The American Baking Competition - Episode Guide

Season 1

Pies and Tarts

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: May 29, 2013

Ten of the nation's top bakers from across the country begin their quest to become America's Best Amateur Baker, on the new summer reality series THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION, premiering Wednesday, May 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. In the series premiere, a baking firefighter battles his own fire in the kitchen and a Southern baker introduces judge Paul Hollywood to chocolate bacon. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy (@foxoutdoors) is the host. Chef and bestselling cookbook author Marcella Valladolid (@chefmarcela) and master baker and current judge on the UK format "The Great British Bakeoff" Paul Hollywood (@Hollywoodbaker) are judges.


Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Jun 5, 2013

Tensions rise as one baker gets burned for deceiving the judges, one whips up a batch of treats so good they deem them "slap yo mama" cookies, and someone crumbles under the pressure.


Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Jun 12, 2013

Creative juices begin to flow as the bakers face a "Surprise-Inside" cake challenge, and one baker may be overconfident when they mix soda pop and cake batter.


Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Jun 19, 2013

Bakers begin to sweat when they need to present their breads to one of the world's premiere bread bakers, Judge Paul Hollywood, and one baker hopes her red-hot candies will fire up the judges.


Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Jun 26, 2013

Brian and Francine go to war over their shared refrigerator, and the bakers must stagger their start and end times during their technical challenge to produce the perfect dessert.


Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Jul 3, 2013

The contestants face a double elimination in a semi-final showdown, and Brian puts aside his competitive nature to help a fellow baker.


Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Jul 10, 2013

As the final three bakers compete in a winner-take-all battle for $250,000 and a cookbook contract, the pressure reaches an all-time high, leading one of them to break down. Also, the contestants also face their toughest challenges yet when they need to use peanuts in their Signature Bakes, as well as make 72 American flag-inspired miniature desserts for their Showstoppers.