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Next Great Baker Recap: Engineer Cakes And More Drama

December 26, 2011 08:27 PM by Lisa Princ

Last week on Next Great Baker on TLC, the bakers had to take on Holiday cakes, and this week they had to tackle engineer cakes! But could the teams keep the drama down tonight? Read on for all the highlights of tonight’s episode!

Next Great Baker was back this week, and after all the drama last week, Minerva decided that she was feeling better this week. For their baker’s challenge this week, the bakers watched Buddy Valastro create a beautiful fondant covered cake, and he asked that they create a beautiful fondant as well – it could be identical to his, or something completely different, as long as it was impressive. Melo decided to make his standout by being shiny, but it did not impress Buddy much, although the fondant work was great. Meanwhile, both Chad and Ryan went with a tie-dye look for their fondant in an attempt to be different.

All of the cakes were actually very impressive, and Buddy said he would have put all of them in his case at the bakery. However, one cake stood out to Buddy, and the rest of us watching. That cake was Nadine’s, in which she had done some fondant draping – very classy looking! For winning the challenge, Nadine won a year’s worth of fondant, and a sheeter to help her create the perfect cake! Buddy offered Nadine the chance to choose the teams, or take immunity this week, and it was a no brainer for Nadine to choose immunity! So Buddy chose the teams – Heather M, Minerva, and Marissa; Chad, Melo, and Nadine; Heather G, Megan, and Ryan.

For their elimination challenge this week, Buddy told the contestants about some of his craziest cakes, ranging from moving vehicle cakes, to an actual flushing toilet cake! That only meant one thing, that the teams would be creating engineer cakes, that needed to do something impressive for the team to win the challenge. Chad, Melo, and Nadine decided to go with a theme park cake, which had rides, a smoke spewing dragon, and a volcano that shot out confetti. Meanwhile, Minerva, Heather, and Marissa were also going with a theme park cake, but it included a carousel, a tea cup ride, and a balloon ride, all of which were to be moving.

Going with something different, Ryan, Heather G, and Megan decided to go with a disc jockey spinning some records for their engineer cake on Next Great Baker. It was not an easy decision though as Heather G. wanted to go with a baby crib cake, and she couldn’t seem to get her head out of the clouds while working on the cake either. Meanwhile, Minerva was being her usual difficult self, and the girls were getting very frustrated with her. When Marissa asked Minerva to clean up a mess she made on the cake, Minerva seemed to take it as a personal attack, instead of just doing what she was asked.

When it was time to judge the cakes, they all worked perfectly, except for Marissa’s team, who could not get any of the rides to move properly. After looking at the cakes for a few minutes, Buddy asked the contestants to bring the cakes out to the loading dock, where he had some of his buddies destroy the losing cakes with a chainsaw! We watched as both Marissa, Heather, and Minerva’s non working carnival cake was destroyed, followed by the disc jockey cake made by Ryan, Heather, and Megan – which crushed the three of them. In the end, it was Chad, Melo and Nadine who won the challenge.

Buddy then announced that Heather, Marissa, and Minerva were the losing team and when asked who he should send home, both Marissa and Heather voted for Minerva. Minerva disagreed and said she should be there, but Buddy replied by telling her that he would not make the same mistake a third time, and she was going home. Minerva then shouted with glee and said she was happy. Confused and angered, Buddy met her down at the loading dock and locked her into the truck himself!

Who are you rooting for to be the Next Great Baker? Comment and share your thoughts with us! Be sure to tune in tonight at 9 pm EST for this brand new episode! Be sure to check out TLC’s official Next Great Baker site for more information on the show!

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3 Responses to “Next Great Baker Recap: Engineer Cakes And More Drama”

  1. Cookie Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I am so glad with this week’s elimination, Minerva totally deserved to be eliminated weeks ago, and she is crazy.

    And Marissa should clean up her act as well.

  2. Person Says:
    December 27th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Heather G should be next great baker!

  3. pete Says:
    January 3rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    …it’s not worth watching without Minerva…

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