hers with caramel pastry cream and topping them with candied pecan bacon. "That is a gone-wild eclair," says Valerie before biting in. "Get out!" she shouts after tasting it. Duff can't even speak, wowed by the flavor. Rebecca ends up winning the challenge for going above and beyond.

Episode 3: Planning a Fiery Comeback

"This is my chance to prove that I can do it right," says Peggy, who was in the bottom last week for her chocolate-chile eclairs. This week the challenge actually requires the kids to incorporate hot chiles into a chocolate dessert. "This is an incredibly sophisticated dessert — for an adult," Duff says of Peggy's brownie with raspberry coulis and Sriracha ice cream.

Can't Untaste the Ice Cream Flavor

"This is either going to be disgusting or pretty good," Matthew says of his s'mores brownies and chipotle-hazelnut ice cream, to which he keeps adding more chile powder and hot sauce as he tastes. "There are so many weird flavors in there," Valerie squeals after trying the ice cream. "I know exactly what this tastes like," says Duff, "a pureed hot dog."

Master of Spinning the Sweet Truth

After tossing out one of his cake layers because it stuck to the pan, and frosting the remaining layer down to the wire, Colby tries to explain away his presentation: "As you can see, there's, like, a crumb coat ... but I wanted you to see the chocolate flakes." Duff calls him out for "telling stories." Colby finds himself in the bottom with Jane and Matthew.

Turning Up the Heat Dial

"Two of you made chocolate-and-chile desserts that were balanced and truly delicious," Duff tells Peggy and Yahshimabet, the top two. Peggy is named the week's winner for firing it up. But Jane, Colby and Matthew are in the bottom, and one kid baker must leave the competition. Colby is sent home because his chocolate cake lacked heat.

Episode 4: Stiff Egg Whites, Stiff Upper Lip

"I feel like it's going to take so much time to separate my eggs so I just use liquid whites," Peggy says, making her macarons for the challenge. Unfortunately, she's wrong: She wastes over 30 minutes of time, and the whites don't whip. Duff encourages her to separate some eggs and start over.

The Odds Stacked Against Them

"This one is just plain evil," says Rebecca after the judges announce that the kid bakers have to stack their macarons at least 5 inches tall. Unfortunately, after numerous topples, Rebecca loses it. She's not the only one. In the end Rebecca makes the height requirement, but Peggy, Jane and Emma don't.

Writing His Redemption on the Wall

"This challenge has 'Matthew' written in graffiti on the walls," says Matthew, who, in hopes of redeeming himself from last week, decides to make s'mores macarons. "Food Network stars wish they were this good," he says. Luckily for him, his macarons live up to his promise and he wins the challenge.

"Not Quite a Macaron"

"This is probably one of the worst things I've ever baked," Emma says of her macarons, which she thinks look like "drop cookies, snickerdoodles," anything but macarons. "There's something going on with the structure," Duff says after looking at them. "Technically it's probably not a macaron," he adds. Emma and Peggy end up in the bottom, and Emma is sent home.

Episode 5: Lunchbox Trade Fail

Dealt a lunchbox containing an almond butter-and-strawberry sandwich and pumpkin seeds for the baking challenge, Alex tries to trade with Peggy, but he's turned down. Peggy, however, swaps her walnuts for Matthew's coconut chips. Alex worries when the judges say positive things only about the shortbread cookie in his open-faced ice cream sandwich.

Off-the-Cuff Problem-Solving

Just as Peggy puts her chocolate-zucchini mini Bundts into the oven, Valerie and Duff announce a last-minute ingredient addition. Opening a brown paper bag, Peggy finds carrot sticks. "I should have incorporated it into my cake," she exclaims, but it's too late. On the fly she decides to juice the carrots to create a coconut-carrot ice cream that Duff calls sophisticated.

Rising to the Challenge

"I can't get cocky," says Matthew, on a high from winning last week. "This could be a pretty hard challenge," he says working with an apricot cream cheese roll-up and walnuts. He turns the ingredients into banana-walnut muffins with apricot filling and cream cheese frosting. He and Peggy make it into the top two, but the judges award Peggy, who almost went home last week, with the win.

Baking with a Fighting Chance

"Peanut butter and jelly is just boring," says Jane, who traded with Yahshimabet for her pear-and-cheddar sandwich. "I like a challenge," Jane explains of her reason for trading to Valerie. But her vanilla cupcake with pear filling, mascarpone frosting and cheddar crumble comes off as a slightly odd combination. "They're fighting each other," Valerie says of the cheeses. Jane and Alex end up in the bottom two, and Alex goes home.

Episode 6: Candymonium

"I love candy so much," says Jane, finding out she'll have to bake with at least three candies in her dessert. "I wish candy was really healthy because then I could eat it for every meal," she adds. "I've never used candy in any of my stuff," Peggy reveals, nervously. But one thing's for sure: She's making another ice cream. Duff and Valerie don't think that's very new from her.

Going "Matthew Style"

"This is not a traditional Sachertorte. They took that away from themselves," says Matthew of the twist, which has the kids torching a component. But while beating his meringue, Matthew loses precious time. Luckily Duff tells him to bake in multiple small pans, which works. Both Duff and Valerie love the moist cake, but Duff points out it "is a Sachertorte meets Matthew meets the clock." Still, Matthew wins.

On Fire with Lemon

"They're looking horrible," Rebecca says, seeing her tart shells have fallen in the oven. Yahshimabet also runs into the same issue. Going into rescue mode, Rebecca decides to crumble the crusts to make a parfait with her lemon curd. But Duff and Valerie are skeptical of the bruleed rainbow lollipop topping; upon tasting it, Duff calls it a "nostalgic flavor," and Valerie loves it.

Underbaked and Oversweetened

Unfortunately one of Jane's cake layers turns out underbaked, and she plates only her remaining layer but runs out of frosting while decorating it. "That frosting is super-sugary," Valerie points out. The judges find Yahshimabet's chocolate mousse delicious, but her crust is underbaked and her meringue is uneven. Unfortunately both Yahshimabet and Jane end up in the bottom two, and Jane gets sent home.

Episode 7: Dinner and Dessert Reversal

"I'm really glad it's an imposter challenge and it's not real meat," says Yahshimabet, who must make a dessert that resembles beef skewers. She decides brownies are the way to go. But before she can get far, Duff and Valerie walk out with a twist: a dinner in reverse, savory cupcakes. The hosts worry Yahshimabet's coconut-curry combination won't be savory enough.

Recalling a Childhood Not So Long Ago

Rebecca starts making her corn cupcakes with mashed potato frosting. "It's kind of like the Sunday night dinner," she tells Duff and Valerie, describing how she would eat her sides. "That's like my childhood," she adds. Duff stops her: "So that's your childhood as opposed to now?" She answers with a wink, "Like, two years ago." For her dessert imposter, she makes a BLT.

Getting Whipped Into Shape

"It looks like that butter is whipping you," Valerie tells Matthew when she sees he's having some trouble with his hand mixer, beating the frosting for his savory cupcakes. He retorts, "Maybe it is." Butter continues to fly everywhere in the kitchen, but Matthew seems to have this and his cherry pie lasagna under control for the time being.

Turning a Tortilla Travesty Around

At first Peggy was going to fry tortillas for her nacho dessert, but Duff helps her realize there's nothing different about it. "I'm hoping that I can do sable dough," she says, but it doesn't bake in time. Peggy starts to cry and Valerie goes over to comfort her. Luckily Matthew offers a solution. "Pie crust," he tells her. "You could fry it." So she ends up using deep-fried phyllo dough to represent chips in her nachos.

Choosing the Final 3 for the Finale

"I thought the cupcake was disgusting," Peggy tells Duff and Valerie with a grin after her evaluation, but the two judges don't agree completely. As the only kid baker to make a truly savory cupcake, Rebecca is named the winner of the challenge. Duff and Valerie decide to send Yahshimabet and Matthew through to the finale, and that means Peggy's in the bottom and going home.

Episode 8: Breaking Into Spring Bake Mode

After an egg-separating challenge, Matthew earns the chance to dole out the themes in the final spring break cake challenge, and he gives Yahshimabet the camping theme. "It's not very creative," she says, but she's inspired to create two cakes, one mocha flavored and one chai spiced. But when handed a twist to make curd, Yahshimabet turns out a watery product, and she tries to hide it in her buttercream, which doesn't work.

Tripped Up by Tools of the Trade

Matthew picks the amusement park theme because he thinks it's a challenge — and he's right. Tight on time he switches to making just a roller coaster car instead of the entire ride. Using a fondant sheeter for the first time, he fails twice and ends up rolling fondant by hand to cover his chocolate cake. To color it he grabs the airbrush tool. "It's a good time for me to use it because it's the only option I have left," he says.

Aiming for Bigger and Better

"I'm going to try to make the biggest cake I've ever made," says Rebecca, taking 12 cake pans for herself. For her beach theme, she makes a lemon cake with strawberry buttercream, lemon curds and strawberry curds. Cutting corners, Rebecca sprays her pans with oil; later she ends up prying every cake out with a struggle. But once she assembles her cake, it's towering. "My cake could, like, eat everybody else's cake," Rebecca says.

Two for the Price of One

Yahshimabet's camping-themed cake featured two differently flavored tiers: a chai spice cake with orange curd, white chocolate ganache and orange buttercream for the bottom, and a mocha cake with vanilla buttercream and crushed chocolate espresso beans for the top. Duff and Valerie loved Yahshimabet's flavors, but they found the cake structurally unsound, as the tiers leaned.

In It for the Ride

Matthew presented a chocolate cake with orange curd and vanilla-orange buttercream. For his amusement park theme, he created a roller coaster car topper with a rider made out of marzipan and used red licorice sticks for the tracks. Duff and Valerie found the cake had a feeling of movement, but his design was messy and the cake didn't taste like chocolate.

A Day at the Beach

Rebecca created a three-tier creation with lemon cake alternating with strawberry curd and lemon curd, and strawberry buttercream. For the beach theme, she created fondant cutouts of surfboards, beach towels and starfish, and she made sand from crumbled vanilla wafer cookies. Although Valerie found Rebecca's lemon cake slightly dry, she and Duff loved the flavors.

Naming the Kids Baking Champion

"We were looking for the perfect balance of taste, creativity and execution," Valerie tells the kids, revealing the top two cakes were neck and neck. After reviewing the pros and cons of each cake, Duff names Rebecca the winner of the title and $25,000. Breaking into happy tears, Rebecca says, "I had so much doubt in myself that I wasn't going to do this, and then I did."

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