Recipes from Spring Baking Championship, Season 2

See what seasonal treats the bakers created for the challenges, and get the recipes.

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Bacon-Jalapeno-Cheddar Cornbread, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Sandwich, Malted Blondies with Crushed Pretzels

Faced with cooking groomsmen's treats for the Pre Heat, Jane was the only baker who the judges felt successfully made a manly spread, which included individual cheddar cornbreads, peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies, and malted blondies with pretzels. For this the judges awarded her the win.

Hawaiian Lei Wedding Cake

Jane was the least-experienced among her fellow bakers in making wedding cakes. Despite that she pulled off a successful tropical cake for her Hawaiian theme. Although the judges thought Jane's cake could have looked more Hawaiian, they were won over by her flavors of passion fruit, coconut and rum.

Get the Recipe: Hawaiian Lei Wedding Cake

Vanilla-Brown Butter Cake with Spring Fruit and Berry Compote, Mint Oil and Toasted Marshmallow Sauce

Eager to finally win a challenge, Kenny earned himself high praise for his brown butter cake for the Mother's Day gifting Pre Heat. Given a perfume bottle to use as inspiration, Kenny took the challenge literally and created an isomalt dropper filled with a mint oil.

Get the Recipe: Vanilla-Brown Butter Cake with Spring Fruit and Berry Compote, Mint Oil and Toasted Marshmallow Sauce

Whiskey- and Bitters-Infused Chocolate Cake with Bitters-Orange Marmalade Ice Cream

Not shy when it comes to utilizing bourbon and whiskey in her desserts, Jane was excited to see bitters as an option for the Main Heat, which required the bakers to pair chocolate with an unpredictable ingredient. The judges chose her chocolate cake as their favorite.

Get the Recipe: Whiskey- and Bitters-Infused Chocolate Cake with Bitters-Orange Marmalade Ice Cream

Summer Squash Tart with Mascarpone Cream Cheese Filling

Having to incorporate a vegetable into a dessert isn't necessarily a natural thing to do. But when faced with that Pre-Heat challenge, Jane roasted sliced summer squash, which she used to top individual mascarpone tarts. The results were pleasing enough to earn her a third win this season.

Get the Recipe: Summer Squash Tart with Mascarpone Cream Cheese Filling

Candied Bacon and Pecan Meringue Tart with Coffee Frozen Custard

Savory aspects to desserts are a welcome surprise, but incorporating bacon, eggs and coffee? That was the Main Heat challenge for the bakers. And Dan pulled it off perfectly in the form of individual tarts, served with a coffee ice cream that Duff couldn't stop praising. It's Dan's second win of the season.

Get the Recipe: Candied Bacon and Pecan Meringue Tart with Coffee Frozen Custard

Honey Butterscotch Fondue with Salted Pecan Cookies

Faced with making a dessert fondue and a dipper, Jane created a butterscotch fondue that used her favorite ingredient, Scotch. For her dipper, she went a semi-savory route by salting the cookies. The pairing earned her the Pre Heat win.

Get the Recipe: Honey Butterscotch Fondue with Salted Pecan Cookies

Lemon-Rosemary Olive Oil Cake with Blackberry-Raspberry Ice Cream and a Black Sea Salt Sugar Cookie

For the Main Heat challenge, Jane decided to pull off three components for her rainbow dessert. Not a fan of food coloring, she attempted to use naturally colorful ingredients, such as lemon to represent yellow. But she resorted to sprinkling her cookies with blue sugar and black salt. Despite her lack of color, Jane won.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Olive Oil Cake with Blackberry-Raspberry Ice Cream and a Black Sea Salt Sugar Cookie

Dessert Nachos

After receiving nachos as her assigned dish in the ballpark-themed Pre Heat in Episode 2, Audrey pulled off a very pleasing plate of dessert nachos with chocolate cake standing in for ground beef and matcha ice cream for guacamole. Her dish hit a home run with the judges.

Brownie "Ribs" and Crispy Rice "Corn on the Cob" with Drunk Cherry BBQ Sauce

The dessert impostors didn't stop there. The Main Heat required the bakers to make BBQ-inspired desserts. With BBQ ribs and corn on the cob as her inspiration, Audrey managed to create one of the best-looking impostors that also tasted great: brownies and crispy treats.

Caramelized Peach and Mascarpone Shortcake

Challenged with making a berry-less shortcake in Episode 1, Dan used peaches. Inspired to put a twist on the traditional biscuit type of shortcake, Dan instead created a genoise that he cut into rounds to sandwich the dessert. It earned him the win in the Pre Heat challenge.

Almond Cake with Key Lime Buttercream and Raspberry Compote

Unfortunately due to an injury, Susana wasn't able to participate in the Pre Heat. So she was determined to bring her best to the Main Heat challenge, which had the bakers making trendy naked cakes. Her white chocolate work impressed the judges on first sight, but her flavors ensured her win.

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