Holiday Baking Championship

The WORST episodes of Holiday Baking Championship

Every episode of Holiday Baking Championship ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Holiday Baking Championship!

The search to find the greatest holiday baker begins as eight amateur bakers enter the kitchen, where they show off their family traditions and superb baking skills. To survive the challenges from week to week, they must prove their abilities in front of our tough-love judges: Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale. Hosted by Bobby Deen, this baking championship is the sweetest way to celebrate this holiday season.

Last Updated: 8/15/2022Network: Food Network
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Runners Up Redemption
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#1 - Runners Up Redemption

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/25/2017

In the Christmas special of Holiday Baking Championship, hosts and judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale welcome back runner-up teams from previous seasons to battle it out for another chance to win. In the pre-heat, baking teams must use real letters to Santa to inspire a holiday dessert. For the main heat, teams bake and decorate cupcakes before assembling them into one giant edible holiday tree. The winning team earns $10,000 in holiday cash!

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Homecoming Special
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#2 - Homecoming Special

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/24/2018

Six previous Holiday Baking Championship winners step back into the kitchen for a new competition judged by Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. Competitors Maeve Rochford, Jason Smith, Jen Barney, Jordan Pilarski, Nacho Aguirre and Michelle Antonishek bring their very best for a shot at a second Holiday Baking Champion title. In the pre-heat, the bakers are teamed up to turn the lightest of all pastries -- pate a choux -- into eclair holiday light strings. For the main heat, the teams take on the metallic trend with stunning monochromatic gold and silver Christmas cakes.

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Christmas in July
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#3 - Christmas in July

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/8/2019

Four talented bakers celebrate Christmas twice a year; host Jesse Palmer leads them through hotly contested challenges focused on melted snowman desserts and cool and creamy Christmas ice cream cakes.

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Traditions with a Twist
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#4 - Traditions with a Twist

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/16/2019

Some of the tastiest treats of Hanukkah are gold-covered chocolate coins, and Jesse Palmer challenges the four remaining bakers to give the classic treat a twist by incorporating candied orange, espresso beans, smoked salt or toasted coconut and create a dessert highlighting their chosen flavor. In the second challenge, the competitors bake up delicious cheesecakes with an assigned crust and decorated with an edible shiny ice rink on top. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale get serious about which three bakers move on to the finale.

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Christmas Day Delights
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#5 - Christmas Day Delights

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/23/2019

Nothing beats waking up to the smell of a holiday brunch, so Jesse Palmer challenges the three remaining bakers to make a Christmas morning brunch using the classic holiday flavors of gingerbread, cinnamon and eggnog. In the final round, the bakers must create cakes that are plaid both on the inside and the outside. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale crown one baker the Holiday Baking Champion and award the $25,000 prize.

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World Class Classics
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7.00
27 votes

#6 - World Class Classics

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/6/2015

The four remaining bakers are asked to reinvent two Hanukkah classics: rugelach and macaroons. Then, they must create their own unique version of a holiday croquembouche.

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Holiday Craftiness
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7.03
31 votes

#7 - Holiday Craftiness

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/8/2015

It's time to get crafty! The remaining nine bakers attempt to amp up the visual impact of holiday baked goods as they create festive candy cane and holiday wreath desserts.

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Stuffing Is the Best Part
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7.06
36 votes

#8 - Stuffing Is the Best Part

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/15/2015

The eight remaining bakers begin by making their best holiday whoopie pies that evoke a randomly-assigned theme of turkey, pumpkin, Pilgrims or fall foliage. Then, they must create stuffed holiday cakes that reveal a surprise center when sliced open.

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Ginger and Spice and Everything Nice
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7.11
28 votes

#9 - Ginger and Spice and Everything Nice

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/29/2015

In this week's challenges, the six remaining bakers revel in the warm, taste bud-tingling flavor of ginger. They must make mini desserts highlighting candied ginger, then create three different types of holiday cookies inspired by family traditions.

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Thanksgiving Genius
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7.24
45 votes

#10 - Thanksgiving Genius

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/20/2017

In the pre-heat, seven bakers must create a Thanksgiving dessert using a mystery canned fruit. Then in the main heat, bakers whip up new Turkey Day sensations by combining two traditional desserts.

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Attitude of Gratitude
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7.31
13 votes

#11 - Attitude of Gratitude

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/15/2021

The baking teams are tasked with creating holiday memory snow globe scenes in gingerbread. And because a snow globe is nothing without snow, they must also make a treat using the most common baking ingredient to represent snow -- coconut!

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Thanksgiving's Just Around the Corner
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7.31
29 votes

#12 - Thanksgiving's Just Around the Corner

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/22/2015

The seven remaining bakers get creative with Thanksgiving-inspired desserts, and in the first round, their sweets feature canned cranberry sauce. Then, in the main heat, the bakers must invent a dessert highlighting their assigned harvest ingredient: sweet potato, pumpkin, apple, pear, pomegranate, carrot or lemon.

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Classic Holiday Flavors
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7.31
48 votes

#13 - Classic Holiday Flavors

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/16/2014

The seven remaining bakers take classic holiday flavors into tasty new territory. In the first challenge, they create a swirled treat using eggnog and have to play nice with varieties of sugar and spice for their second dessert.

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Signs Of The Season
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7.38
73 votes

#14 - Signs Of The Season

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/6/2016

For the pre-heat, host Bobby Deen challenges the nine bakers to take seasonal hot beverages like hot chocolate and apple cider a step further by turning them into desserts. Then, in the main heat, these culinary artisans show off their decorating skills by creating a filled Bundt cake wreath.

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Gingerbread Worlds
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7.39
31 votes

#15 - Gingerbread Worlds

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/14/2014

In the epic finale, the three remaining bakers have just one challenge, but it's a massive one. Each baker taps into a favorite holiday memory and then constructs gingerbread worlds filled with all sorts of treats. The baker who can impress the judges the most will become the Holiday Baking Champion and take home $50,000!

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Re-Gifting
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7.40
35 votes

#16 - Re-Gifting

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/13/2015

Regifting is the theme when the five remaining bakers make a candy-apple dessert; and later, they must figure out how to turn the contents of a traditional gift basket into something deliciously sweet.

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A New Holiday Spin
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7.40
40 votes

#17 - A New Holiday Spin

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/27/2017

The six remaining bakers are creating new takes on traditional holiday baking. Inspired by an internet baking meme, for the pre-heat they'll use yellow cake mix to make anything but cake. Then in the main heat, bakers must "holiday up!" a non-holiday dessert.

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Tradition! Tradition!
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7.40
30 votes

#18 - Tradition! Tradition!

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/11/2017

The four remaining bakers celebrate two classic holiday traditions: Hanukkah jelly doughnuts and ye olde fruitcake. Duff Goldman helps introduce the pre-heat challenge in which bakers must create a dozen doughnuts featuring a challenging flavor combination. Then for the main heat, bakers try their best to reinvent fruitcake.

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New Family Classics
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7.44
18 votes

#19 - New Family Classics

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/10/2018

The remaining four bakers are going cocoa-loco for the holiday season in the chocolaty pre-heat, when they have to combine common pantry ingredients like balsamic vinegar, potato chips, oatmeal, red wine, olive oil and more in a new version of a classic holiday dessert. For the main heat, the bakers must use two key fruitcake components in a new dessert.

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Holiday Cookie Madness
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7.47
55 votes

#20 - Holiday Cookie Madness

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/9/2014

The eight bakers have to put their best cookie forward in the first two challenges of this competition. First, they'll have to make their best holiday cookie using an assigned baking tool and in the second challenge, they must use holiday ingredients to impress the judges with three different kinds of cookies.

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Holiday Party Delights
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7.49
55 votes

#21 - Holiday Party Delights

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/6/2017

To kick things off, nine bakers must create eye-catching and tantalizing new holiday treats for seasonal parties. In the pre-heat, bakers create a dessert with an unusual candy cane flavor and then, for the main heat, they use a holiday cocktail as sweet inspiration. One unlucky baker goes home.

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The Great Holiday Cake-Over
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7.50
34 votes

#22 - The Great Holiday Cake-Over

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/30/2014

The five bakers left in the Holiday Baking Championship take the polarizing fruitcake someplace new and reinvent the biggest holiday cake of all, the yule log.

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It's Not the Holidays Without Pie
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7.52
31 votes

#23 - It's Not the Holidays Without Pie

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/23/2014

In this episode, the six remaining bakers take on the crusty, sweet goodness of pie. In the first challenge, they have just 30 minutes to make their best dessert using store-bought pie crust. In the second challenge, the bakers create three different pies with three different crusts.

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We're Nuts for the Holidays
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7.55
33 votes

#24 - We're Nuts for the Holidays

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/1/2015

The Holiday Baking Championship kicks off as 10 competing bakers take on a nutty chocolate dessert in the first challenge and beautifully-decorated holiday pies in the main heat. At the end of each episode, one baker will be eliminated!

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Holidays in All the Ways
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7.56
9 votes

#25 - Holidays in All the Ways

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/13/2021

Host Jesse Palmer asks the bakers to create sweet potato and spice desserts in honor of Kwanzaa. In the main heat, the competitors make Christmas card cakes that depict a perfect family snapshot for a holiday card to capture the smiles of judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall. In the end, one baker heads for the exit.

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