5+ feet of cake in 9 hours, 3 contestants, 3 well known judges…
The winning cake, made for the fourth of july, will be shown at the Reagan Presidential Library.
Tariq– winner of the first episode of the show, will do anything you want
Pat– owner of Patty Cakes, fun loving, do it right or do it over, competitive
Carrie– wedding cakes is her business and passion
They wonder what Carrie is doing because it looks like a lot of heavy cake. Tariq is confident because he’s precise. He has lots of fancy moving details. Tariq’s group is running late on the star cutouts which makes Pat’s group happy.
Time for a skills test. Pat’s upset because she’s mid carving. (Tariq is likely the choice for who to sit out since he’s got a record for winning.) The challenge: piping a cake in the most patriotic way possible using the supplied materials. Tariq checks what the others do and thinks he’s screwed. Tariq comes out looking like the novice of the group but his is complete. Carrie’s was well done for freehand. Pat has better skills because hers was neater on top. The winner of the skills test is…Pat. She chooses Tariq’s team because she thinks he’s farthest ahead. (He doesn’t agree, he thinks it is because he’s the biggest threat.) Considering that he’s done this before and had to sit out, you’d think he’d have been prepared for this.
Tariq only regrets that it isn’t lunch time. Meanwhile the others push through on their cakes. Everyone still wonders about what is being made at Carrie’s table. One of her workers, Julie, is a painter and is adding finishing touches to what will be a barrel. Tariq’s team can get back to work and is using lots of sugar.
Criteria for judging: Client satisfaction, technical difficulty, and aesthetic appeal. Client has the final say. Judges look around again. They worry that Tariq is overconfident while up again two seasoned competitors. They also worry that Carrie’s fondant will fall off because they forgot to cool down the cake. For now it looks good. Pat has difficulty with ripping fondant and repairing the striped material.
The client walks around to see the cakes.
Taste test now. Carrie said she’s very intimidated by Tariq because he’s an executive chef. While the judges deliberate they begin working. Tariq discovers some issue with the light of his cake as he begins to put it together. They are called back for the taste test results. The winner is Carrie. Sitting out is Pat since it’s only fair. Pat thinks she felt threatened.
Tariq does some trouble shooting and after finally cutting away some stuff 9and nearly cutting one person’s finger) they fix it all. Carrie runs into her own problems with their bottle rockets which fall apart. Tariq did sugar work which no one else was doing (and which went faster than expected. Pat’s team wonders if they’re overambitious. They’re behind.
With an hour and a half left, Pat’s team returns to work in a panic. Tariq and Carrie are ahead at the moment. But Tariq’s tube messes up again. He’s sure he’s lost with that. Pat is sure she won’t finish. Ten minutes left…more running around. Time’s up.
Time to move the cakes for judging, Tariq first. It was over six feet tall. Even without the light it’s awesome. Pat’s up and they fear for the large Uncle Sam holding the cake. Carrie last, over 400 lbs. So far so good with all. well executed details but two separate parts that don’t necessarily work together. Pat’s is fun and difficult though the fondant work isn’t well done. Carrie’s is fun and traditional. Festive, needs better placement. Best icons artistically, but forced.
Deliberation time. The judges have issues with each. Time to announce the winner. The judge doing the talking is announcing so much it sounds like he thinks he’s talking to idiots. The winning cake is…Pat.