Next Episode of Spring Baking Championship is
Season 4 / Episode 3 and airs on 27 March 2018 01:00
Eight bakers compete, preparing delicious springtime desserts for the chance to win the grand prize of $50,000.
Spring showers are in the forecast. Since rain makes gardens grow, the four bakers must make whoopie pie critters found in a garden. Next, the bakers must capture the drips and drops of rainfall in a cake.
The three finalists finish up with a bang! First, it is a sweet and savory patriotic picnic followed by a salute to the red, white and blue with American flag cakes. When the flour dust settles, one lucky baker will be celebrating a $50,000 victory.
Ten of the best spring bakers enter the Spring Baking Championship. On the season kick-off, they are tested in a pre-heat challenge that celebrates the bountiful fruits and bright colors of the season by making fruit-forward tie-dye mini cheesecakes. Then, in the main-heat the theme intensifies with color-gradient naked ombre cakes incorporating fresh herbs. One baker will be sent home.
The bakers must create cupcake flower arrangements and amp up the flower power with flower essences. One baker will win a special advantage in the main-heat, where they must create mirror-glazed gazing balls and plate them in an edible garden. One baker will be eliminated.
On a perfect spring day springtime mini pies are the ideal dish for an outdoor gathering. In this pre-heat, the eight remaining bakers work in teams to create their mini pies. Next, in the main-heat, they must make picnic basket desserts utilizing three items from a picnic basket, but they may not make the same thing as their picnic partner.
Spring represents a new beginning and so do eggs and in this pre-heat the bakers take on eclairs using lots of eggs in the batter. Judge Duff Goldman challenges the bakers in the main-heat to create edible spring goodie baskets filled with two types of baked treats - one of which must use hardboiled eggs.
The pressure is on with only six bakers left in the competition. For this pre-heat the bakers must prepare berry tiny desserts that pack a big punch. Then, in the main-heat it is an explosion of creativity as bakers take on spring patterned roll cakes. One baker will be eliminated.
What makes desserts sweet? Usually it's sugar. But in the desert, they make agave-sweetened desserts. For this pre-heat the five bakers must create an assigned dessert using agave as the only sweetener. Then, for the main-heat they must bake succulent cakes that rival the real thing.
There is one fruit that comes into season in the Spring but is often overlooked in baking...avocados! In the avocado parings pre-heat, the four remaining bakers must pair avocado with one other ingredient, such as chocolate, lime, orange, or ginger in a dessert. In the main-heat, the bakers must transform a classic winter dessert like pumpkin pie, pecan pie, bread pudding or peppermint bark into a spring treat. Only three bakers will make it to the grand finale.
The three remaining bakers must use "ugly ingredients" to make the most beautiful dessert in the pre-heat. Then the main-heat is all about hidden beauty. A geode is the epitome of hidden beauty because when it is cracked open it's glorious on the inside. The bakers must prepare vibrant and colorful geode cakes using handmade rock candy to win. Only one will earn the sweet title of Spring Baking Champion and take home the $50,000 prize!
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