The BEST Episodes of Next Great Baker

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Network: TLC

In the series, Buddy Valastro puts 10 talented pastry chefs through the ringer to earn the title of Next Great Baker. At stake - $50,000 cash and a chance to work side-by-side with Buddy at Carlo's Bakery. Each week, Buddy pushes the contestants' baking and decorating skills to the limit through a series of increasingly difficult challenges. Someone will win, and someone will go home every week - until the NEXT GREAT BAKER is the last one standing.

Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!

#1 - Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 6, 2010

Ten pastry chefs begin vying for a chance to work alongside Buddy Valastro at his famous Hoboken, N.J., bakery in the series premiere. Their first task is to create elaborate celebration cakes that showcase their baking and decorating skills.

star 7.00
27 votes
Do Not Pass

#2 - Do Not Pass

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 13, 2010

Things get heated in the kitchen when the hopefuls work in teams, creating Monopoly-theme cakes to mark the 75th anniversary of the board game.

star 7.00
27 votes
'Tis the Season to Be Jolly!

#3 - 'Tis the Season to Be Jolly!

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 20, 2010

The gals battle the guys in a Christmas-theme bake-off for the American Cancer Society.

star 7.00
27 votes
It's Dyn-o-mite!

#4 - It's Dyn-o-mite!

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 27, 2010

A special-effects company needs an extreme cake to mark its 20th anniversary, so the hopefuls must incorporate special effects and pyrotechnics in their confections.

star 7.00
27 votes
3-2-1 Blast Off!

#5 - 3-2-1 Blast Off!

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 3, 2011

The hopefuls are tasked with creating space-theme cakes for Buddy Jr.'s birthday party.

star 7.00
27 votes
Here Comes the Bride!

#6 - Here Comes the Bride!

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 10, 2011

The remaining hopefuls must create a dream wedding cake for a couple who are about to walk down the aisle.

star 7.00
27 votes
Pedal to the Metal

#7 - Pedal to the Metal

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 17, 2011

Cakes inspired by cars are created after the hopefuls are taken for a test drive in a new vehicle.

star 7.00
27 votes
The Big Finale!

#8 - The Big Finale!

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 24, 2011

The winner is crowned in the Season 1 finale. At stake is $50,000 and a job at Carlo's Bakery.

star 7.00
27 votes
It's Go Time!

#9 - It's Go Time!

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 28, 2011

In the series premiere, the competitors put their baking skills to the test when they are paired up into teams to create a 4-foot tall theme cake. But when Buddy presents an interesting challenge to win immunity, will it be every baker for themselves?

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0 votes
Life-Sized Cakes

#10 - Life-Sized Cakes

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 5, 2011

Sculpted cakes are one of the most popular requests made by clients today and nobody does them better than Buddy. The competitors are asked to create life-sized sculpted cakes in 10 hours with special mystery clients serving as the models.

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0 votes
Wedding Wonderland

#11 - Wedding Wonderland

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 12, 2011

Being the Next Great Baker means creating cakes that are magazine worthy. The stakes are raised when the competitors are asked to create elaborate wedding cakes inspired by the latest wedding trends for Brides Magazine.

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0 votes
Bakers On Ice

#12 - Bakers On Ice

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 19, 2011

Competition heats up for the holidays when the bakers break into teams to create their best holiday themed cake for the Valastro Christmas party. But not everyone is merry as tempers flare amongst the teams with one baker making a trip to the hospital.

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0 votes
Let the Sparks Fly

#13 - Let the Sparks Fly

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 26, 2011

"Engineered" cakes that spin, smoke and spark require the contestants to work together on a difficult challenge.

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0 votes
Gators, Chimps and Bears...Oh My!

#14 - Gators, Chimps and Bears...Oh My!

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 2, 2012

The contestants' speed and agility are tested when they unload the industrial ovens at the new factory. Meanwhile, animal cakes are needed for a New Jersey zoo.

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0 votes
Here Comes the Bride-zilla!

#15 - Here Comes the Bride-zilla!

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 9, 2012

It's wedding day at the bakery! The bakers must team up to create an off-beat wedding cake for a true bridezilla! It's the ultimate test to see how these bakers will handle a difficult client, but will the bride's requests be too demanding?

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0 votes
Headbanging Bakers

#16 - Headbanging Bakers

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 16, 2012

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0 votes
Crown Winning Cakes

#17 - Crown Winning Cakes

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 23, 2012

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0 votes
…And the Winner Is?

#18 - …And the Winner Is?

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 30, 2012

Season 2 ends with finalists Marissa, Nadine and Ryan vying for the top spot, which includes a $100,000 prize, a feature in Brides magazine and a chance to work at Carlo's Bakery.

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0 votes
Game On!

#19 - Game On!

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 26, 2012

In the Season 3 premiere, contestants come up with ideas for a groom's cake with a Mexican fiesta-theme for Mario Lopez's wedding

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0 votes
Cake Powers, Activate!

#20 - Cake Powers, Activate!

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 3, 2012

The chef-testants prepare to construct and decorate 3-foot-tall cakes that pay homage to their favorite childhood fantasies by creating a superhero cake; a surprise judge for the week worries the participants that they may be smashed to pieces.

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Bunny Suits and BB Guns

#21 - Bunny Suits and BB Guns

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 10, 2012

The remaining chefs are tasked with creating a cake for the cast of Broadway's newest musical, one that pays homage to the holiday film, "A Christmas Story", after which their creations are judged by the movie's star, Peter Billingsley.

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0 votes
Cake Roast

#22 - Cake Roast

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 17, 2012

The remaining chefs form two teams to create life-size cakes of guest judges, Comics Judy Gould and Carol Leifer.

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0 votes
New Years Eve, Hoboken Style!

#23 - New Years Eve, Hoboken Style!

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 31, 2012

The contestants discuss the casting process, their first day at the bakery and emerging rivalries.

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0 votes
Wedding Belles

#24 - Wedding Belles

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 7, 2013

The competitors create wedding cakes, but they have to change course when the brides alter their design plans.

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0 votes
Cakes Al Dente

#25 - Cakes Al Dente

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 14, 2013

Contestants create cakes resembling classic Italian meals.

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0 votes