Top Moments from Buddy Vs Duff

Relive the most decadent baking challenges and over-the-top cake creations from the competiton.

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Let the Baking Games Begin

The time has finally come for two of baking's biggest names to compete and see who truly is the king of cake! Each week, Buddy and Duff will tackle a baking challenge and a cake decorating challenge. "We're kicking this competition off here in LA, because we've both got bakeries here, Buddy said. "No home field advantage."

Family Dessert Showdown

The competition will be judged by Sherry Yard, an award-winning pastry chef and executive pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck. For the first Bake-Off, Buddy and Duff will make their signature family desserts.

An Apple a Day

Duff's signature family dessert is his great-grandmother’s apple strudel. "My great-grandmother came over from the Ukraine," Duff said. "This was one of the recipes that she brought with her."

Italian Pastry Time

Buddy's signature family dessert is the Italian lobster tail. "The lobster tail is probably regarded as the most difficult Italian pastry to make," Buddy said. "It's important for me to come out on top for this first Bake-Off, because I want to set the tone. I want Duff to know what it's like to start losing."

Stretching Strudel

"Strudel dough is really hard to get correct," Duff said. "You have to mix it right, you have to stretch it right. When you bite into strudel, it explodes into a thousand tiny, little crispy pieces. There is no other way to get that texture in your mouth except for having super-thin dough. You have to be able to read a newspaper through the dough."

Boss Technique

"My lobster tail is unique and different, because it's filled with pate a choux, cream puff mix," Buddy said. "This is definitely a Buddy mastery technique," Sherry said.

On the Sweet Side

After three hours of intense baking, it was time to taste. In addition to Sherry, Buddy and Duff's families would also be tasting the desserts. Buddy's lobster tail was up first. "This is incredible. The cream is unctuous and lovely," Sherry said. "Really, really well done. The only thing I would say, it's a little on the sweet side."

Too Tart?

Next up was Duff's strudel. "I'm really starting to sweat," he said. "Fat always beats fruit. You can't put tart up against sweet." "The dough is so crispy and caramelized through and through," Sherry said. "The filling, even though it's cooked, the flavor is so bright. My only criticism would be, it might be a touch too tart."

Loving the Lobster Tail

After tasting both desserts, it all came down to technique, and the pate a choux in Buddy's lobster tail snagged him the win in the first Bake-Off. "Angels made that pastry dough," Sherry said. "I won the first one, and I'm gonna keep on coming for you," Buddy said.

Fast N' Loud Birthday

For the first Cake-Off, Buddy and Duff met Fast N' Loud host Richard Rawlings at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Their challenge was to make a cake to celebrate Richard's 50th birthday.

Los Angeles Lowrider

Of course, an over-the-top birthday cake for Richard Rawlings has to have something to do with cars, but Duff also wanted to embrace where the party was happening. "I'm thinking what I want to do is very LA," Duff said. "Lowrider. Some of the paintjobs are good."


"What else does that mean?" Duff's sous Geof asked. "Hydraulics," Duff responded with a twinkle in his eye.

See Duff's Lowrider Cake Come Together : Buddy Vs Duff: Making Cakes with the Ace of Cakes

Happy Hot Rod

Buddy and his sous, Ralph, decided to go for an exaggerated hot rod cake. "Our plan is to make a cake to show who Richard is and what he's all about," Buddy said. "We want to make a nice, big hot rod with a cool sculpture of him driving it."

See Buddy's Hot Rod Cake Come Together : Buddy Vs Duff: Making Cakes with the Cake Boss

Party Time

Back at the Peterson Auto Museum, it was time for Richard's birthday party and time to see Buddy and Duff's cake creations. Duff was up first.

Day of the Lowrider

Richard and Sherry were both impressed by all the intricate detail and hand-painted elements of Duff's cake. "The hand-painted works of art and the engine really made those details come to life," Sherry said. Even more impressive was the suggestion of a hydraulic lift, but unfortunately that didn't work as planned. "What's the point of making a lowrider if you can't make it bounce?" Geof asked.


"I'll give it to Duff," Buddy said. "His car had some nice detail work but wait until Richard sees our cake!"

Hot Shot Hot Rod

"Unbelievable!" Richard said as Buddy and Ralph rolled their hot rod cake out. "You care the car boss, I am the cake boss, and I had to make a car fitting of the boss," Buddy said.

"If I was a little kid and I got that cake, I would be stoked," Duff said. "It's big, it's cartoonish. Our cakes are just a little more subtle."

Judgement Day

Now it was up to Richard and Sherry to decide which baker took the cake, but the final decision was up to Sherry. "I really like this cake. It has that 'wow' factor," Sherry said. "There are some criticisms here. If you look at the treads, they're a little uneven. As a car buff myself, I'd like it a little more in detail. Less cartoon."

"This thing is super cool," Richard said of Duff's cake. "He nailed it on so many different angles from the car perspective." "All the detail is incredible," Sherry said. "It must have taken him hours. There are a few digs. It's not seamless."

Loving the Lowrider

"The execution on both was amazing," Sherry said, "but they both had issues. Duff's hydraulics didn't work and there were some visible cracks and Buddy's cake had some visible seams as well. This time for me, it came all down to detail. Today, Duff, you're the winner. It was truly your artistry that won me over."

Time-out

Almost immediately after hearing the results, Buddy walked off set.

Back with a Vengeance

After a few minutes off set, Buddy returned to the party. "I have a lot of respect for Duff and Geof," Buddy said. "I got robbed, but I am not a sore loser. I came in with the intention to win. I'm back, guns blazing."

Carnival Treats

After an explosive first week of competition, week two started off at the Santa Monica Pier. Buddy and Duff had to make carnival treats for 50 customers.

Hoboken Zeppoles

"When I think of carnival, I think of zeppoles," Buddy said. Instead of simply making his classic zeppoles, which are rolled in powdered sugar, Buddy made three. The classic, one stuffed with chocolate hazelnut spread and the third with an orange glaze and filled with cannoli cream."

Frozen Love Treats

For his carnival-inspired creation, Duff wanted to feature not one, not two, not even three, but as many techniques as possible. "I lost the first baking challenge, because Buddy had more techniques than me," Duff said. "I'm making waffle cones from scratch. I'm going to fill the bottom with milk chocolate and peanuts. Then I'm making dulce de leche ice cream. Then on top of that, little frozen ice cream balls. Whipped cream. Some sprinkles. A cherry. Then garnished with a rainbow funnel cake. There's no way Buddy is going to be able to top this."

Judging Peers on the Pier

Joining Sherry at the judges' station was YouTube star Hannah Hart and Chef Keegan Gerhard who will remain as a judge for the remainder of the competition.

Taste Over Technique

"This challenge was so difficult to judge, because you had old world and crazy carnival creativity against one another," Sherry said. After tasting and judging both treats, Buddy walked away with the win, just edging out Duff on flavor. "I was nervous, because Duff really brought his A game. He did a lot of technique, but when you've got fried, warm dough, it's hard to beat."

Aarti's Bollywood Party

This week's Cake-Off challenge was for a Bollywood-themed party being hosted by celebrity chef Aarti Sequeria. "In New Jersey and New York, we have a huge Indian population," Buddy said. "If there's one thing I know, it's Bollywood."

Golden Elephant

"Let's make a tiny, little gold elephant," Duff suggested. "I think it'll be cool to see a tiny, little elephant next to whatever Buddy makes. He's gonna make something big, and the bigger it gets, the sloppier it gets."

Buddy's Bollywood

"Details, embellishments, metallics, reds, magentas, golds. Flashy," Buddy brainstormed. Buddy wanted to include a variety of Bollywood elements into a multi-tiered cake. "I want to show depth here. I want to show them that we can use molds, we can use cake lays or we can pipe it. We can bring it any way they want it."

Decadently Detailed

"Oh my gosh. I can't believe that's a cake," Aarti said when Duff rolled his golden elephant out. "It looks like a statue." "They really loved all the details with Duff's cake," Buddy said. "They spent a lot of time talking about it, but I don't have to talk up my cakes. My cakes talk for themselves."

Bollywood Belly Dancer

"When my cake came out, it was drop the mic," Buddy said. "Piping and painting and stenciling. Cake lays, molds, sculpting. We kind of did it all."

Detailed Decisions

"I don't think this is going to be a hard decision for the judges," Duff said. "If we didn't win this one, I would be shocked," Buddy said. The judges commended Duff on his use of real gold leaf and the detail work, but Keegan noted that it showed a few techniques done over and over again. The judges commended Buddy on his variety of techniques but dinged him on the lack of realism on the bottom tier.

Buddy Won Bollywood

Buddy's variety of techniques snagged him the win in the second Cake-Off.