Top Moments from the Premiere of Spring Baking Championship

Relive highlights from the very first episode's baking challenges and find out which baker was sent home.

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

Flower Power to You

"I'll make a cupcake for Food Network Magazine," says Simone, who, although not a fan of the confection, will gladly whip up a batch in the Pre Heat for a chance to be featured in the magazine's pages. She's the only baker to take the flower inspiration to the next level, folding edible nasturtiums into her buttercream.

Grandmamma Mia!

"I guess there's a first time for everything," says Italian pastry chef Damiano, who's never made cupcakes before. Inspired by his nonna Rosita, he makes rose-inspired cupcakes based on a torta paradiso cake. "Welcome to America," Simone tells him as he tries to adapt his recipe.

Facing the Bitter Truth

"You know, Andy, I don't like cupcakes ... and this is a beautiful little cupcake," says Duff. "It screams spring," he yells into Lorraine's ear. But Nancy and Lorraine find the lavender flavor overpowering, Lorraine adding it's "a tiny bit bitter," which Andy actually was worried about.

Worth Its Weight in Mayo

"I can feel this cupcake is going to be delicious," says Duff, holding up Dwayne's creation as if he were weighing it. To the judge's astonishment, Dwayne reveals his secret ingredient is mayonnaise: "Fat makes everything better," he says. Lorraine also points out how "stunning" his flower decorations are.

Fruit Fight

By winning the Pre Heat, Dwayne goes into the Main Heat with an advantage: He gets to use one fruit exclusively to make his upside-down cake. The others? Well, they just have to fight for what's left. "My strategy is to go for the fruit that everybody knows and loves," he says of picking pineapple.

Upping His Game

"But just for the cake, I should have won," says Damiano, who's going into the challenge more determined than ever, dissatisfied with Dwayne's win. "I need to show [the judges] what I can do, especially with fresh fruit," he says, deciding to poach pears in milk before baking them in the cake.

Judging a Book by Its Cover

Sandy's cake isn't baking in time, so she cuts the top off and scoops out some of the raw batter, returning it to the oven to finish before time is called. "I want to take a picture of this and put it in a book, and call it my own," says Duff before tasting it. Unfortunately, the cake's texture is noticeably off.

The Definition of a Cake

"It's puffed and golden," says Kristine upon removing her clafoutis from the oven, but after flipping it over, she sees "it's flat as a pancake." But will the judges think it adheres to the challenge? "It reminds me of a flan," Nancy says disappointedly. "This is not a cake," Lorraine points out.

Lost in Translation

"What is a flower box?" Duff asks when Chris presents his cake with the title. "It's a box with flowers in it," says Nancy. Not satisfied with the answer, Duff asks Chris, who repeats the same sentence. Duff's excuse: "I was thinking 'flour.'" The judges find the cake is underdone, and Nancy has Chris taste it to confirm.

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The Evidence Speaks for Itself

"It is an iconic-looking upside-down cake," Nancy says upon seeing Juliana's nectarine-and-pear creation. "It even has a little foxhole right there," Duff points out, explaining that the air pockets in the cake are a result of overworking the batter. "It's definitely bagel-y," he says of the chewy texture.

The Top and Bottom Three

Damiano, Dwayne and Simone are in the top three, "but the judges have singled out one baker that impressed them the most," says Bobby, announcing that Dwayne has won. In the bottom three are Juliana, Chris and Kristine. Ultimately the judges decided they couldn't overlook Chris' underbaked cake.

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