Halloween Baking Championship season 9 episode 2: The twists just keep on coming

Judges Stephanie Boswell, Zac Young, Carla Hall and Host John Henson, portrait, as seen on Halloween Baking Championship, Season 9.
Judges Stephanie Boswell, Zac Young, Carla Hall and Host John Henson, portrait, as seen on Halloween Baking Championship, Season 9. /

Halloween Baking Championship season 9 was back for episode 2, and this episode was filled with twists. And not just the ones that are meant to be in the episode! The episode was once again two hours which continues to feel too long, but with so many bakers, it makes sense why they feel the need to do that. But let’s get to the challenges!

For the Thriller challenge, the bakers had to make bloody donuts! And they definitely did that. Most of the donuts looked like bloody messes, and I mean that in the best way possible. They were gory and fried, and they all looked incredibly delicious. I need to stop watching this show right before I go to bed.

The top two bakers for this challenge were Ryan and James and James came out on top! He made a ginger donut with peach mango filling and fried mango. It looked ridiculously good!

On to the Killer challenge! For this round, the bakers had to make a carousel cake. One side had to be happy and joyful and the other side needed to be demonic and dark. To say this wasn’t an easy challenge would be the understatement of the year. Why? Well, let’s start with the fact that Chad went home about halfway through the challenge.

Halloween Baking Championship was filled with drama this week

He was clearly sick at the start of this challenge, and why Food Network felt it was okay to have him continue is anyone’s guess. Like…after a pandemic, y’all are just letting a baker be around others and continue to make something that the judges will have to eat?? In what world does that sound okay? because it’s definitely not the one we are living in.

Unfortunately, at a certain point, he was getting dizzy, and he decided to take himself out of the competition.

But that wasn’t the only dramatic thing that happened. Christa and Adesuwa’s cakes completely fell apart, and they had to quickly wrap them in acetate and shove them in the blast chiller. it was a solution I’d never seen before and one that worked pretty well. But just watching their cakes crumble was so stressful.

Beyond the drama, some of the cakes looked pretty good, while others looked like full-on messes. It was a toss-up. The judges seemed to like most of the flavors at least.

But who came out on top? It was once again Ryan and James, and James won again with his ube and coconut-flavored cake. The way he decorated his cake was incredibly artistic.

So who went home? The bottom two were Christa and Phoebe, and Phoebe was the one to go home. This may have been a shock to some, but it wasn’t for me. With the amount of cloves she gave the judges in the Thriller challenge (Carla Hall’s tongue went numb), there was no way she was sticking around for too long.

Next week on Halloween Baking Championship, the remaining bakers will have to make charred or flambéed pavlovas, and then they will have to create alien-inspired Charlotte royal cakes.

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