Ultimate Cake Off

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Ultimate Cake Off
Presented byMichael Schulson (2009)
George Duran (2010-)
JudgesMargaret Braun
Leigh Grode
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
ProducersSean Atkins, Robin Feinberg
Running time48 minutes
Original release
ReleaseAugust 3, 2009 (2009-08-03) –
May 31, 2010 (2010-05-31)
Cake Boss
Next Great Baker

Ultimate Cake Off is an American television series that aired on TLC. The show is based on professional cake artists that go "head-to-head" in constructing cakes over five feet tall with the assistance of a team of chefs, designers etc. for a money prize. Season one of the series, hosted by Michael Schulson, premiered on August 3, 2009. Season two, hosted by George Duran, premiered on February 1, 2010. Professional bakers Margaret Braun and Leigh Grode join the hosts as judges.


Each competition involves three teams of bakers, in which they have 9 hours to make cakes for a particular client—all of them must meet minimums on height and food content. Each cake is judged for three criteria: client satisfaction, technical difficulty and aesthetic appeal. Each competition also has a taste test, in which four judges (Braun, Grode, the host and the client) taste a sample of the bakers' cakes; the winner of this round has the right to select the team that should sit out for thirty minutes. (Some episodes also feature a skills test, in which each baker decorates a small cake, also for the right to take a team out for thirty minutes). After time runs out, each team moves their cakes to the judging room, where the four judges deliberate on the qualities and faults of each cake. The cake with the most votes wins $10,000, plus display at the client's event.

Notable contestants[edit]

Dana Herbert, a baker from Bear, Delaware, participated in a Season 1 competition for Legoland California; he did not win. In 2011, he would become the first champion of TLC's Next Great Baker, in which he would become an intern for Buddy Valastro at Carlo's Bake Shop.

Series overview[edit]

The color-coded kitchen set of Ultimate Cake Off
Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 8 August 3, 2009 October 19, 2009
2 12 February 1, 2010 April 26, 2010


Season 1[edit]

Ep # Total Title Airdate Winner
11"Shark Summer"August 3, 2009 (2009-08-03)Tariq Hanna
Tariq Hanna, Richard Medina, and Ashley Vicos compete to create an aquarium themed cake for the Aquarium of the Pacific's Shark Summer Celebration, and the winner will also walk away with $10,000.
22"Pirates"August 31, 2009 (2009-08-31)Mike Elder
Bob Brougham, Susan Carberry, and Mike Elder compete to create a Pirate themed cake over five feet tall for the annual Pirate Invasion Fair in Long Beach.
33"Square Dancing"September 7, 2009 (2009-09-07)Courtney Clark
Norman R. Davis, Courtney Clark, and Clemence Gossett compete to create a cake for the 58th National Square Dancing Convention, and the winner will also walk away with $10,000.
44"4th of July"September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14)Pat Jacoby
Tariq Hanna, Pat Jacoby, and Carrie Biggers compete to create a cake that will be displayed at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's Fourth of July Celebration, and the winner will also walk away with $10,000.
55"Automobiles & Fashion"September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28)Martha Hebert
Martha Hebert, Leslie Poyourow and Greg Marsh compete to create black and white car themed cakes for the Petersen Automotive Museum's 15th Anniversary celebration.
66"Wedding Celebration"October 5, 2009 (2009-10-05)Norman Davis
Norman Davis, Rebecca Sutterby and Mark Randazzo compete to create the wedding cake of every bride's dream.
77"LEGOLAND"October 12, 2009 (2009-10-12)Anne Heap
Dana Herbert, Kate Sullivan, and Anne Heap compete to create a Lego themed cake for Legoland California Resort's 10th Anniversary Celebration, and the winner will walk also away with $10,000.
88"Circus Spectacular"October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19)Ashley Vicos
Roland Winbeckler, Mary Moy-Hochstetler, and Ashley Vicos compete to create circus themed cakes for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's Circus.

Season 2[edit]

Ep # Total Title Airdate
19"Winter Wedding"February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)
Mike Terry, Andrea Carusetta, and Charity George compete to create a bride's winter wonderland dream cake.
210"Top Dogs"February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)
Mike Elder, Wayne Steinkopf, and Christine Schnee compete to create an American Kennel Club dog themed cake that will be showcased at the American Kennel Club's prestigious Agility Invitational, and the winner will also walk away with $10,000.
311"The Nutcracker Sweet"February 15, 2010 (2010-02-15)
John Auburn, Beryl Byrd, and Anna Echols compete to create a cake for Long Beach Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker, and whoever is chosen will have the honor of having their cake presented onstage and will win a $10,000 prize.
412"Really Sweet 16"February 22, 2010 (2010-02-22)
Kathy Scott, Bob Brougham, and Beth Ayala compete to create a riverboat themed sweet 16 cake for a young girl's sweet 16 birthday party on the Scarlett Belle riverboat. Whoever makes the ultimate cake will also win $10,000.
513"Griffith Observatory"March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)
Colette Peters competes against previous champions Norman Davis and Anne Heap to make a cake for Griffith Observatory's 75th Anniversary.
614"Vintage Hollywood Wedding"March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)
Master Cake builders Jan Kish and Sharon Zambito take on returning champion Pat Jacoby to make a Hollywood themed wedding cake and to win $10,000.
715"Monster Mash"March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15)
Returning champion Ashley Vicos takes on newcomers Christy Vega-Gluch and Mark Atwood to make a cake for Monster Jam and to win the $10,000 prize.
816"Fairy Tale Wedding"March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22)
Martha Herbert a returning champ takes on newcomer Amelia Carbine and master cake artist Julie Bashore to win $10,000 and to have their cake chosen to be in a fairy tale themed wedding.
917"Roller Derby!"April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05)
Three master cake artists compete against each for $10,000 and to have their cake featured at the opening to a Roller derby season opening event.
1018"Honoring the Bravest"April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)
Three cake artists compete to make a cake that pays tribute to the Los Angeles Fire Department for their ceremony.
1119"Swimwear Fashion Show"April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)
Returning champions Mike Elder, Ashely Vicos and Norman Davis compete against each to make a cake for a swimwear fashion show.
1220"Black-Tie Wedding"April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26)
Three newcomers compete each other to make a cake for a black-tie wedding.


Ep # Title Airdate
Cake Boss S-02"Cake Boss: Ultimate Cake Boss"May 31, 2010 (2010-05-31)
In this special episode of Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro decides which of his brothers-in-law makes the best cake for the 100th anniversary of Carlo's Bakery. This is the first time that Cake Boss has done a crossover with Ultimate Cake Off.