In Food Network’s series Kids Baking Championship, hosts and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli will lead eight talented kid bakers through challenges designed to find the most-impressive and creative young baker. In each challenge the contestants, ranging in age from 10 to 13, will be tested on their baking skills and originality as they whip up delectable desserts, including creative cakes, mouthwatering cookies and pastries.
It's no secret that Valerie Bertinelli loves lemon, but Duff Goldman's favorite ingredient is revealed in this season's kick-off challenge -- bacon cupcakes! Each of the 12 young bakers must make a cupcake featuring bacon and an assigned ingredient like maple, chocolate or cherry.
Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli take the 11 young bakers on a safari of sweetness as they challenge them to create mini cheesecakes with colorful animal prints, from tiger and zebra stripes to leopard and giraffe spots.
Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli raise the eternal question: Which are better, brownies or blondies? To settle the debate, they divide the 10 young bakers into teams for the brownies vs. blondies challenge.
Macarons are a wildly popular dessert, and macarons decorated with faces are a definite trend. Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the nine young bakers to create macarons decorated with happy faces and sad faces.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman put the eight young bakers in teams and challenge them to each make half a cake that combines with their teammate's half-cake to make a whole cake representing an opposites theme like fire and ice, night and day, land and sea or big and small.
Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli are cooking up something unusual in the science lab ... it's the freaky flavor tarts challenge! Each of the seven young bakers must create a large tart featuring a freaky flavor like jalapeno, goat cheese, yuzu, pink peppercorn, anise, blue cheese or curry.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman know that sometimes you can make something extraordinary out of ingredients you have at home. They challenge the six young bakers to turn packaged biscuit dough into dramatic and delicious monkey bread volcanoes.
Dessert impostors come in all shapes and sizes, so Valerie & Duff challenge the five young bakers to make sweet dessert tacos that look like the real thing.
For kickoff to the Kids Baking Championship, get ready to eat pies! For their first challenge, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman ask the 10 best kid bakers in the country to elevate classic pies to an art form, but what's pie without homemade ice cream?
Time to hop on the "Eclairis Wheel" as the nine remaining kid bakers take on a sweeping new trend in baking: the radically elevated and decorated eclair. This cream-filled challenge will test the young bakers to the max!
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman turn up the heat and ask the remaining eight bakers to incorporate chilies, peppers, cayenne and more into their chocolate creations. The kid bakers must balance the heat in their sweets, so that they showcase the flavor without overwhelming the judges' taste buds.
The French macaron is the new cupcake, so the seven remaining kid bakers must take on this extremely demanding dessert, producing three dozen colorful macarons and stacking them to at least five inches high.
The six remaining kid bakers get creative as they invent lunch box desserts. The good news? Trading items is allowed. The bad news? Carrot sticks are tough to work into a dessert!
To celebrate candy in all its glory, the five remaining kid bakers must use three types of candy in a dessert but also keep it balanced, because it's a fine line between candymonium and candy overload!
The most beloved challenge from the first season of Kids Baking Championship is back with a twist. For dessert imposters 2.0, the four remaining kid bakers must make a dessert item that looks like a savory dish and also create a savory cupcake for "dessert." It's dinner in reverse!
To kick off the season, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are going back to the 1970s as they challenge the 12 young competitors to make shag cakes. Each baker must make a cake in their chosen flavor and then decorate it to create a shag texture. Groovy, man!
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the 11 young bakers to create assigned Neapolitan desserts featuring chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
It's the most anticipated episode of the season — dessert impostors! Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the remaining 10 bakers to create desserts that look like sandwiches. Order up!
Move over unicorns, there's a new animal after our hearts. The nine young bakers must create llama cupcakes in a chosen flavor. Hosts and judges Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman also welcome a special guest — a real live llama!
Potatoes aren't just for french fries anymore -- they're for decorating. Hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman ask the eight remaining bakers to carve potato cutouts and create colorful potato-print cookies.
Ice cream cones are for more than just holding ice cream. Hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the seven kid bakers to create impressive ice cream cone cupcakes in order to stay in the game.
The carnival is in town for the Kids Baking Championship kick off! It's a thrill ride when Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman ask the 12 best kid bakers in the country to create carnival-themed cupcakes and incorporate carnival treats like kettle corn, frozen bananas and cotton candy.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman task the 11 remaining kid bakers with creating volcano Bundt cakes that spew smoke and edible boulders. The red-hot challenge will test these amazing bakers to their fiery core!
The most beloved challenge of all pulls up a seat at the local diner! The remaining 10 kid bakers must create a comfort food dessert imposter -- meatloaf, fried chicken, mac and cheese, and more -- to keep their place at the table.
In an ode to the outrageous psychedelic colors of tie-dye, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman head back to the 1960s and ask the remaining nine kid bakers to "color them wow" with mind-blowing tie-dye cakes.
What were desserts like when hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman were kids? The remaining eight bakers must update old school desserts like coconut cream pie or German chocolate cake into trendy "throwback" eclairs.
The remaining seven kid bakers become royal subjects to either Valerie "Queen of Pancakes" Bertinelli or Duff "King of Waffles" Goldman and must please their ruler by creating layer cakes made from waffles or pancakes. To increase the stakes, the winning side is immune from elimination.
Today, there's an app for almost everything! Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman provide app names like Snackchat, Clash of Carbs and Pastry Chef Go. Then, the remaining six kid bakers must design and create mobile app icons out of sugar cookies and explain what each app does.
Cute little pets serve as the inspiration for incredible sweets when the last five kid bakers standing must create a dessert inspired by the animal they are paired with: guinea pig, turtle, rabbit, mini pig or silkie chicken.
Kids Baking Championship goes mad scientist! Using futuristic tools, the final four bakers fight for a spot in the finale with molecular gastronomy inspired desserts. Which three kids will make it through the high-tech gauntlet?
Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli throw a curve ball at the 12 kid bakers by asking them to make layered, tiered, stacked and beautifully decorated cookie cakes.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman have a special challenge boxed up and ready to deliver to the 11 kid bakers; the kids have to get creative to turn pizza into a sweet treat by creating dessert pizzas.
Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli celebrate her favorite flavor, lemon, by challenging the 10 kid bakers to create lemon bar BFF desserts that highlight lemon and some of its best flavor friends.
Creativity is the name of the game, and Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli have a classic combination in mind -- cake and ice cream! They challenge the nine kid bakers to take new and creative approaches, like ice cream cone drip cakes, to their cake and ice cream desserts.
Teamwork makes the dream work! Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman shake things up by asking the eight kid bakers to work in teams to create two different types of doughnuts that come together in one unified and delicious doughnut design.
With their plush tails, pointy ears, brightly colored manes and, of course, magical horns, there's a lot to love about unicorns. Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli challenge the eight kid bakers to use their imaginations to create a unicorn cake that illustrates a specific emotion.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman have fond memories of the lunches they took to school as kids, so they're challenging the six kid bakers to look at lunch in a new way. From a PBJ sandwich to chicken nuggets to a turkey wrap, the bakers have to turn common lunchbox foods into lookalike dessert masterpieces.
Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli bring the galaxy into the kitchen by asking the five kid bakers to make colorful and imaginative intergalactic desserts. And because astronauts in space eat freeze-dried foods, the bakers must also use freeze-dried ingredients in their out-of-this-world creations.
With spring and summer approaching, Valerie and Duff are reminded of hanging out at the beach; the remaining four bakers are challenged to create a cereal treat sand castle filled with two different baked goods.
In the finale challenge, Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli task the remaining three bakers to create a birthday cake in celebration of Food Network Magazine's 10th birthday. The winner will go home with $25,000 and the title of Kids Baking Champion
Kicking off the Kids Baking Championship, the kid bakers work to serve up two delicious signature items for a bake sale. Duff and Valerie reveal that the kids must also make a third item using a childhood flavor combination.
In this challenge, the kid bakers are asked to create dessert imposters — a sweet treat masquerading as a savory item. How convincingly will the bakers be able to make delicious sweets that look like tacos and bagels?
The kid bakers are hard at work creating the dough and delicious fillings for their stuffed puffs, when Duff and Valerie announce a savory twist.
The four remaining kid bakers are tasked with a massive challenge for the finale: create a celebration cake for the moment they win, along with baked party gifts that complement their cake in flavor and design. Which finalist will become the Kids Baking Champion and take home the prize package that includes $10,000?
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the nine young bakers to get creative and colorful; Cakes in assigned flavors like chocolate, red velvet and coconut are splattered with color and the brighter and crazier, the better.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the eight bakers to defend Bird Island or Pig Island in this round inspired by the Angry Birds 2 movie. Each baker makes a dozen cupcakes based on a movie character, then they team up to build an edible island.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman ask the seven young bakers to make a giant doughnut cake. Using Bundt cake pans, the bakers make a cake in an assigned flavor like strawberry or maple and then decorate it to look like an oversized doughnut.
The six young bakers must fake it to make it as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge them to create imposters that look like international dishes, such as sushi or shish kebab, but taste like dessert.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the five young bakers to each make a poke cake with fillings such as pureed fruit or pudding. To increase the cuteness factor, they must decorate it to look like the pokiest little critter -- a hedgehog!