I will never, ever look at the whoopie pie the same way again.
In this week’s pre-heat challenge, the remaining 8 bakers were asked to put their spin on a traditional whoopie pie using Thanksgiving themes they drew at random.
Now, when I’m given a theme I must follow to put my own spin on a traditional dessert, I immediately think, “I should transform this to represent my theme!” According to the judges, that was not what was intended. I mean, how do you make a whoopie pie represent fall foliage without making it look different from a normal whoopie pie! I don’t get it and the judges literally complained about this to every single person. Yes, there were some pies that looked like two muffins stuck together – ahem, Briana – but Haley’s leaf-shaped pies were adorable and way better looking than Melody’s sloppy turkey icing job.
Miraculously, Melody was in the top 2 along with Steve, who edged her out by a feather with his super cute pilgrim-themed devil’s cake, even though he got dinged for not using a traditional whoopie pie shape. Give me a break!
After winning the pre-heat, Steve got first pick of the candies provided for the main heat challenge, which was to create a holiday cake with candy filling.
Undeterred by her terrible showing last week and her questionable whoopie pies, Melody made a terrible sounding (but wonderful looking) chocolate beet cake with chocolate covered caramels inside. Although I’d never eat it (because beets!), it looked really pretty.
Susan, who has won twice, made an ornament cake with those weird raspberry candies your grandma always has stuffed inside. Oddly enough, she put them in there wrapped, which I thought the judges would’ve killed her on. Instead they praised her on it, but she still landed in the bottom two.
Briana also landed in the bottom for creating a dry cake that wasn’t decorated very well.
Melody’s beet cake ended up winning her the main challenge, while Susan’s deflated ornament sent her home. I really thought Briana would’ve gone home since she’s won exactly 0 times, but what do I know? I know that beet cake sounds gross, that’s what.
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