Top Moments from the Finale of Spring Baking Championship

See highlights from the finale, which had the bakers presenting dessert bars and creating wedding cakes. Plus, find out who won the $50,000.

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

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

The Final Bake, The Final Three

"The three of you have truly earned your place in this finale," says Bobby, welcoming Dwayne, Damiano and Andy. "It's going to be a showdown," Damiano says. "Springtime is also wedding season," Bobby continues, so for the Pre Heat, the bakers must create a wedding dessert bar with three different items.

Revving Up His Engine

"I am a machine today, a perfect machine that works and is calibrated. I am a Ferrari today." Damiano recites this mantra to himself as he layers his gluten-free chocolate cake with white, milk and dark chocolate creams in jam jars. "I'm sorry, people, you've got no chance," he says as he finishes.

Friendly Firing Up

"I want to show him once how to win this competition," Andy says of Damiano. "I'm just looking at what you're doing and I'm just copying you," he says to push his buttons as he goes over to Damiano's station to borrow some pistachios. "That's what it looks like," Damiano retorts. 

Quietly Plotting His Comeback

"I'm from the South. We have country weddings all the time," says Dwayne as he makes his chocolate-banana bread pudding. Because he has limited time to soak the bread, he mashes it into the custard. He's so focused that when Andy breaks his silence, Dwayne answers, "I'm just doing a little baking."

The Judges' Tough Love

Andy offers the judges his cream puffs, fruit tarts and pistachio sandwich cookies. "I would have liked the cookie by itself," Nancy says, disliking what Duff calls a "gummy" pistachio filling. Lorraine thinks it's not a "10 out of 10" compared with the other two treats. Despite the mixed comments, Andy wins the round.

The Biggest Test of Their Skill

"Mamma mia!" Damiano cries, clasping his hands, when Bobby reveals the Main Heat: a wedding cake challenge. With the advantage, Andy can choose his flavor as well as the ones for his competitors. "I'm going to give [Dwayne] the one I feel is most difficult," says Andy, giving him chocolate and keeping vanilla for himself.

Lemon Leaves a Sour Note for Some

For his cake, Damiano has to use lemon, a flavor he's worked successfully with before. "I'm going to use limoncello, because it's the best flavor of my country," he says, making his big batch of curd filling. "In hindsight, it's not too smart giving an Italian a lemon cake," Andy says, regretting his decision.

Banking on a Triple Threat of Flavor

"This cake is where it all started," Andy says. He explains that he's making a recipe similar to the one he made for his own wedding: a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and vanilla mousse filling. But Bobby catches him off-guard when he asks him what winning would mean. "I'm here for my family," Andy says through tears. 

With a Spring in His Step

"I really want this cake to feel springy and earthy all at the same time," Dwayne says of his decision to cover the chocolate cake in pale green fondant, which Andy praises him for. "You can't win big unless you play big, brother," responds Dwayne, hoping his hard work doesn't go unnoticed.

Frosting Frustrations

"I am trying to frost this cake for the past 40 minutes," says Damiano in frustration. Instead he covers it in rosettes. "I'm surprised it's not the Tower of Pisa," he admits of his first wedding cake. Nancy appreciates that "it's not so traditional." But Duff doesn't like Damiano's choice of American buttercream frosting.

Validation from the Master

"What is Duff going to say?" worries Dwayne as he gets emotional in front of the judges. For him as "a small-town baker," this big opportunity has meant a lot, he explains. "You've shown a whole different aspect of who you are as a pastry chef in this very last heat," Duff tells him, which is all Dwayne had hoped to hear.

You Can't Please Everybody All the Time

"I'm second-guessing myself," says Andy about going all vanilla. He's proud of his abstract design, though, saying, "I'm really glad I saved the sugar work for this challenge." "I absolutely love it," says Nancy, who agrees with Lorraine that he's pulled off the triple vanilla flavor. "It's kind of a one-note sort of thing," Duff disagrees.

Life-Changing Moments

"One cake excelled in design, technique and flavor," Bobby tells the bakers, pausing before announcing that Andy has won. "This is the best thing ever," says Andy. The others leave with words of thanks. "Spring Baking Championship really pushed me," says Damiano. And Dwayne acknowledges his chef-mentors.

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