The judges feel that Carlos's team achieve a cohesion. Johnny doesn't like the color though, which Sally interviews is Carlos's fault. Carlos presents his vanilla sponge cake with lemon cream and strawberries. Johnny is surprised that, given that it's the top tier, the cake is so dense. Gail likes the vanilla flavor. Sally gives her devil's food cake with chocolate buttercream, salted caramel and raspberry realness. Johnny loves that she used fresh raspberries and Gail thinks the cake is really good. Now, it's time for Rebecca's devil's food cake with whipped caramelia ganache and almond dacquoise. Margaret thinks that the texture, while neat to look at, causes mechanical problems.
The judges confer. Margaret thinks that you could tell how all of them worked as a team. They return to the judges' table.
During the Bravo Commercial Break Snippet, it is revealed that Craig got his chocolate cake recipe from Sally, his former teacher. She's super sweet about it though, but he feels a little bit like a jackass.
Gail arrives and asks for Carlos's and Matthew's teams. They are told that they made the top cakes. Rebecca gets emotional and says that she was worried about working with her hand. Margaret thought that their design was cohesive. Gail thought Sally's and Rebecca's cakes complimented each other.
The judges get all Matrix and say that Matthew's team's cake's simplicity lends itself to a great complexity. Hubert felt that the cake's appearance worked really well with the hall itself. Margaret loved the cardamom in Melissa's cake. Then, she tells Matthew that his was the least inspiring cake. Matthew's team wins the challenge!
The other teams are sent in. First though, they get applause from the other chefs. Johnny asks Craig why he thinks his team is in the bottom. He says that, in their attempt to step out of the box, they lost cohesion. Margaret agrees. Nelson gets props for the level of difficulty of his layer. Orlando says that he enjoyed the flavors in his cake and wanted to make something dense for the bottom layer. Johnny says that it's "crap" about being dense, since Nelson's layer created a dowel system. It didn't have to be dense. Hubert thinks Nelson's was the most professional. Johnny asks Nelson what he thought was the weakest component of their cake. Hubert prompts him, asking if he would have removed Craig's drum. No. He says that he would never remove the drum. He loves the drum. Oh my God, I wanna have Nelson's gingerbread children. That was so freaking sweet, no pun blah blah. Craig is so thrilled that he just stood up for his drum, he pats Nelson on the back.