A Rookie Mistake Ruins the Cake — Chopped After Hours

Catch an all-new episode of Chopped After Hours, where the judges cook with mystery basket ingredients from the show.
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Chris, Alex and Aaron spice up their desserts with German liqueur.

Chopped Chefs: Aaron Sanchez, Alex Guranaschelli and Chris Santos work on their desserts using the the mystery basket ingredients, as seen on Food Network's Chopped After Hours, Season 24.

Photo by: David Lang ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

David Lang, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Trying to upstage a group of rock stars isn't easy, but when the stage is the Chopped kitchen, judges Chris Santos, Alex Guarnaschelli and Aarón Sanchez definitely have an advantage. After an episode dedicated to rock stars, they took on the wacky dessert basket filled with spiced German liqueur, lemon rolls, rock candy and ginger for an all-new Chopped After Hours.

Aarón immediately starts melting the brightly colored candy down into some of the liqueur. Ted Allen asks, "That's not going to be blue, is it?" Aarón isn't sure, but he says he needs to cut the sweetness a bit by tempering the candy with some cream. Alex is also trying to change the flavor of the liqueur to make a sauce. "I'm actually trying to spice it because I think the spices and the heat from the ginger might just kind of freshen it up a little," she says.

With less than 10 minutes to go, disaster strikes at Chris' station when Ted takes a taste of the chef's microwave cake batter. "It tastes like there's no sugar in it," Ted says. Chris says he put a cup of confectioners' sugar in it, but he realizes seconds later that it was cornstarch. While Chris scraps the batter and starts over, Aarón starts laughing uncontrollably at the rookie mistake. Alex comes to Chris' defense, knowing firsthand the pressure of the Chopped kitchen. "Don't be a hater!" she shouts at Aarón.

Click the play button on the video above to watch the entire After Hours episode and see the dishes Chris, Alex and Aarón created. Then browse behind-the-scenes images for an insider's look at the cooking.

Start a conversation with fellow fans and tell FN Dish in the comments below how you would have approached this basket: What would you make out of spiced German liqueur, lemon rolls, rock candy and ginger?

Catch up on past Chopped After Hours episodes by watching all of the Web-exclusive battles online.

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