Johnny and Gail hit the sugar trail that is the quickfire tasting line. Up first is Tania with a chocolate cake with chicory mousse and mesquite powder. Next is Heather, who has made carrot cake with crème fraiche and fried carrots just to make it sound all high art. Also, gross. Heather appears to have incurred our first Just Desserts injury, because she seems to have bandages on her head, but her bangs are skillfully covering them. She should take advice from Denise Huxtable and wear a bandanna instead. Zac made a blood orange marshmallow death trap that glues Johnny to the lemon cupcake and not in a good way. Gail doesn't look like she'd mind taking it home for a night or two, though. Danielle's mint chip mousse filled cupcake elicits a "MMMmmm!" from Gail so she either loved it or was begging for M&Ms.
Uninhibited baker Eric made the devil's food, clearly invoking Beezlebub to help him win this infernal competition. Tim's attempt to masquerade a frozen semi-freddo as a cupcake failed and Johnny made a sad little face as he moved on to Seth's coconut basil pine nut cupcake. Morgan made a soufflé with caramel buttercream and Malika made ...nothing. In her misery she flung herself off the tallest piece of the GE Monogram Kitchen that she could find. Johnny calls her out as a loser even as she flogs herself. Joining her in the bottom is Tim and his fraudulent cupcake. Rounding out the bottom three is Zac and the marshmallow deathtrap. Zac quickly realizes that since the other two chefs didn't actually make cupcakes, he is the Real Loser. Loser shall be branded on his forehead with spun sugar and sprinkles. The winners are obvious: Seth and his basil buttercream that Johnny calls herbaceous (a word that MUST be said with the accent of Keanu Reeves from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure). He also liked Tania's cupcake which he *shudder* calls moist as if that's a good thing and not a dirty dirty word at all. He also liked Heather's fried carrots, because that is the cutting edge of pastry. As in cutting the edge into the vegetable world. The winner? Seth and his basilicious caramelized pine nut cupcake. Seth considers this a sign from the gods that he is intended to win the entire competition. JUST LIKE HAROLD DIETERLE.