Worst Bakers in America: Craziest Baking Moments

Relive the strangest and most-hilarious moments from Boot Camp, and find out which bakers get eliminated each week.

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Episode 8: Focusing and Refocusing on the Prize

"There's $25,000 on the line and my reputation," Lorraine reminds Carla before sending her recruit off to prep three desserts for the finale. "You've got to stay nice and calm for me," Carla tells her mentor. But as soon as Carla starts to lose focus, Lorraine snaps her back. "I never did this much work in my whole entire life," Carla jokes as she runs around the kitchen. "You better run," Lorraine tells her. "I need a double — somebody skinny," Carla wails.

Tough Love for a Reason

Samantha realizes it's a lot to pull off three desserts. "It's going to be long and painful and lots of this cute bald man yelling in my ear," she says. All the while, Duff is reminding her of all the steps and shortcuts she's forgetting to take while prepping her recipes. "If there's too much to do on day two, Sam's going to lose it," Duff says, purposely being hard on his recruit now so he can keep her calm the following day.

"Flavor Diva" but Decorating Disaster

Carla may be great with flavor, but Lorraine knows decorating is a different story. She keeps directing Carla on how to frost the rainbow cake. "Just on the edges," says Lorraine. "I've said it three times." But when it comes to Carla covering it with fondant, it goes all wrong. "These hands were not made for no fondue-ant," says Carla. When it tears, they have no choice but to scrap it. "Now you've given yourself loads of work to do tomorrow," Lorraine says, disappointedly.

Plenty of Pie Problems

"I'm feeling like the champion of all champions today," says Carla on finale day. Samantha talks some smack, though. "I'm going to beat the brakes off of Carla so I can go, 'Ka-pow!" she says. But pretty soon problems arise: After whipping up mascarpone to top her chocolate pie, Samantha finds some plastic in the cream. And Carla has trouble piping meringue onto her lemon pie. "It's really hard to keep these peaks stiff," says Carla. "They look like stiff something elses."

Doughnut Don'ts

"I know my glaze is clumpy," Samantha says while preparing the swirled orange-and-pink white chocolate to cover her doughnuts. Duff recommends she torch it to see if the lumps come out, but it doesn't work. Carla's not without issues either: She finds her doughnuts are still raw inside. "If I'm going to lose $25,000 over some doughnuts, I'm going to go nuts," she says. Luckily she has extra dough to fry a new and more successful batch.

No Fun with Fondant; Success with Sprinkles

"All I can think about is that fondue mess," says Carla, still not getting the name correct. "I'm going to lose, I know for a fact," she tells Lorraine, afraid to even attempt decorating her cake with fondant again. "Alright, we're going to come up with another plan," says Lorraine, pointing out some colorful sprinkles. "She knows how much I like the bling-bling," says Carla, reassured by the new plan.

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Crowning Cake Achievements

"Cake Y should be on top of a Mardi Gras float," says guest judge Zac Young of Carla's cake, which he and his fellow two judges find stronger in flavor than cake X, which is Samantha's tie-dye cake. After deliberating on the recruits' pies, doughnuts and cakes, the judges award Carla the win. "We did it," Carla howls while hugging her mentor. "Congratulations, little underdog," Lorraine tells her, reminding Carla she also leaves with $25,000. "Life is pretty sweet," says Carla.

Episode 5: Pastry Pronunciation Problems

"I can't even pronounce them," says David upon seeing tables filled with French pastries. He adds a few words to the title of the game the recruits must play: "Name That Pastry — with a French Pretentious Name." He runs into a wee issue when his pants start falling off, but he carries on. "It's not bad for two people who don't know what they're doing," David says when he and Samantha earn four points for their team.

Underhanded Cheating

The Red Team's Stephanie starts to sneakily figure out what the correct answers are by watching the developments on the Blue Team side. But no one can figure out what a mille-feuille — or, as the Blue Team calls it, "milly fanilly" — is. The Red Team wins the challenge. In case the game wasn't enough of a hint, the recruits will be making eclairs in the Skill Drill, but with an animal theme.

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

"Go make a belt — nobody wants to see that," Duff yells at David, who's having another technical difficulty. "This is the most-humiliating experience in my life, and Duff is enjoying it a little too much," David says. Luckily, some plastic wrap does the trick. Presenting his subway-rat eclairs to Duff, David jokes, "They did not survive a nuclear winter." Duff agrees, saying, "Are they a bit busted up? Yeah," but he finds them delicious. David wins the challenge.

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Rivals for Their Mentor's Attention

"When it comes to flavor, I have never wowed Lorraine," says Stephanie, who's making a coffee walnut cake with cinnamon buttercream for her 3-D dog cake in the Main Heat challenge. "She knows her cake was nasty the last time," Carla says under her breath when Stephanie asks to know what flavor Carla's making. But if either wants a spot in the finale, she'll have to do her best to please Lorraine. "I look at Carla and I've got her beat as far as decorations," says Stephanie.

It's What's on the Inside That Counts

"I like how it's coming out the side," Duff says when he visits David, who still couldn't manage a pastry bag if his life depended on it. "This is what happens when French bulldogs' mothers drink," David says to explain his dog cake's appearance to Duff. But Samantha isn't much better off — she initially put her dog's eyes where its ears were supposed to be. "I knew it was a French bulldog," Duff tells David. "Then I look like Brad Pitt," says David in disbelief. But Duff loves the flavors.

When Flavor Trumps Decor

"I know decoration is not your forte," Lorraine tells Carla upon seeing her Chihuahua cake. "Right. I prayed the whole time," Carla retorts. It may not be a pretty sight, but Lorraine appreciates the unique nut and star anise flavors, which surprisingly work. She chooses to take Carla to the finale instead of Stephanie, whose cake was lacking in flavor. "You need to bring it," Lorraine tells her last recruit.

Choosing the Most-Stable Competitor

"Man, your chocolate cake is moist," Duff tells Samantha about her Pomeranian cake, but he feels her peanut butter buttercream is too sweet. Despite David's growth over the weeks, Duff points out that he's like a mad scientist: His flavors are always great, but his decorations are always a gamble. Duff chooses to take Samantha to the finale. "Carla, I am coming for you," says Samantha, ready for the final battle.

Episode 4: Facing Fears Head-On

"I hate fruit," David says when he learns he must participate in a pie-eating contest without using his hands. He ends up losing the first round to Carla, who correctly guesses coconut cream pie. "Did you ever get a facial? Well, it feels like that," explains David. "This is amazing," says Duff, taking a picture of his recruit's face covered in cream. "I hate you," David tells him.

Dressed to Impress for Any Occasion

"You're perfectly dressed for a country fair," Lorraine tells Carey, who's wearing a smoking jacket. "You're going to sweat the velvet right off of that jacket," his opponent, Carla, warns him. She wins another one for the Red Team. "I just want to go somewhere and think about my life choices," says Carey, embarrassed. But he redeems himself when he is paired with Stephanie and guesses correctly.

It's All in the Eye of the Beholder

"I'm not going to creep people out with it," says Carey of the direction for his berry and citrus pie for the pie-making challenge. "My decoration theme is the great baking god Carius Carius, and it's a big circle like the sun with smiling eyes," he explains. "Hold on a minute," says Lorraine, putting the pie next to Duff's face. "Is that me?" Duff asks. "It's creepy-looking, but it's not bad," he says after tasting it.

Realizing Unrealized Pie Potential

"This is like something out of a nightmare," says David, avoiding tasting any of his cranberry, apple, raisin and almond pie filling, which reminds him of the film Carrie. "A for effort," says Duff, who actually enjoys the flavor. But Lorraine isn't a fan of the whole almonds. "Someone's playing a cruel, cruel joke," says David when he finds out his pie is in the top two with Carla's. But Carla wins the challenge.

Happy on the Outside, Sad on the Inside

"Do you remember me putting my dough in the refrigerator?" Duff asks. He berates Carey for making a big mistake when proofing his doughnut dough for the Main Bake. "Yeah, nice, warm, toasty environment," Lorraine jokes. Surprisingly, the doughnuts turn out well. "This is the happiest, most non-creepy thing I've seen you make," Duff says. Sadly they don't taste anywhere near as good as they look, and Carey's sent home.

Distracted Doughnut Making

"I'm sashaying, I'm moving, I'm grooving, I'm dancing to the music in my mind," Carla says, not realizing she's annoying everyone in Boot Camp. "The Blue Team has been fitted out with a tranq dart. So if Carla starts getting on your nerves, just one dart to the neck," Duff explains sarcastically. Lorraine warns her recruit to sashay less after she finds Carla missed plating a doughnut hole.

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When the Dessert Whisperer Doesn't Listen

"Chef Mummy Lorraine is really, really on me," says Anthony, who feels he's short-circuiting from all the instructions she's shouting at him. When it gets down to the wire, Anthony starts looking to see what his fellow recruits are doing, which concerns Stephanie, who feels he's copying her. He's sent home for malformed doughnuts. Anthony leaves, promising to pay better attention to the "delicates."

Episode 3: Picking the Best of the Worst

"I need you to choke him," Carey instructs the couple whom he's modeling a wedding cake topper after for the recruits' initial challenge. He's giving the fondant creation an unintentional cartoonish look. "Nobody's looks like mine," he says. "What is this freakish nightmare?" Duff asks him. But in the end, couple Annie and Tim choose Carey's as their favorite topper, from among much worse.

Accidental Brownie Triumph

"I'm going to be the first one in the oven," Judy says excitedly, making her brownie cheesecake batter for the Skill Drill challenge, but then Duff points out that her flour is still on her counter. After a litany of curses, she decides to wing adding the flour to her batter. Except for finding parchment paper in his brownie, which he explicitly warned the recruits about, Duff finds Judy's brownie the best on the Blue Team. "If nothing else, I won one challenge," Judy says.

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Botched Birthday Cake

Carey and Carla are both making a birthday cake for the same client, Pete, in the Main Bake. "I am not going to lose to scary Carey," Carla affirms. But after losing with his brownies earlier, Carey hopes his decoration will be his redemption. "Honestly, it looks chopped up," Pete tells him of the fondant work. It's not any better on the inside, so Pete picks Carla's cake over Carey's, and Carey ends up in the bottom.

Done In by Underdone Cake

"I am feeling amazing," says Stephanie — that is, until she sees that one of her cakes is raw in the center. She has no choice but to scrap it. "If you're doing two layers, it's got to be amazing," Lorraine advises. "I do feel a little cheated," client Jeannie says, but Duff thinks Stephanie made the best cake. Jeannie chooses Samantha's cake instead. Samantha wins the challenge, and Stephanie ends up in the bottom.

Rivalry Between Recruits

"There is no freaking way that you can beat me in this challenge," Lizzy says to David, whom she's been paired up with in the challenge. "I have no patience for children," says David, whose client happens to be a young girl. The client, Avi, chooses David's cake as her favorite. "It's very smooth when you take a bite," she says. Lizzy ends up in the bottom two and is sent home.

Going Out on a High Note

"Judy's fondant looks like the shawl of a ghost," Duff says, seeing his recruit struggling. "It's OK to laugh, Duff," she tells him, hoping to make her decoration work no matter what. "I know that if I was the judge, I'd be in the bottom two," she admits. Unfortunately, Lorraine gets an eggshell in her piece of Judy's cake. Client A.C. ends up choosing Anthony's cake over Judy's. Anthony wins the challenge, and Judy goes home.

Episode 2: Realist's Point of View

"I'm not into Halloween. I work at a cemetery. I'm into realism," says Carey upon seeing Boot Camp decked out for the hallowed holiday. He has no choice but to participate in Duff and Lorraine's Sniff the Spooky Box game. "No good can come out of sniffing a hole with blindfolds on," he says, unable to guess the ingredient, as Jesse correctly guesses peanut butter.

Carla's Delusions of Bobby

"Carla, stay off my side of the kitchen," Duff yells at the Red Team recruit, who's stealing a bowl from the Blue Team's pantry as she gathers supplies for her cake pops in the Skill Drill challenge. "You can't talk to me like that — I'm Bobby Flay's girl," Carla tells him. "Don't let me have Bobby Flay come see you," she warns him. "If Bobby wants a throwdown, I'll give him a throwdown," Duff retorts.

Cake Pops or Cake Balls?

"I have no idea what anything is, except pumpkin pie," says Ryan, perusing the pantry and deciding on the flavor for his cake pops. "How big are your balls?" David asks him, noticing Ryan's making snowball-size pops. "My balls are going everywhere," Ryan says, laughing as they fall apart. The kid taste testers don't find Ryan's cake pops good at all. "To have kids say that you suck? Not cool," says Ryan.

Lorraine, Coach and Counselor in One

"Thank God I remember all my ingredients this time," says Lizzy, who feels she's doing better in this Main Dish round. But when Lorraine does a 30-minute time call, Lizzy realizes she's left a cup of flour out of her cupcake batter. "Once again I am a total mess," says Lizzy. Lorraine comes down to comfort her: "Be calm, you've got it," she tells her. In the end, Lorraine finds Lizzy has the best-tasting frosting.

Accidental Switcheroo

"I'm creating a vanilla buttercream cupcake from my soul," says Carey, calling the cupcakes heavenly when he sees them baked. But when Ryan thinks Carey took his batch, the two teammates switch. However, Carey is sure they're not his. "I knew those nasty little half-baked cupcakes were not mine," he says, snatching back his pan. Upon tasting them, Duff is nearly speechless: "I'm just trying to figure out where you hid the pastry chef," he says. Ryan, unfortunately, ends up in the bottom two.

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Frantic and Fanatical

"I'm kind of figuring this out as I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off," says Jesse as he's making cupcakes, a dessert he has a bad reputation for. "I think I'm going to make a bloody baseball, because I got smoked in the head when I was little and I have a scar from it," he says to explain his concept, for which he's making movie blood by using corn syrup and red food coloring. Lorraine finds it too sweet, and he ends up in the bottom two.

Unexpected Wins

Judy's clown cupcakes put her in the bottom on the Blue Team next to Ryan, and Anthony ends up in the bottom on the Red Team with Jesse. The wins this week go to Carla for a creative decoration and a flavorful cupcake. And David's witch cupcakes earn him the win, with Duff calling his baking thoughtful and his cupcakes delicious. Ryan and Jesse are sent home.

Episode 1: Eggs-tra Unnerved

"Is this a recipe or a novel? Why is there so many words?" Kimberly asks after she's given a cheesecake recipe to replicate for the team selection challenge. But her biggest stopping block may just be her fear of eggs. I think a baby chicken is in there and he's saying, 'Let me out, let me out,'" she explains as she apologizes to each egg she breaks, while feeling nauseated. Duff ends up choosing Kimberly.

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Inventing a Mex-French Dessert

"It's giving birth," says David, as he's piping cream puffs for his croquembouche, except his batter has come out too loose. "I love a croquembouche, and that certainly is not one," says Lorraine of David's pastries. "It looks like nachos," says Duff, "croquem-nachos." Duff ends up choosing David for his team.

Dancing Bakers or Baking Dancers

"I like to remix recipes," admits Shante, who decides to wing the procedure for her hummingbird cake. Before long she's distracted from the task at hand and starts dancing. "This isn't Dancing with the Stars," Duff yells at her. "I can entertain you all day long," she says, breaking out a salsa move. "I don't want to have a problem differentiating between the picture and the bake," Lorraine reminds her.

The Best of the Worst

"I have never been so scared to eat food," Lorraine admits as she and Duff look at all the bakers' offerings. They pick Lizzy's flag cake as the best match with the recipe picture. But when digging into the center, Lorraine and Duff find the middle is undercooked. "Lorraine, you can pick first," Duff says and offers up Lizzy for the Red Team. "The cake — it's actually a rectangle," says Lorraine, optimistic about her recruit.

Not Really That Delicate

"We're going to get it on," says Anthony, talking to his ingredients. He calls them "delicates." While he's mixing the batter for his birthday cake, the bowl suddenly breaks. "He did that to get sympathy," Kimberly alleges. Duff puts a stop to the commotion: "You guys sound like a bunch of fifth-graders after recess," he yells. Although Lorraine likens Anthony's frosting to "cat vomit," she chooses him for her team.

Good Luck for the 5th Time

"What are you doing?" Lorraine asks Carla when she sees the recruit throwing flour behind her back. "It's flour for good luck," says Carla. "Is it?" Lorraine asks, confused. "Here are cookies inspired by my fifth wedding," says Carla, presenting her cookies. "I am suitably impressed," says Lorraine, complimenting her recruit on the color and texture. Carla makes it to next week, but her teammate Shante isn't so lucky.

Externalizing His Internal Feelings

"I like to imagine myself in mythical ways with a heart as strong as a bull and a soul as bold as the yellow sun," says Carey, presenting his cookies as symbolic representations of his personality. "And what flavor is that?" Duff asks, nearly cracking up. It turns out they're lemon and orange. "You made a delicious cookie kind of by accident," says Duff. Carey gets a pass to next week, but Kimberly is sent home.

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