The "Baker's Challenge" had an interesting twist. The bakers had to choose three of their best pastries and sell them in Carlo's Bakery. The pastries had to be approved by Buddy before they could sell them. Whoever sells the least pastries goes into the box truck to be sent home. Ryan had a bit of trouble with his cookies. Cousin Anthony and Ryan had words over his recipe, but eventually worked the issues out and they worked together as a team. In the end, the cookies did not come out, and he had none to sell in the challenge. Buddy said his vanilla cake was bad and his biscotti was ok. Nadine's pastries were okay except for the biscotti. Mary, Buddy's sister had to spit it out. Marissa's pastries were okay. Buddy advised her to make a few small changes and that was it. The three bakers did their best to sell as many pastries as they could with the help of Buddy's sisters. The final total brought Ryan to the box truck and Nadine was the winner of the"Bakers's Challenge".
The next scene brings us back to the Cake Factory. Both Marissa and Nadine are exhausted. It is 2:30am. Buddy enters the room and is very excited about the last "Elimination Challenge". Their challenge is to make a cake of the American dream. Buddy talked about his father and how he came over from Italy. Every time Buddy talks about his father, you can hear and see the admiration on Buddy's face. Buddy goes on to explain that he wants a cake from the two girls showing what the American Dream means to them. He is giving them 10 hours to create the cake and it must be at least 4 foot tall. Nadine and Marissa get to choose staff to help them from Carlo's Bakery. Nadine got to pick the first member of her team because she won the "Baker's Challenge".
The time is up and it's finally time for us to find out who the Next Great Baker is. The bakers and their cakes were on stage a long with Buddy, Mary (Buddy sister), and Randy Fenoli ( Host of Say Yes to the Dress ) was all on stage. Both cakes were very nice. Nadine's cake lacked color, but they both told a story. The final decision was made and the Next Great Baker title goes to Marissa Lopez!!
Congratulation Marissa! I knew you would make it. You are an inspiration for many people and a reminder not to give up on a dream. I am very proud of you.