That grossed me out. The batter was up his forearm, with all that hair, sweat, and whatever.
I'm one of those people who uses a spoon or something to mix things. I'm a big NO even when the cooks and chefs mix meatloaf with their hands. Meat mixture gets in their rings, under their fingernails, etc. It's not sanitary.
Both Duff and Buddy are excellent at what they do. Duff does some things better. Buddy does some things better. Duff is the one I would want as a friend so I want him to win. I agree with others here that it will probably end in a tie for the sake of D's and B's future shows and appearances on Food Network. I don't want a re-match of this.
Regarding the magic show cakes - knowing how detailed and creative Duff is, I'm surprised how lacking his magic cake was. It's unlike Duff, but that's what he put out. I don't like seeing him fail.