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by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 20th, 2015
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are back with a brand-new season of Kids Baking Championship, putting 12 young bakers through 10 weeks of delectably difficult dessert challenges. Starting Monday, Jan. 2 at 8|7c, the kid bakers, ages 9 to 12, will show off their baking prowess in a series of culinary competitions; they’ll be challenged to make impostor desserts, volcano Bundt cakes, breakfast desserts and more. Each week one young baker will be sent home, and the winner will win the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Kids Baking Champion. Read more
by Joseph Erdos in Recipes, Shows, February 24th, 2015
Ten small but majorly talented bakers will be put to the test on Season 2 of Kids Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Jan. 4 at 8|7c. Hosts, mentors and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli will lead the contestants, ranging in age from 10 to 13, through the difficult yet delicious challenges that test the kids’ baking skills. Pies, eclairs, macarons, cakes, cookies and more will be on the agenda. During the course of eight episodes, the kids will face eliminations until the best baker rises to the top, earning the title of Kids Baking Champion and $25,000.
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by Duff Goldman in Shows, February 24th, 2015
“Bake your cake and eat it too” was basically what the kids were told by Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli in the finale of Kids Baking Championship. The kids would be making cakes they would want to enjoy at the winner’s party. Interestingly, three of the four remaining young bakers ended up going with lemon cakes to impress Valerie, who happens to love lemon treats. In the end, though, one cake was clearly ahead of the rest, and that cake earned its baker $10,000 in prize money and the title of Kids Baking Champion.
Whether you’re a lover of lemon cakes, too — or any cakes, for that matter — now’s your chance to try your hand at crowd-pleasing celebration cakes at home. We’ve got recipes that appeal to everyone’s taste buds, including chocolate cake, classic yellow cake, red velvet cake, cheesecake, carrot cake and more.
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by Joseph Erdos in Recipes, Shows, February 17th, 2015
Man, what a journey, huh? These kids have shown their mettle and really impressed the world with how much they know and understand about baking. I loved the final challenge on Kids Baking Championship, because, yeah, I know a lot about cooking and baking, but cake decorating is kind of my thing. I was so stoked to see what these kids could do, because I know from working with so many kids over the years, kids love to decorate cakes! Well, most kids — Natalie didn’t seem too thrilled about the prospect.
The thing about cakes is that they are a commitment. You have to work on this one thing for a long time, and when you do, there are more things that can go wrong and trip you up. There more ways to fail with a decorated cake than, say, a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The stakes here are real high, this for the win, but even more important, the winner of this challenge got their cake on my website, and I don’t sell just any old cake; I’m looking for a cake that is going to wow my customers.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, February 17th, 2015
Mixed reactions would best describe the kids when they heard they would have to bake treats featuring pate a choux in Episode 3 of Kids Baking Championship. Some revealed they hated the dough, whereas others were excited to be taking on something they loved. It’s safe to say most of us viewers were wondering how these kids even knew about the French pastry dough used to make cream puffs (profiteroles), cheese puffs (gougères) and éclairs, among other treats (including the towering croquembouche).
The kids went about the challenge and created some of the most-impressive baked goods. The judges’ criteria came down to mostly flavor profiles — although there was the occasional issue of too large versus too small a puff.
If you’re up for a challenge, and if you consider yourself as advanced as these kids, here are some recipes to get you started baking with pate a choux, including sweet and savory renditions, just as was asked of the kid bakers. See how well you can survive the challenge at home. And if you happen to produce some “ungainly” results, as Duff Goldman commented, eat the evidence!
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by Joseph Erdos in Recipes, Shows, February 10th, 2015
Cream puffs and éclairs! This was a tough challenge on Kids Baking Championship. I didn’t learn how to make pate a choux until I was at least 19 or 20. Natalie saw all these treats and she was freaked out! I knew Hollis was going to be excited; she made killer pate a choux bagels in the last challenge, Dessert Imposters, and I think she had a mental edge over everyone else. I was really stoked for Annika too. She had what I think was the toughest challenge when she had to make sushi. Burgers, pizza, spaghetti — these are all items I would choose to make in a competition before I would attempt sushi, which is much more colorful and complex. She came in second to last in that episode, and she was mad!
Annika was super confident about pate a choux and that’s good to see. Jackson was feeling really good as well. He knows this dough and is ready to bake! The fact that so many of these kids understood such a difficult and complex pastry is mind-blowing, and after the competition, I called my mom and asked her why she didn’t have me making pate a choux when I was 11. She said I wasn’t ready for it. Wait until she sees this episode. She’s going to eat her words (and not my éclairs!).
by Duff Goldman in Shows, February 10th, 2015
Not everything is as it seems. That’s what the kids learned last night on Kids Baking Championship, when they found out they’d be baking fake-out foods, like burgers, tacos and pizza that are all actually desserts masquerading as savory foods. Most of the kids were excited by the prospects, but their baking assignments were drawn at random, leaving a few competitors with dishes they weren’t too happy with. In a twist of fate, the one kid who hated her assigned dish won, while the one who was happiest about his was sent packing. It just came down to execution and a sidekick dish that didn’t do the entire package justice.
These fake-out foods may look more difficult to make than they really are; broken down into steps, they become a fun and easy project to make on the weekend. We’ve compiled some of our favorite deceptively sweet treats that will leave you and your friends doing a second take. Let this roundup of recipes get your ideas flowing!
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by Ricky Smith in Contests, February 4th, 2015
Dessert Imposters! Now, this is in my wheelhouse! Ninety percent of what we do at Charm City Cakes is make cakes that look like other things, and a lot of times we make cakes that look like other kinds of food. Last week I made a cake for a chef in Los Angeles that was a giant pile of raw meat. True story. This week’s challenge was so much fun on Kids Baking Championship, but it was also one of the most difficult for the kids. They had to recreate foods using sweet, baked stuff. It’s very tricky to get right, because you really have to sell the idea that, no, this is not a cake, this is a plate of fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
Last week was really tough, but I think the kids gained an advantage in that they got used to the cameras, lights and even my big loud mouth, and I think they really stepped it up when they faced an even bigger challenge than the bake sale.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, February 4th, 2015
Experience what it’s like to bake and decorate your creations like Duff Goldman. Put your skills to the test along with the wunderkinds of Kids Baking Championship, Mondays at 8|7c.
To buy the Duff Goldman Decorating Stencils, Tie-Dye Cake Mix, White Frosting and Tie-Dye Swirl Sugar Cookie Mix, you can visit the Food Network Store, or enter a comment below for a chance to win the items. To enter, let us know in the comments: What was your favorite baked treat as a kid? The contest starts at 12 p.m. EST today and ends Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 12 p.m.
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Captain’s log. Star date 2-4-15. This is the voyage of eight amazing bakers who are baking things at 11, 12 and 13 that I could barely do when I graduated culinary school! These kids are incredible, and I want to share with you what you saw on Kids Baking Championship from my own perspective as not only a mentor and judge, but as a professional pastry chef.
Here’s the thing about these kinds of competitions: You prepare. You practice. You get your game face on. But when that clock starts, and you have only two hours to bake up some magic, it’s very easy to freeze up and forget everything you know. Believe me. Do any of you remember my vacant blank stare on Food Network Challenge? These kids, though, get right into it. They run, but they were unfazed and ready — well, almost unfazed.