Between the foil on the first heat ornaments and the hand-painted stripes, Doug made me question his skills this episode. "Atari Tree!" I think he could have made it all green if he'd used green buttercream in there too, but it was obvious what he was going for. I'm happy for him, though.
I think Sarah's design was structurally tenuous. When she was assembling it, I wondered if she was going to have to turn the cake on its side to get the desired effect. I think that's why it fell apart. Although she inexplicably ran out of time on her ornament challenge, she was the only one who heard Jesse say that the ornaments should be attractively arranged, like the ones on the mantle. She used the greenery instead of a plate.
Larome's actual cake was just a square cake with a hole for a non-edible snowman, but he tried one element too many with the burnt hazelnuts, and his decoration was disjointed. I was hoping for more (and by more I mean less) from him. It was like the multicolored rugelach where he tried to go out of the box but would have been better off keeping things a bit more simple.
They're all obviously very talented, and with the right amount of time and minus the stupid challenges, I would be really excited to eat anything they served.
BUT, I wasn't a fan of Sarah's commentary on Lorraine's figure. Yes, we get it, but why be petty towards someone who will be judging your work?