Spring Baking Championship season 9 episode 6: Poodle skirts and shag carpet

Host Jesse Palmer, portrait, as seen on Spring Baking Championship, Season 9.
Host Jesse Palmer, portrait, as seen on Spring Baking Championship, Season 9. /

Spring Baking Championship season 9 was back with episode 6 and this week, it was all about retro desserts. The bakers had to make desserts specifically inspired by the 50s and 60s. And the two challenges were not without some chaos.

The Pre-Heat challenge was all about poodle skirts and soda shops. The bakers had to make cupcakes flavored like different sodas. The sodas they had to choose from included lemon-lime, root beer, ginger ale, classic cola, grape, cream soda, and black cherry. And their decorations had to be all about the 50s as well.

The cupcakes made included everything from ginger ale cupcakes with ginger-honey buttercream and cherry soda red velvet cupcakes with black cherry gelee and cream cheese frosting to cola boba cupcakes with marshmallow and buttercream.

While most bakers did pretty well, Christian was the one who had trouble this week. He tried to make cupcakes in ice cream cones and they completely exploded in the oven. And they were purple cupcakes so there was really no disguising that mess.

Spring Baking Championship was all about retro bakes this week

But who won the Pre-Heat challenge? That was Clement with his cherry soda red velvet cupcakes with black cherry gelee and cream cheese frosting. Considering he was less than pleased to be making cupcakes, he did a great job!

On to the Main Heat Challenge! For this elimination challenge, the bakers had to make cakes that looked like the shag carpet of the 60s with ombre-colored cake layers. They also had to include a unique flavor combination. The combinations they had to choose from included strawberry and mint, coconut pineapple, white chocolate macadamia, cherry lime, peach basil, orange cream, and banana mango.

Clement had the chance to pick his since he won the first challenge but the rest of the bakers got their flavor at random. Luke got cherry lime, Jai picked coconut pineapple, Josh got orange cream, Molly received white chocolate macadamia, Christian picked banana mango, and April got peach basil.

All the cakes looked absolutely gorgeous, but unfortunately, Jai had some issues with her cakes. The first ones she made sank in the middle due to the amount of liquid she put in the batter and she had to make a new batch. Her cake still looked very cool but she would have had a lot more time if she didn’t have to make her cakes again.

But who came out on top? That was Christian! His mango banana cake had a gelatin pool placed into the side of it and he made it look like a 60s pool party. It was truly gorgeous!

And unfortunately, Jai’s cake just didn’t have enough coconut flavor for the judges and they thought her piping looked messy so she was the one to go home this week. She was definitely my favorite on the show so it sucks to see her leave.

Next week, the remaining bakers will have to make muffin towers and decadent chocolate pies to try and impress the judges.

What did you think of this week’s episode of Spring Baking Championship? Who made your favorite dessert? Let us know in the comments below!

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