I've used sour cream to make a chocolate cake and it did make it moist without adding a tangy flavor, so I was interested to see the bakers use yog(h)urt, buttermilk, etc. in their cakes. I made a regular cake though, not one in a fancy tin so I thought maybe I'd missed hearing that requirement in the brief, but then I saw that Alice didn't use a fancy tin. It was nice to see Henry and Priya trying to help Michael with his stuck cake, but I thought that's why I would have used a regular pan!
Steph's chocolate raspberry buttermilk cake sounded delicious. Like she said, chocolate is the answer to everything!
Rosie's limoncello cake with buttermilk meringue kisses was simple but pretty. Ha, and she knows the way to Prue's heart - a glass of alcohol!
David's lemon poppyseed cake with limoncello glaze was so pretty. Loved the purple color from the flowers on top.
Phil's rosewater cake was messy looking. The flowers at the bottom were fine but the glaze was kind of slopped on. Although I understand when the judges say they want more of whatever flavor the bakers are using, rosewater is one of those things that you really have to use with restraint or the taste becomes overwhelmingly floral. I'd rather have just a hint of it than too much.
Priya's banana chocolate cake with toffee sauce sounded good, but one of my sister's favorite things to make is chocolate banana bread so I was predisposed to like this.
Michael's raspberry and lemon cheesecake with sour cream sounded good. I felt so bad for him when he couldn't get it out of the tin. Even though he was clearly upset, I liked that he said, "I know it's just a cake." At least it tasted good! I loved when he told Priya not to be nice to him and she said, "I like your shirt."
Helena's almond and buttermilk ghost cake was cute. Although I love Halloween, I'm not a huge fan of her HALLOWEEN YEAR ROUND vibe. But I liked that her ghost cake was cute, not scary, because that made it seem less like Halloween and more like a sweet year round thing.
Alice's lemon caradamom with pistachios was pretty. The biscuit leaves on top added a lot of dimension and texture.
Michelle's apple rhubarb cake sounded good. I liked that she had so many different textures (pecan crumble, rhubarb meringue kisses, apple crisps, freeze dried raspberries). Heh, good to know that the Welsh word for claggy is claggy.
Henry's spiced apple cake looked really nice. Loved the circle of thinly sliced apples on top.
I've never had maids of honor before. Even though they all looked below Paul's standard, I thought it was ridiculous that he didn't even try Priya's. Just because they look terrible doesn't mean you shouldn't taste them. Maybe the curd tasted good! Although I hate to see the bakers struggle, it seems a bit fairer when it ws clear that EVERYONE did terribly.
Ooh, mishti showstoppers! Now that sounds interesting, but I loooooove condensed milk. I liked that the bakers each had to make three different flavors.
Alice's afternoon tea with carrot cake, chocolate cheesecake, and coffee was a fun twists on mishti.
Priya's presentation with rose and lychee, saffron, and mango looked nice. I agreed with Prue that a lot of the color was in the non-food items (like the bright purple cupcake wrappers.
Michael's mango, pistachio, and lemon rosewater were so pretty. I loved the vibrant colors.
Steph's rose pistachio, date and walnut, and mango mishti. were so colorful and pretty. I liked how different all the shapes were.
David's kewra water, mango cardamom, and carrot on fennel tuile sounded interesting. I liked that he asked his friend how to pronounce kewra correctly.
Henry's orange, coconut, and pistachio raspberry ice cream seemed like a good idea but that ice cream was a huge risk. It's too bad that he didn't have enough time to let it freeze longer.
Michelle's chocolate passionfruit, raspberry, and tonka bean rice pudding were not my favorite. Like Paul, I didn't like the rice pudding in the little pots. I appreciate that she was trying to do something different but it didnt work for me.
Helena's coconut chocolate, parma violet, and lemon sherbet with biscuit spoons looked a little messy. I think it was mostly the cupcake wrappers that I didn't like.
Rosie's orange, rose, and sweet milk custard cocktail mishtis were a fun and creative idea..
Phil's elderflower, pistachio, and blueberry garden mishti was such a fun and colorful idea.
Awww, congratulations to Steph for winning star baker! I had to laugh when she told her mom not to swear on tv.
Phil seemed like a nice man, but I think he only lasted this long because other people had much more disastrous weeks.