'Top Chef Just Desserts' Recap: Taking the Cake

Top Chef Just DessertsOn tonight's episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts, the chefs' creations really took the cake. Actually, they were cake -- beautiful, amazing, intricate, and delicious-looking cakes.

After puckering their way through the quick-fire challenge of cooking up lemon desserts (question to ponder: Do chocolate and lemon ever work well together?), the chefs had to break up into four teams. As Melissa Camacho threw Lina Biancamano under the bus last week, no one was eager to choose her, and like a bad grade school scene, she was chosen last.

The teams were then tasked with making cakes big enough to serve 150 orchestra members at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each of the four members making up the team was responsible for one layer. And out came the sugar.

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There was sugar glue, spun sugar, and sugar glitter (!), all of which they used to construct and concoct these masterpieces. If you've ever wondered why wedding cake is so expensive, this was a great illustration of just how much work goes into such large cakes.

The flavor combinations they came up with were amazing, complex, and completely hunger-inducing. Melissa actually wowed with her cardamom cake, and other standouts (at least for me) included a devil’s food cake with chocolate buttercream, salted caramel, and raspberries and a chocolate sponge cake with praline jam and vanilla crémeux.

Though Van Kuch's smoked salted caramel cake with pistachio buttercream sounded good, the judges found it dry (the death of cake). They also called his drum design "childish" and sent him packing.

Scenes for next week show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills making an appearance on the show. I can't wait to see what that brings. Now, if only I could find a late-night cake delivery service ...

What is your favorite kind of cake?


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