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Season 1, Episode 3

Say Cheese

Pro and amateur bakers must cobble together a gooey treat by using cheese in fruit cobblers. In round two, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Paulette Goto and host Buddy Valastro find the challenge is twice as nice when rice must be used to find the sweet spot in the winning dish.

Tuesday
May 14
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 2

S'more the Merrier

The surprise ingredient encourages the bakers to think small, as beans must be layered into campfire classic s'mores. Host Lorraine Pascale and judges Damiano Carrara and Damaris Phillips get their vegetable course in round two when zucchini challenges contestants to avoid getting squashed.

Tuesday
May 21
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 4

Corn Utopia

The apple pie battle isn't as easy as pie when a cornucopia of corn options must be featured in this American classic. Host Lorraine Pascale and judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Daphne Oz belly up to the counter in round two, when diner drinks must be served in baked goodies.

Tuesday
May 28
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 6

Lemon Bar Brawl

Contestants turn lemons into lemon bars, and host Buddy Valastro and judges Nancy Fuller and Zac Young get a caffeinated kick as the surprise ingredient of coffee is steeped into the lemony treats. The next round is full of twists, as pretzels challenge the bakers and fakers to avoid getting too salty.

Tuesday
Jun 4
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 5

The Soy of Baking

The bakers try to peel off from the fakers during the banana bread challenge when handling the addition of soy options. In round two, host Lorraine Pascale and judges Amanda Freitag and Zac Young see which of the remaining contestants are dressed for success when salad dressing must be tossed into their desserts.

Tuesday
Jun 11
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 5

Hard Candy Land

The proof is in the pudding for host Buddy Valastro and judges Damaris Phillips and Natalie Sideserf! Pro and amateur bakers alike make hard choices when bread pudding must be infused with hard candies. Then, contestants try not to get boxed-in, as breakfast cereal must be re-purposed into dessert delicacies.

Tuesday
Jun 18
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 8

Marshmallow Meltdown

Good ideas pop up as a cheesecake battle challenges bakers and fakers to augment their desserts with the surprise ingredient of popcorn. Then, host Buddy Valastro and judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Daphne Oz must find a winner when marshmallows create sticky situations for the remaining bakers.

Tuesday
Jun 25
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 2

Brownie Points

The bakers square off and attempt to win over host Buddy Valastro and judges Lorraine Pascale and Zac Young, as classic brownies must be combined with aromatic ginger. Then, will the pros or the amateurs crack under pressure in round two, when the surprise ingredient of crackers must be used in delectable desserts?

Tuesday
Jul 2
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 9

Just Beet It

The competition is layered with complexity during the parfait challenge, as velvety parfaits must mingle with earthy beets. Then, will bakers and fakers feel the wrath of the judges during the grape challenge? Host Lorraine Pascale and judges Carla Hall and Robert Irvine know the winner won't be sour.

Tuesday
Jul 9
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 12

Blondies Have More Fun

Bakers and fakers have more fun during the blondie battle, as the surprise ingredient of bourbon is used to liven up their dishes. Host Lorraine Pascale and judges Sherry Yard and Zac Young find juicy results in round two when melon must be squeezed into elevated desserts.

Tuesday
Jul 16
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 6

All In Oats

Great ideas erupt during the lava cake challenge as the surprise ingredient of lavender soothes some contestants. In round two, oats must be incorporated into sweet treats, and host Lorraine Pascale and judges Paulette Goto and Alex Guarnaschelli attempt to sift out the bakers from the fakers.

Tuesday
Jul 23
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 3

Mango Tango

Challengers try not to crumble during the coffee cake battle when incorporating the surprise ingredient of tropical mangoes. Bakers and fakers play ketchup in round two, when tomatoes in multiple forms must be featured in their desserts. Host Lorraine Pascale and judges Damaris Phillips and Aarti Sequeira know the winning dish will taste divine!

Tuesday
Jul 30
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 7

Cream Puff Tuff

There are no weaklings in the first battle, as both the bakers and fakers are seasoned enough to sprinkle spice rack seasonings into cream puffs. In round two, host Lorraine Pascale and judges Sherry Yard and Zac Young are steeped in expectations when remaining contestants infuse tea into their sweets.

Tuesday
Aug 6
4am | 3c

About the Host

Lorraine Pascale

A highly successful fashion model in the '90s, Lorraine Pascale fronted campaigns for brands including Versace, Donna Karan, Katharine Hamnett and The Gap. The first British black model on the cover of American Elle, she also worked regularly with Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and influential fashion editor Edward Enninful for i-D magazine.

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